I got the initial idea for The Ghouls of Coosada after reading the first part of Tyson’s Necronomicon. I’ll run through some of the elements of the story to explain what’s what.
To begin with, there really is a town of Coosada just down the road from Wetumpka, but it doesn’t have a university. I made up the university in order to give a setting to the plot. There really is a prison in Wetumpka – it’s called the Tutwiler Prison for Women. Yes, it’s an all female prison. I changed the name and made it a male prison with a ward for the criminally insane. Incidentally, the name of Gershom is a nod to W.H. Pugmire.
The name of Arthur Grosche is a reference to Eugen Grosche who was an occultist. He was the founder and Grandmaster of the occult lodge Fraternitas Saturni.
The descriptions of the ghouls and the chaklah’i are straight out of Tyson’s Necronomicon.
The two archaeologists who are the protagonists are fictional but references to their work on Scotland and Alabama are all true up until the point of cannibalism within the megalithic and Choctaw societies.
The Voynich Manuscript is a real manuscript that has yet to be deciphered by cryptologists or language experts. Its history as recounted in the story is true as far as is known. It is believed to be an alchemical document, but, as I said, it is still undeciphered.
There is another reference to Milo Brecklin and Tanner Wallace who will feature heavily in the next story.
There’s a few more Easter eggs in there that I’ll leave for later.