This UK based fansite represents years of hard work by Evil Dead fans to assemble the the definitive online resource covering every aspect of the original Evil Dead trilogy, from the early Super-8 days, through The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II & Army Of Darkness, pulling together a vast array of sources to present the most comprehensive website ever. It does not cover The Evil Dead 2013 remake, nor the Ash Vs Evil Dead TV series.
For the 11th anniversary of BookOfTheDead.ws in October 2020, I offered ten copies of my Evil Dead Database. I didn't re-post it on Facebook as I normally would, as I wanted to reserve it for people who actually checked the site, rather than sell everything on Facebook. By October 31st, only six had been bought, so that is what I made. You can see extensive make-photos and read more information on the Evil Dead Database SSD Project page in the Features section
Further, a number of other updates have been made in the Features section. Some of the link banners in the main features list have been re-orientated for ease of new additions, but everything works the same as it did before. PDF scans of a Cut-Out Poster, Event Guides & Programs relating to the 2011 British Museum Ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead Exhibition, have been added to the Book Of The Dead page. Plus, the oldest section of the site; The Evil Dead C64 section, has been updated. New & upgraded images have been added to the The Evil Dead C64 Images & Downloads page & The Evil Dead C64 Review page, a new page has been added; The Evil Dead C64 In-Print page, and information has been added & updated across the pages in that section. Huge thanks to UK fan Michael Witchy for tracking down more information on the BBC Model B version of the game.
Huge thanks to US fan Douglas Roark, who spent time in Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina over two days shooting footage in November 2020, at the tunnel location seen just after the main titles in Evil Dead II. You can watch an edit of his fantastic footage on the Evil Dead II - Locations page. This location was missed off my own personal US locations trip in 2012 as it was unidentified at the time; Evil Dead Fan Trip Of A Lifetime page. A request for footage has now been removed from the Wants page.
Thanks to a cracking piece of research by US fan Alex Maxfield, two document scans have been added to the The Evil Dead - Production page, one of which is a The Evil Dead investor & shares list dated November 9, 1979. This gives a complete list of the original investors, the profit shares they get, and the budgets the production had available.
November 15, 2020 - More Additions & Updates
Five new magazine scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; L'Ecran Fantastique #39 - November 1983, Midnight Marquee #36 - Fall 1987, Shivers #101 - December 2002, TerrorZone Vol.1 No.2 - January/March 1992, and TerrorZone Vol.1 No.3 - May/June 1992. Thanks to Australian fan Alex Lanco for the last two. Also an updated scan of The Evil Dead - UK Palace Pictures Press Kit & Release - 1983 added to the The Evil Dead - In-Print page; which now has two additional pages obtained from a separate press kit, and Army Of Darkness - In-Print page; Army Of Darkness - French Pressbook - 1994, which is a really nice glossy twenty page french-language book.
One new entry has been added into the Fan Collections page; the collection of Michael Witchy from the UK. Thanks to him for taking the time to do this, and allowing his collection to be added.
Twenty new gallery photos have been added. Eight on the The Evil Dead - Photo Gallery page; numbers 416, 422, 423, 424, 426, 427, 428, & 429. Nine on the Evil Dead II - Photo Gallery page; numbers 402, 446, 484, 495, 511, 530, 698, 889, & 891. Lastly, two on the Super-8 Origins - Photos & Artwork page; Mike Ditz with a Canon Scoopic 16mm camera, and Sam, Bruce, Bill Kirk, Mike Ditz & Buzz Luttrell. (Please note: every time any of the photo gallery pages are updated, the numbers shuffle up or down to accommodate new images, so if they've been updated since this news entry, these numbers may not match exactly.).
Thanks to further research and more help from French fan Anthony, the Evil Dead Trilogy Newspapers Archive (1976-2009) has been expanded by 170 pages! Find it on the Super-8 Origins - In-Print page, The Evil Dead - In-Print page, the Evil Dead II - In-Print page, and the Army Of Darkness - In-Print page. This is now a PDF containing 611 pages of Evil Dead Trilogy related material ranging from 1976 up to 2009. The majority of material is clustered around the trilogy's three release dates. There is a lot of advertising & short reviews, but there's some very interesting full articles in there too, as well as some horribly obscure references, the inclusion of which will mistify most! The archives cover various Newspapers including The Detroit Free Press, The Lansing State Journal, The Tennessean, The New York Daily News, and The UK Guardian among many others.
Asides the retrospectives on Renaissance Pictures and individual interviews with the cast & crew, you have many more disparate articles. There are pre-The Evil Dead reviews of Betsy Baker's stage acting, a upcoming Within The Woods 1979 screening announcement, interviews with Ron 'The Ghoul' Sweed, a few 1981 'sneak preview' Book Of The Dead screening adverts, information on The Evil Dead at Cannes 1982, articles on The Evil Dead's censorship issues in the UK, Ellen Sandwiess becoming the General Manager of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in 1982, and much more!
