posted on Aug, 3 2009 @ 12:03 PM
The mythology behind the Necronomicon has become far greater than the reality.
Add to this the fact that Occultists have a wicked sense of humor, this running joke has made the Necronomicon into perhaps one of the greatest
perpetuated hoaxes of the 20th century.
First of all, as others have pointed out, the Necronomicon was a Literary Device that H.P. Lovecraft used along with other works mentioned in his
stories such as De Vermis Mysteriis and the Book of Eibon, both of which are non-existent works. This is common, especially to the Horror genre. Edgar
Allen Poe did this all the time (and was probably the inspiration for Lovecraft). You even see it in Biblical Literature (like references to the Book
of Jasher being but one example).
The first published version of the Necronomicon looked like a strange Arabic text. In reality, it was the same 8 pages from an Arabic Cookbook
reprinted in random sequences, upside down and mirrored, etc. Since not many people in the West read Arabic, it passed as authentic for quite some
time, and got the myth of the Necronomicon rolling.
The Simon version of the Necronomicon is fake. It isn't even Sumerian. However, it is modeled after many typical Medieval Grimoires, but it is far
more erroneous than even those were. The Necronomicon it certainly isn't. It isn't even a working Sumerian Grimoire. Not only do I know this from
scrutinizing the text, but I know "Simon" who supposedly was delivered the text by a mysterious monk who knocked on his door.
At this point, every Occult writer had to make their own version of the Necronomicon, outdoing previous hoax attempts. The Hayes version of the
Necronomicon was far more believable, having been co-written by some great Occult and Scholarly minds, such as Robert Turner. With an introduction by
Colin Wilson and David Langford, they never thought that anyone would actually take it serious as something other than a work of fiction.
Geiger's Necronomicon is pretty...but it is clear that it is just a tribute of artwork inspired by the myth.
As for Donald Tyson's version...don't even get me started on Tyson and his other Occult writings...it's still a hack job, but it's a better hack
job than he has personally ever done previously. It was inevitable that Tyson would jump on the Necronomicon train eventually and produce his own
forgery of this mythological text.
As far as the supposedly "historical" references to the Necronomicon, they don't exist. They were all fabricated in recent years by fans to make it
appear that it had existed in various places and times.
Magick might be real, but the Necronomicon isn't.
[edit on 3-8-2009 by fraterormus]