Necronomicon (Giger book)

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Necronomicon was the first major published compendium of images by Swiss artist H. R. Giger. Originally published in 1977, the book was given to director Ridley Scott during the pre-production of the film Alien, who then hired Giger to produce artwork and conceptual designs for the film.[1][2]

The book was originally published by Sphinx Verlag and was republished in 1991 by Morpheus International with additional artwork from Giger's Alien designs.[3] A subsequent collection of his images followed as H. R. Giger's Necronomicon 2, printed in 1985 by Edition C of Switzerland.[4]

Giger's Necronomicon is named for H. P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire Lovecraft invented and used as a plot device in his stories.[1]

Giger's Necronomicon was influential in the design of the 1993 video game Doom inspiring some of the disturbing environments and hellish monsters.[5]


  1. ^ a b Thill, Scott (2010-02-05). "Feb. 5, 1940: It's Surreal Thing — H.R. Giger Born". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  2. ^ Domino, Matt (May 20, 2019). "The nightmarish works of H.R. Giger, the artist behind "Alien"". CNN. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  3. ^ Judge, Kieran (March 11, 2019). "Designing Nightmares: H.R. Giger and 'Alien'". Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  4. ^ Sagliani, Devan (1 January 2016). "Remembering HR Giger - Dark Dreams". Escapist Magazine. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  5. ^ Hoad, Phil (27 January 2014). "How we made the video game Doom". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-07-30.


  • Giger, Hans Ruedi (1984). Necronomicon. Zürich: Edition C.