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I have seen the dark shadows moving in the woods and I have no doubt that whatever I have resurrected through this book is sure to come calling for me.
— Raymond Knowby's last words

Professor Raymond Knowby was the father of Annie and (allegedly) Ruby Knowby and Henrietta Knowby's husband.

Biography Edit

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Raymond shoots his possessed wife (Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead By Dawn #0).

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Raymond waits for the Kandarian Demon to take him next (Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead By Dawn #0).

Together with his wife, Annie, and associate professor Ed Getley, he went on an archeological expedition to the Sumerian ruins of Castle Kandar, where he discovered the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, and the Kandarian Dagger.

He and his wife returned to America to finish his research on the Necronomicon, and brought it to his cabin in the mountains. However, things turn out very badly when he recites a passage from the book releasing a Kandarian Demon from Hell. The Demon possessed his wife, causing her to attack him. Raymond defended himself from his Deadite wife by shooting her in the chest with a shotgun. He dragged his possessed wife's body to the cabin's fruit cellar, and buried her underneath the dirt floor. Before succumbing to the Demon himself, he manages to leave a tape explaining the terror he has unleashed and manages to trap it within the woods around the Cabin (how he does this is unknown), then later shows up as a spirit explaining to his daughter Annie on how to get rid of it.

PersonalityEdit

Raymond Knownby was presumably a decent man before discovering the Necronomicon, but after acquiring the book, he became seduced by its power and summoned the Kandarian Demon which possessed his wife Henriette Knowby. Realizing what he had done, he sought to save his wife, however, his methods were shown to be dark as he planned on essentially sacrificing an innocent life, intending for the demonic spirit to be transferred from Henrietta to Tanya, the innocent victim.

Raymond's Afterlife Edit

Video Games Edit

Father Allard, in the game Evil Dead: Hail To The King, briefly suggests that Knowby is paying greatly for his actions (releasing the Deadites) in the afterlife.

Comics Edit

In the comic book Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead By Dawn, Knowby appears as one of the souls of the damned encountered by the copy of Ash. In Annie's request, he asks him for assistance but before he can continue they are attacked by Knowby's possessed wife. Knowby saves Ash with the Dagger but has no time to react to the situation as Rabisu bursts out of the ground, demanding his souls back. Together they manage to kill Rabisu, however Knowby is crushed by it's falling carcass. His spirit is later seen alongside that of his wife saying goodbye to Annie after she releases the souls from the Dagger and promising her that they will always be around if she needs them.

Alternate Versions Edit

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Knowby talking to Don Simmons in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #1

Comics Edit

Space Goat's Evil Dead 2 Edit

In the comic book Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead By Dawn, Knowby appears as one of the souls of the damned encountered by the copy of Ash. In Annie's request, he asks him for assistance but before he can continue they are attacked by Knowby's possessed wife. Knowby saves Ash with the Dagger but has no time to react to the situation as Rabisu bursts out of the ground, demanding his souls back. Together they manage to kill Rabisu, however Knowby is crushed by it's falling carcass. His spirit is later seen alongside that of his wife saying goodbye to Annie after she releases the souls from the Dagger and promising her that they will always be around if she needs them.

Space Goat's Evil Dead 2: Tales Of The Ex-Mortis: Soul Power Edit

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Raymond Knowby in Hell (as seen in Beyond Dead By Dawn #3)

An alternate version of Professor Knowby appears in the anthology comic Evil Dead 2: Tales of The Ex-Mortis #1 and 3. This version of Raymond lived in the 21st Century, unlike his film counterpart which died in the 1980's. Some time before his death and discovery of the Necronomicon, Knowby helped his only "A" student, Don Simmons, find the Ex-Mortis so he can make a girl fall in love with him. Knowby doesn't know where to start looking for it, so he gives him the name of the professor who taught him: Lucille Milton. After Simmons is unsuccessful in his journey to find the Necronomicon, Knowby is there to comfort Don after he accidentally caused the woman he was trying to win over to become a Deadite.

Dark Horse's The Evil Dead (2008) Edit

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Raymond Knowby, as seen in The Evil Dead 2008 Comic.

A younger version of Raymond appeared in Dark Horse's 2008 re-imagining of The Evil Dead. Like his film counterpart, he had to kill his Deadite wife when he accidentally unleashed the Kandarian Demon in the woods.

Trivia Edit

  • In the original script for The Evil Dead, Professor Knowby's first name was Julian instead of Raymond. He was also a professor of Egyptian Mythology at the fictional Dextin University.

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