(1) A Forbidden Book

Owlswick Press published a small edition of the Necronomicon as its first volume in 1973. It was apparently ghost-written (how else?) by L. Sprague de Camp, but consisted entirely of Arabic script. The Library of Congress balked at registering the copyright on the grounds that it was a reprint…

from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
Abdul Alhazred's handy guide to demonology, in the Lovecraft mythos. All fulla dread secrets and tales of the Elder Gods, not to mention darker Hints about the Universe. Rare as it is, many a pallid, sensitive young intellectual has come to a messy end by study of its direly blasphemous pronouncements. (Many collectors have gone digging around in libraries for it, but actually the nearest thing to such a volume is the grimoire, several of which were written by medievals. The index-cards you'll find in the files of the Library at Yale University ["In rare book collection… bound in leather believed human"] turned out to be a hoax.) Only a meagre portion of the text has wide circulation; bibliophile Coswal, cautioning against fakes, explains that the only genuine Necronomicon quotes are those forged by H P Lovecraft. All other forgeries are imitations.

Necronomicon apparently was used as a name for the league organization sponsored by Weird Tales, from which the Washington Outsiders descended.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
(Lovecraft) - A book by Alhazred, the mad Arab, full of dread secrets and tales of the Elder Gods, and darker hints, which Lovecraft often referred to in his stories. Many collectors have gone digging around in libraries for it, but it actually does not exist, the nearest thing to it being some shadowy books by medievals. Necronomicon apparently was used as a name for the league organization sponsored by Weird Tales, from which the Outsiders' Club is descended. We append an incantation to Yog-Sothoth, taken from the Necronomicon: "Ygnaiih - ygnaiih - thflthkh'ngha - Yog-Sothoth - y'bthuk h'ehye - n'grkdl'lh."

(2) A Convention in Florida

A convention in the Tampa, FL area sponsored by the Stone Hill SF Association. It describes itself as "Florida's Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Convention".

Convention Dates GoHs
Necronomicon 1 October 29-31, 1982 Andy Offutt, Marv Wolfman
Necronomicon '83 October 28-30, 1983 Piers Anthony, Robert Adams
Necronomicon '84 November 2-4, 1984 Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Linda Terrell, Gail Bennett
Necronomicon '85 October 11-13, 1985 Robert Bloch, Roger Zelazny
Necronomicon '86 October 31-November 2, 1986 Piers Anthony
Necronomicon '87 October 16-18, 1987 Frederik Pohl, Orson Scott Card
Necronomicon '88 October 21-23, 1988 Timothy Zahn, Alan Dean Foster
Necronomicon '89 October 12-14, 1989 George Alec Effinger, Tom Kidd
Necronomicon '90 October 26-28, 1990 Lawrence Watt Evans, Jack Haldeman
Necronomicon '91 October 11-13, 1991 Ron Goulart, Barbara Hambly, Piers Anthony
Necronomicon '92 October 9-11, 1992 James P. Hogan, Glen Cook, Ray Aldridge
Necronomicon '93 October 15-17, 1993 Peter David, Lois McMaster Bujold
Necronomicon 13th October 14-16, 1994 George R.R. Martin, Timothy Zahn, Brinke Stevens
Necronomicon '95 October 13-15, 1995 Ben Bova, Terry Pratchett
Necronomicon '96 October 11-13, 1996 J. Michael Straczynski, Brinke Stevens
Necronomicon '97 October 10-12, 1997 Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Joe Green
Necronomicon '98 October 9-11, 1998 C.J. Cherryh, Jack C. Haldeman, Barbara Delaplace
Necronomicon 1999 October 8-10, 1999 Joan D. Vinge, Jennifer Roberson
Necronomicon 2000 October 20-22, 2000 James P. Hogan, Lynn Abbey
Necronomicon 2001 October 26-28, 2001 Walter Jon Williams, Orson Scott Card, Timothy Zahn
Necronomicon '02 October 4-6, 2002 David Brin, Tim Powers, James P. Hogan
Necronomicon '03 October 24-27, 2003 Gahan Wilson, Steve Jackson, Ellisa Mitchell
Necronomicon '04 October 15-17, 2004 Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson
Necronomicon '05 October 28-30, 2005 Peter David, Lloyd Kaufman, George Lowe
Necronomicon '06 October 27-29, 2006 Vernor Vinge, Harry Turtledove, Kevin Grazier
Necronomicon 2007 October 5-7, 2007 Alan M. Clark, Jack McDevitt, Owl Goingback
Necronomicon 2008 October 10-12, 2008 Frederik Pohl, Julie Czerneda, Rick Wilber
Necronomicon 2009 October 23-25, 2009 Patricia Briggs, Catherine Asaro, Richard Lee Byers
Necronomicon 2010 October 22-24, 2010 David Gerrold
Necronomicon 2011 October 21-23, 2011 Ben Bova
Necronomicon 2012 October 26-28, 2012 Linnea Sinclair
Necronomicon 2013 October 18-20, 2013 Christopher Paolini
Necronomicon 2014 October 3-5, 2014 Eric Flint (who was unable to attend)
Necronomicon 2015 October 9-11, 2015 Timothy Zahn, Joe Haldeman & Eric Flint
Necronomicon 2016 October 28-30, 2016 Steven Barnes, Steven Brust
Necronomicon 2015 October 20-22, 2017 Timothy Zahn
Necronomicon 2018 October 19-21, 2018 Tonia Brown, Rick WIlber
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(3) A Convention in Massachusetts

Necronomicon: The Cthulhu Mythos Con was a convention held August 20-22, 1993 at the Sheraton Tara & Resort in Danvers MA. The GoH was Robert Bloch and the AGoH was Gahan Wilson. It appears to have been a one-shot aimed at the Cthulhu Mythos.

(4) A Convention in Providence, RI

Necronomicon Providence seems to be a Lovecraft-oriented cross between a fannish convention and a mundane conference. It is sponsored by the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council.

Convention Dates GoHs
Necronomicon Providence 2013 August 23-25, 2013 S.T. Joshi, Robert Price, Wilum H. Pugmire, Stuart Gordon, Laird Barron, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Paul Komoda, Sandy Petersen
Necronomicon Providence 2015 August 20-23, 2015 Ramsey Campbell, John Coulthart, Lois H. Gresh, Stephen Jones, Leslie Klinger, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Robert Price, Ann K. Schwader, and Donald Burleson
Necronomicon Providence 2017 August 17-20, 2017 Ellen Datlow, Richard Stanley, John Jude Palencar, poet Donald Sidney-Fryer, Steve Mariconda, Kij Johnson, Stephen Graham Jones, Nnedi Okorafor, and Peter Straub
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(5) An APA

A Lovecraftian apa run by Randy Everts.

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(6) An Early Convention in London

The Second British Convention was retroactively named Necronomicon in an ad in the Nycon II program book for Loncon, the 1957 Worldcon.

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