Even if you only have a passing knowledge of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft (or if you're an Evil Dead fan), you're probably familiar with the ancient occult book known as the Necronomicon, which figured in so many of the author's classic horror tales. Some of those stories hinted that the evil tome is kept under wraps in the library of the fictional Miskatonic University in Massachusetts. But there are some occult experts who claim the book is not only the legit item, but really was buried beneath a New England college... and some say it's still there.
The blog New England Folklore examines an urban legend fueled by hardcore Lovecraft fans, who claim the Necronomicon is a genuine book of spells and rituals, that the author was actually a skilled occult practitioner (or was unconsciously channeling otherworldly forces in his writing), and that he had hidden a copy of the book in the tunnels beneath Bradford College, a small liberal arts school in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
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Despite the lack of available evidence, the story nevertheless became a part of the school's modern tradition, perpetuated among the student body until the college closed its doors in 2000. (Ironically, the campus is now occupied by a religious school.) To add fuel to the rumor, some Bradford alumni claim that the tunnels beneath the campus are haunted, and it's recently become a popular destination for ghost-hunters.
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