The text uses the royalty free font “Lovecraft’s Diary” and is actually poetry by Lovecraft. It reads:
"I saw it from that hidden, silent place
Where the old wood half shuts the meadow in.
It shone through all the sunset’s glories - thin
At first, but with a slowly brightening face.
Night came, and that lone beacon, amber-hued,
Beat on my sight as never it did of old;
The evening star - but grown a thousandfold
More haunting in this hush and solitude.
It traced strange pictures on the quivering air -
Half-memories that had always filled my eyes -
Vast towers and gardens; curious seas and skies
Of some dim life - I never could tell where.
But now I knew that through the cosmic dome
Those rays were calling from my far, lost home.
"There is in certain ancient things a trace
Of some dim essence - more than form or weight;
A tenuous aether, indeterminate,
Yet linked with all the laws of time and space.
A faint, veiled sign of continuities
That outward eyes can never quite descry;
Of locked dimensions harbouring years gone by,
And out of reach except for hidden keys.
It moves me most when slanting sunbeams glow
On old farm buildings set against a hill,
And paint with life the shapes which linger still
From centuries less a dream than this we know.
In that strange light I feel I am not far
From the fixt mass whose sides the ages are."
The font and poetry I find appealing and beautiful. They have the mystical spell quality I’m looking for. I used Blender to create the text and Zbrush’s curve tools to line it up in place on the book’s pages. The font is impossible to read by all but the most literary nerd, so it fills out things nicely. (and yes, just because someone might actually be able to read it, I did make sure the text is right-side-up )