Neonomicon Hornbook

Neonomicon Hornbook cover, by Jacen Burrows
Neonomicon Hornbook cover, by Jacen Burrows

Below are annotations for the Neonomicon Hornbook “At the Mansions of Madness”   (16 pages, December 2009)
Writer: Alan Moore (AM), Artist: Jacen Burrows (JB), Based on works of H.P. Lovecraft (HPL)
>Go to Moore Lovecraft annotations index

Note: some of this stuff is obvious, but you never know who’s reading this and what their exposure is. If there’s stuff we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.

General: A hornbook is a primer; this issue was a preview, helping readers of The Courtyard to understand the context of Neonomicon. As such, it consists of the first 9 pages from Neonomicon #1, followed by Moore’s script for the first 5 pages of that issue. Except for the cover, then the annotations for the Neonomicon Hornbook are thus identical to those for the first 9 pages of Neonomicon #1 – see panel by panel annotations there.

As of 2021, the Neonomicon Hornbook is available for purchase (very inexpensively) at the Avatar Press inhouse Comic Cavalcade online store.



  • The cover depicts Aldo Sax, garbed as a prisoner and sitting in a prison cell; the starry scene and missing bricks behind him suggest that despite his incarceration he is still tuned in to something bigger. The spiraling figure above his head resembles a DNA chain, perhaps hinting at Brears’ conception.

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