The Nine Gates to the
Kingdom of Shadows
have had a large number of requests for a guide on how
to make your own Nine Gates to the Kingdom of
Shadows. So on this page I am putting up some of
the information I have on how to make this singular
tome. This is not a project for the
timid. Right now, because I am strapped for time,
I will only have up the text and engravings, but as I
get more time, I will add some tutorials about how to
age the pages (if you're printing on white paper) and
even how to recreate a binding of sorts. (The
Binding will not look like the binding shown in the
picture. That binding was professionally done and
cost a pretty penny, but it should be enough to get
answer some of the questions up front. I got the
chapter titles and the text directly from a screen-used
source. So it is very accurate. Now, this is
a kind of Do-it-yourself tome making project and I am
not going to do all the work for you, so please do not
ask. What I'm providing here will give you an
excellent start at making a good 9 Gates replica of your
own. If you want to make it 100% screen accurate
then you will have a long way to go. But this will
allow you to make a very respectable replica.
dimensions of the book are 6.5 inches wide by 10 inches
long by 1.25 inches thick. The pentacle on the
cover is 3 inches wide along each arm, tip to tip.
Here you will find a file on how
to make your own text for the Nine
Gates. You will need to install the
JSL Ancient font. And you will have to do
some of your own work. What I am providing
here: the 9 chapter title pages formatted
correctly to print out on 8.5 x 11 sheets, and end
of chapter page (as an example, you have to create
8 more), and 30 or so pages of filler-text that
you can clone to fill out your book. When
cutting the pages to size, a good rule of thumb is
to cut them in order to leave a 1 inch or 1.25
inch margin from the text.
the JSL Ancient Font here
the Text here
The artist Francisco Sole created
the woodcuts for the Nine Gates and for the novel The
Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte. What
I am providing here are the woodcuts that were
directly scanned from a licensed journal that used
to be available. They are in TIF format and
good quality. If you wish to try and scan
these yourself, these identical woodcuts can be
found in the liner notes of "The Ninth
Gate" soundtrack CD. If you want the
novel versions of the engravings, please go and
buy the novel and scan them. If you're even
on this page and you haven't read The Club Dumas
you owe it to yourself to read it.
the Engravings here.
the Pages Mini-Tutorial
In the film, Corso
discovers a postcard of "La Tour du Diable"
tucked into the Baroness Kessler's book. I have
had a lot of requests for this postcard and I provide it
here. Front and back. The dimensions should
be 4x6 when you print it out.
to the Biblioteca Apocalyptica page.