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The creation of Necronomicon is usually ascribed to Lovecraft. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Necronomicon , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 03, Michael rated it liked it Recommends it for: Lovecraft fans, occult students, Goths. Shelves: left-hand-path , magic. Let's get one thing straight at the outset. There is no "real" Necronomicon. The Necronomicon was a book invented by HP Lovecraft for his fantasy-horror stories, as a repository of evil lore that could be referenced whenever some human agent needed to know what ancient monstrosity threatened the world's sanity and existence.
All the books which have been published under the title of "The Necronomicon" are deliberate hoaxes, and cannot be judged in terms of their authenticity, but rather in terms Let's get one thing straight at the outset. All the books which have been published under the title of "The Necronomicon" are deliberate hoaxes, and cannot be judged in terms of their authenticity, but rather in terms of why the authors have decided to perpetrate the hoax, and what value reading it has for people who are in on the hoax.
The purpose behind the better-known and far less interesting "Simon" version of The Necronomicon appears to have been to publish a work of none-too-subtle propaganda for the religion of Thelema, saving would-be Black Brothers from allying with the Abyss before it was too late. The purpose of this version seems to have been to give the "occult" camp of Lovecraft scholars place to express their views through an anthology of non-fiction essays, which masquerade as "prefaces" and "appendixes" to a brief section of invented rituals and magical symbols.
In that sense, the book is a double hoax, because it pretends that 40 or so pages of its page length constitute the "meat" of its contents, when they are in fact the least relevant text. The more interesting essays are by Colin Wilson, L. Sprague de Camp, and Angela Carter.
These constitute a kind of anticipatory counter-argument to the strict materialism of Lovecraft biographer S. Joshi , who insists that Lovecraft had no interest in real occult teachings, and was not initiated into any secret or occult order during his lifetime.
The other essays in the volume reinforce the idea to varying degrees, some by examining themes in Lovecrafts work, others by showing minor details of his biography, and others by simply speculating wildly about John Dee and Elizabethan manuscripts.
For those, therefore, with an interest in exploring the possible magical relevance of Lovecraft, this is an essential volume. For those seeking a grimoire of instructions to begin their careers of worshipping insane Outer Gods which plot to break through into our world and cause its destruction in a mad frenzy of violence and joy, it is bound to disappoint.
Oct 12, Liam Griffin rated it liked it. Nice to have. Bit of a compilation, the essays don't hang together well, probably needed linking introductions. May 25, Richard Bartholomew rated it liked it Shelves: esoteric-and-strange , novels. This a rather uneven group effort: several hoax introductions to the "forbidden volume", followed by an uninspired pastiche occult text, and rounded off by some fairly straight critical essays.
Colin Wilson tells a shaggy-dog story about how Lovecraft's father had been an "Egyptian Freemason" who may have owned a copy of the book, and how John Dee's encrypted version had been identified in the British Library.
Wilson's narrative weaves in L Spague de Camp's version of a few years earlier, alon This a rather uneven group effort: several hoax introductions to the "forbidden volume", followed by an uninspired pastiche occult text, and rounded off by some fairly straight critical essays. He also manages to name-drop a fair few of his own titles. The story is then continued by a fictitious "Dr Stanislaus Hinterstoisser", and by Robert Turner of "the Order of the Cubic Stone" , who weave in further details.
David Langford then provides a hoax essay on how John Dee's translation was unencrypted. Following the text itself, there are essays from L. Sprague de Camp. Christopher Frayling, and Angela Carter.
Mar 02, Adam rated it liked it. An uneven collection of critical essays clumped together with fictive occult tracts comprises this volume. Frayling's essay is an effectively focused examination of the role of dreams in Lovecraft's writings - not just as literary devices, but also how they dramatical An uneven collection of critical essays clumped together with fictive occult tracts comprises this volume.
Frayling's essay is an effectively focused examination of the role of dreams in Lovecraft's writings - not just as literary devices, but also how they dramatically informed H.
Carter's work makes a short but densely thorough survey of the element of landscape in HP's stories; she explicates their power and by extension, Lovecraft's to inspire dread and facilitate a suffocating atmosphere of imminent catastrophe on a cosmic scale. These two articles were the standout pieces of the book - if you can read them without having to pay for this otherwise tiresome tome, I recommend you do so.
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The Necronomicon , also referred to as the Book of the Dead , or under a purported original Arabic title of Kitab al-Azif , is a fictional grimoire textbook of magic appearing in stories by the horror writer H. Lovecraft and his followers. It was first mentioned in Lovecraft's short story " The Hound ",  written in , though its purported author, the "Mad Arab " Abdul Alhazred , had been quoted a year earlier in Lovecraft's " The Nameless City ". Lovecraft approved of other writers building on his work, believing such common allusions built up "a background of evil verisimilitude. Capitalizing on the notoriety of the fictional volume, real-life publishers have printed many books entitled Necronomicon since Lovecraft's death. How Lovecraft conceived the name Necronomicon is not clear—Lovecraft said that the title came to him in a dream. Chambers ' collection of short stories The King in Yellow , which centers on a mysterious and disturbing play in book form, Lovecraft is not believed to have read that work until
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