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Abdul Alhazred

A possible depiction of Abdul Alhazred.

Abdul Alhazred is a prominent figure in the Lovecraftian mythology and has been frequently described as "The Mad Arab" or similiar due to his dealings with forbidden magic and the dreaded "elder-things".


Arabic male of undetermined age. He lived at or around the 7th-8th century AD and is the author of the infamous Necronomicon, a book of magic so evil that it invariably drives the users totally, irredeemably insane. The book is variously ascribed as covering aspects of necromancy or demonology, and could be said to cover both.


Abdul Alhazred died at an unknown date when, while walking through a market place somewhere in the Middle East. He was ripped to shreds by invisible demons after being lifted into the air by said demons.

Powers and Abilities

Abdul Alhazred is a highly accomplished sorcerer due to his intense study in magic. True extent of his powers are but unknown.



  • Abdul Alhazred features throughout the Cthulthu Mythos genre by author H. P. (Howard Philips) Lovecraft, though he is never described in detail and in the original canon is only a name, never seen or heard.
  • There exists another Arab character of the same name in the videogame Evil Dead: Hail to the King, but unlike the traditional character he was named after, this Abdul Alhazred is not evil nor mad, but he wanted to make amends for the creation of the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis which was sought after by a cult of demonic conjurors who worshipped the Dark Ones known only as The Gulld.

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