I am Darth obamaresh, darkest lord in the history of darklords. After a lifetime of wickedness and evil deeds, I have decided to preserve my evil discovered spells in a tome. This book is 666 pages long and meant to document my discoveries having to do with dark magic, as well as the vile acts I have committed.

This book, including the front and back cover as well as its pages will be made entirely of human skin, because that is the only acceptable method for a darklords of my caliber to use. It is also meant to be used very often on the regular, and must preserved down the centuries. My first thought was to use magic, but this is insufficient by itself to make this happen.

What would be the best way to accomplish this?

  • $\begingroup$ Quick, find some place with a major epidemic and volunteer to deal with the bodies. $\endgroup$
    – nzaman
    Nov 25, 2018 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ If you haven't done so already, you need to read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revenger I can't give away the plot, but trust me on this one. $\endgroup$ Nov 25, 2018 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ The sickening thing is these books (the skin part) exist. No magic required. Just murder. $\endgroup$
    – Cyn
    Nov 25, 2018 at 16:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Cyn: Murder is not a requirement, just a handy supply of naturally-deceased corpses. After all, when a body is laid out for viewing, as it is in some western funeral traditions, who takes off the clothing to see if the skin is still in place? So any undertaker could do it... $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Nov 25, 2018 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ @nzaman It's quality not quantity. :-) $\endgroup$ Nov 26, 2018 at 0:45

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Vellum and/or parchment

This kind of thing has been done unfortunately. Human skin can be turned into leather or vellum and vellum is used to write on and bind books. Just use the same technology as for lambskin or calf-skin. Actually it's easier because you don't have to scrape off the fleece/coat.

10 Random Objects That Were Actually Made Out of Human Skin


vellum Definition of vellum (Entry 1 of 2) 1 : a fine-grained unsplit lambskin, kidskin, or calfskin prepared especially for writing on or for binding books https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vellum

Parchment is a writing material made from specially prepared untanned skins of animals—primarily sheep, calves, and goats. It has been used as a writing medium for over two millennia. Vellum is a finer quality parchment made from the skins of young animals such as lambs and young calves.


How parchment is made - Domesday - BBC Two https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-SpLPFaRd0


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