Lastly, the Army Of Darkness section has been upgraded, so clicking each image on a page will display a larger version in a 'Lightbox' window. Use the arrow icons or your keyboard's left/right arrows to navigate through the photos on each page. You can also middle-click an image to open the larger version in a new window. Images will open to a maximum dimension of 1600px by 800px; ideally sized to fit on a 1080p screen. Images which are smaller than this, will be displayed at their original resolution. This update totals nearly two-hundred images, and finally completes this image update across the site.
October 31, 2020 - Huge Anniversary Update
For the site's eleventh anniversary, we have a huge update. To start, backups of three old websites have been added to the Links page. They are; Tom Sullivan's official website DarkAgeProductions.com (saved 11/03/09), the French language website Evil Dead Revival (saved 13/03/09), and the offical LadiesOfTheEvilDead.com website (saved 11/03/09). All three have been offline for a good few years now, but have been saved and re-hosted here simply for posterity. Also, one current website link has been added; The Knights Of Sumaria, which is a forum devoted to Evil Dead resources, prop-making & replicas.
Some may remember a reference in Michael Jonascu's interview, to a hidden message in one of the pages of the Evil Dead II Book Of The Dead, relating to someone who had done something gross and pissed Tom off. Michael didn't elaborate, but thanks to a little detective work, you can see the hidden message, along with who the person was, and what they did, on the Evil Dead II - Special F/X page.
A huge two hundred and sixty-one photos have been added to the galleries across the site. (Please note: every time any of the photo gallery pages are updated, the numbers shuffle up or down to accommodate new images, so if they've been updated since this news entry, these numbers may not match exactly.).
Finally five new & upgraded photos added to the Super-8 Origins - Photos & Artwork page; Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi & Rob Tapert #2, Bruce Campbell & Sam Raimi #2, Bruce Campbell #9, Sam Raimi (At Camp Tamakwa #14), Sam Raimi (At Camp Tamakwa #15).
A huge amount of work has been put into the The Rarest Collectables page within the Collectables section. Five items have been added; The Evil Dead UK Palace Pictures Pre-Cert VHS (1983), The Evil Dead UK Palace Pictures Re-Release Dealer Promo Poster (1987), The Evil Dead UK Palace Pictures Re-Release Dealer Promo Tape Standee (1987), The Evil Dead Japanese Herald Videogram LD/VHD (1985), Evil Dead II UK Palace Pictures Promo Posters (1987). Further, nearly every entry has been given an expandable eBay listing section below detailing previous sales, and a number of the other photos have been upgraded, and outdated information updated. Huge thanks to everyone who helped, including Peter Eherer, Nigel Morris, Michael Witchy, Thomas Paul Wilson, Ed Blackburn, Elliot Cowley, Anthony Kess, James Stevens, Ramsey Lawson, and finally Kyle from EvilDead2.com
The whole of the Features section (including all the interviews) has been upgraded, so clicking each image on a page will display a larger version in a 'Lightbox' window. Use the arrow icons or your keyboard's left/right arrows to navigate through the photos on each page. You can also middle-click an image to open the larger version in a new window. Images will open to a maximum dimension of 1600px by 800px; ideally sized to fit on a 1080p screen. Images which are smaller than this, will be displayed at their original resolution. This update totals nearly thirteen-hundred images, and just leaves the Army Of Darkness section left to be updated, which will follow shortly.
Details of Ted Sedlmayr's visit to the Evil Dead II cabin site in Wadesboro, NC, in July 1995 with his friend Chad, has been added to the Evil Dead II - Locations page. Huge thanks to him for getting in touch.
Extensive photos of a fantastic fifth model; Gavin Smith / Make-Me-A's 3D printed Evil Dead II 1:160 scale cabin model set, have been added to the Cabin Miniature Scale Models page in the Features section. The set is as tiny as it is breathtaking in its detail. The cabin itself is only 50mm or 2" across.
Further interesting information has been added to The Evil Dead - Locations page, concerning a hook and chain owned by US fan Dennis Carter Jr, found at The Evil Dead cabin site some years back. If anyone reading this can shed any light on these items, please get in touch.
Three new magazine scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; NME - June 27, 1987, Ooh My Brain Hurts #8 - 1992 and Video Week - August 17, 1987. Further, one upgraded scan has been added to the Evil Dead II - In-Print page; Evil Dead 2 - Spanish Synopsis Card - 1988. Huge thanks to French fan Anthony for scanning the card & NME.
You can now head over to the Features section to read an interview conducted with Michael Jonascu. Michael was a PA & assistant editor on Evil Dead II, meeting the group first on Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except, but remaining friends long after. He has a wealth of great anecdotes about his time on both productions, and the preceding years. Michael has also provided scans of nearly one hundred photos he took himself took during his time on Evil Dead II. Most have never been publicly seen before, so huge thanks to him for taking the time to do that.
This interview was actually conducted back in December 2019, but due to the current situation, and how extensive it is, it's taken until now to get online. The interview lasted over three hours and the raw transcription was nearly 30,000 words over thirty-two A4 pages, by far the biggest on this site to date!
Some interesting new information has been added to The Evil Dead - Props page, concerning Rubber Hand owned by US fan Dennis Carter Jr, which could-possibly-may be a actual screen used fake hand from The Evil Dead, or could just be a complete coincidence. If anyone reading this can shed any light on this item, please get in touch.
