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Originally posted by Azathoth
There is something to be said about his writting. Polaris is a short story unique and very revealing. As well as the call of Cthulhu which has coordinates to supposed sleeping place of the demon.
Beginning in his early life, Lovecraft is believed to have suffered from night terrors, a rare parasomnia disorder; he believed himself to be assaulted at night by horrific "night gaunts." Much of his later work is thought to have been directly inspired by these terrors (Indeed, Night Gaunts became the subject of a poem he wrote of the same name, in which they were personified as devil-like creatures without faces)
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
You can probably tell by my handle that I am an HPL fan.
I considered posting about HP, but was afraid there wouldn't be enough material, or interest.
The copy of the necronomicon published in the early 80's as a paperback went on at great lengths in the preface to show the links between Lovecraft's "Ctulhu mythos" and the Cosmology of ancient Sumer.
More than one of his stories hinted about atomic weapons.
So, was he "channeling" the truth? Or was he just plugging into man's deepest fears? Or have conspiracy theorists (perhaps subconsciously) copied his works???
Originally posted by Chiiru
Originally posted by berenike
I hope this isn't too off-topic.
A few years ago I found Simon's Necronomicon Spellbook and was interested to see his version of the Necronomicon itself.
I just knew exactly where to find it in the City. I knew which shop to go (not the one where I found the Spellbook) and I even knew which shelf in the basement of the shop, which wasn't famous for its book department.
I read one of the links here that says Simon's version is a hoax and that the connections he made to the Mesopotamian Gods were a bit stretched. All I can say is that the Spellbook worked very well for me and I'm grateful.
Thats interesting, considering Lovecraft admitted all of it was pure fiction, a device for his stories. Of course, there are others who deny this and claim the true necronomicon is housed in the Akashic records and Lovecraft was able to 'see' some of it through his dreams/nightmares.
Originally posted by iwilliam
Now, I'd almost bet anything, that if you showed these pics to 10,000 people who had never seen them before (and who were not familiar with the "reptoid alien" theory) I just about guarantee that some of them might describe it as "frog like" while others would see something "reptilian." I'm not necessarily defending the view that Lovecraft had secret knowledge, or visions, or whatnot... but IMHO yours is a very weak objection-- especially on a point like this.
However, if a student of the occult combs through the Simon Necronomicon, he will quickly realize that the book was indeed written by someone with a working knowledge of the occult. The book describes a number of rituals, most of which are smaller workings. However, the book goes into quite a bit of detail regarding a series of rituals intended to guide the magician through a series of "gates" (I think this is the term used, if I remember correctly-- it's been years since I've read any part of the book.) What is being described in this section is very similar to the practice of "pathworking" which is a major goal in some systems of western occultism.
Some might describe it as an "astral journey," others a "vision quest." Point being, the parallels are quite obvious to anyone with a little bit of knowledge in that area.
I have also encountered a person or two over the years who swore up and down that the rituals. work.
Point being, they are based on some actual occult theory / practice.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.