Three new magazine scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Movie Goer - March 1983, Samhain #21 - June-July 1990, and Video World - May 1995.
Finally, a new page has been added to the Within The Woods section; Within The Woods - DVD Film Can page. This details a personal fanmade DVD project from November 2019, to put the best version of Within The Woods on a DVD, with special 'film can' packaging. Ten of these were made in total, and nine were either given away, or traded with other fans. There are currently no plans to make any more.
March 22, 2020 - Collectables Additions
One-hundred-and-five new and upgraded images/item scans have been added to the Collectables section. That breaks down to thirty-two trilogy posters, thirty trilogy VHS releases, twenty-eight trilogy DVD releases, three standees, three promo badges, one t-shirt, one VCD, one OST cassette, and a handful of other assorted bits & pieces. A huge thanks to French fan Anthony for a good few of the entries, along with German fan Peter Ehere, Italian Emanuele Crivello, Australian Harry Ewald, and finally the webmaster of EvilDead2.com; UK fan Kyle Pickup too.
March 8, 2020 - Various Additions
Some interesting new information has been added to The Evil Dead - Locations page, concerning an oil lantern owned by US fan Dennis Carter Jr, which could-possibly-may be the actual screen used lantern from The Evil Dead, or could just be a complete coincidence. If anyone reading this can shed any light on this item, please get in touch.
Six new & upgraded magazine scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Screen International #336 - April 3, 1982, Screen International #387 - April 2, 1983, Screen International #487 - March 16, 1985, Screen International #524 - November 30, 1985, Video World Vol.5 No.4 - April 1983, and New Musical Express / NME - February 26 1983. Two further new scans have been added to The Evil Dead - In-Print page; The Evil Dead - LA International Film Expo Filmmex Notes - 1983 and The Evil Dead - Peru Lobby Card - 1986. Thanks to French fan Anthony for scans of the last entry.
Apologies for the lack up recent updates, moving house has taken up so much spare time recently, and a fair collection of material to add to the site has been building up, so expect more additions.
Two new pages have been added within the Features section. The first; Book Of The Dead - A Photobook, details a personal Evil Dead book project worked on over four months; from September 2019 up to the end of January 2020. The page includes a free digital PDF version of the book, along with photos of the production process. The second addition is a page devoted to Alex Lanco's Cellar Display. It details a 2018-2020 project by Australian fan Alex Lanco to create an Evil Dead display room, containing many replica props and set-pieces, as well as displaying his huge collection. It's monumental project, more than worthy of its own page.
One new entry has been added into the Fan Collections page; the collection of David Munoz from Texas. Thanks to him for taking the time to do this, and allowing his collection to be added.
Lastly, the Michael Jonascu interview mentioned in the previous update is being worked on. Michael also has a large number of previously unseen Evil Dead II on-set photos, so expect that addition shortly.
January 10, 2020 - Various Additions
As there are now a number of subsections to the Collectables section, the full/main listings page has been sectioned off, so readers don't have to load the huge full Collectables page, while navigating to one of the sub-pages. The link to load the full Collectables page is at the bottom of the main/root page.
Nine items have been added to the The Rarest Collectables page within the Collectables section; It's Murder Promo Postcard (1978), The Evil Dead Book Of The Dead Titled VHS, The Evil Dead CMV LaserVision German 'Necronomicon' DVD (2001), Evil Dead II UK Palace Pictures Theatrical & VHS Promotion Packs (1987), Evil Dead II UK Palace Pictures Video Shop Standees (1987), Evil Dead II US Press Kit (1987). Further, a number of the other photos have been upgraded, and outdated information updated.
Two upgraded scans have been added. One to the Evil Dead II - In-Print page; Evil Dead 2 - US Press Kit - 1987, which has sixteen new press photos, and a better scan of the outer cover. The second scans to the The Evil Dead - In-Print page; The Evil Dead - UK Palace Pictures Video Store DPP Letter - 1985, huge thanks to Paul for sending a one of his spare photocopies.
Over two-hundred new & upgraded photos have been added to the The Evil Dead - An Immersive Experience page within the Features section; Huge thanks to US fan Alfonso Gonzales for taking them. The page now also includes a ZIP file link, to download all 337 photos in their original full resolution/quality.
Details of a Polaroid taken by Bruce Campbell of The Evil Dead's burned down & overgrown cabin location in Morristown Tennessee in 1983, has been added to the The Evil Dead - Locations page.
Finally, all twenty-five copies of the Book Of The Dead - 24 Years Of Evil Dead Projects, A Photobook on the Online Store page have now sold out. Books one to seventeen have already been mailed out, and book twenty is being assembled as of writing. While this book may be expanded & updated years off in the future, for the moment, no more will be made. A huge thanks to everyone who showed their support. This was one of two projects which has left little spare time for recent site additions/updates. The second is an interview with Michael Jonascu; Sam Raimi's PA and assistant editor on Evil Dead II. The interview lasted over three hours and the raw transcription is nearly 30,000 words! Expect this to be added to the site in the next few weeks.