Hello again ATS,
For some of you, this thread is going to be immediately interesting, but I am afraid that many of you will be left scratching your head wondering,
“What is a Necronomicon, and why do I care?”.
Well, there is the strong possibilty that someone you know, maybe one of your children or grandchildren, will someday come waltzing in to the room,
all smug with their goth little selves, and slap down a copy of this hoary old grimoire, declaring, “Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl
And you are going to want to know what to do. I hope to give you the ammo here on this thread to Deny Ignorance, should you ever encounter The
For those that do not know and are unaware that there is a problem in the first place: I would suggest that you merely Google (Google spellcheck will,
of course, correct your spelling of Necronomicon
, if you don't get it right
), “Is the Necronomicon real?”, or something thereabouts,
and see what happens.
Now, what is it?...
The Necronomicon was simply a literary device that H.P. Lovecraft used to enrich his stories, give them depth and gravitas, and to link them together
in a meaningful way. H.P.L. Attributed the writing of The Necronomicon to 'Abdul Alhazred', who was a childhood persona developed when Lovecraft was a
Lovecraft actually mentions the tome very few times, and briefly, at that, in his works of fiction. Which is important to know for keeping things in
perspective. Lovecraft attracted the admiration of many other writers in his brief stay on Earth, and what became known as
, quickly developed around him once his stuff started getting published.
The circle included Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and others.
And it was this intense fan base, made up greatly of other writers, that propelled the Necronomicon to the level of a literary hoax. And still fuels
the preponderance of the legend to this day.
Is it real?
No. I am going to keep this part short and I am going to draw from two sources: one for Lovecraft's invention, and another for the modern publication
that seems to persist in being controversial.
As I said, The Necronomicon is entirely the invention of Lovecraft. Abdul Alhazred was a boyhood alter-ego. And I am going to let Howard speak for
himself here. These are actual letters written between Robert E. Howard (the creator of the Conan novels) and H.P. Lovecraft...
August 14th, 1930
“The Necronomicon of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred is likewise something which must yet be written in order to possess objective reality. Abdul is a
favourite dream-character of mine—indeed that is what I used to call myself when I was five years old and a transported devotee of Andrew Lang’s
version of the Arabian Nights.
A few years ago I prepared a mock-erudite synopsis of Abdul’s life, and of the posthumous vicissitudes and translations of his hideous and
unmentionable work Al Azif...—a synopsis which I shall follow in future references to the dark and accursed thing.
Long has alluded to the Necronomicon in some things of his—in fact, I think it is rather good fun to have this artificial mythology given an air of
verisimilitude by wide citation."
May 7th, 1932
"As for writing the Necronomicon—I wish I had the energy and ingenuity to do it! I fear it would be quite a job in view of the very diverse
passages and intimations which I have in the course of time attributed to it!
I might, though, issue an abridged Necronomicon—containing such parts as are considered at least reasonably safe for the perusal of mankind!
When von Juntz’s Black Book and the poems of Justin Geoffrey are on the market, I shall certainly have to think about the immortalisation of old
I think that is pretty funny that H.P.L. Seems to have invented the 'Mythos' sense of humor, as well.
Anyhow, you can all see there plain as dirt that Lovecraft himself had the time and the wherewithal to make it clear that the Necronomicon is purely
his own invention and not some ancient text with spells that might protect humanity from the impending onslaught of Cosmic forces and entities that
want to make us dinner and steal our planet (which was never ours in the first place).
Now, on to the modern version, which is
the tougher nut to crack.
The Simon Necronomicon.
This is the one that causes problems. It was published in 1977 and is commonly referred to as The Simon Necronomicon
. Inside, one discovers
that the book is merely introduced by Simon, and Simon denies authorship. This is the one that you may find being carried around by a friend or loved
one. Let's take an axe to it, shall we?
In short, although he will swear up and down it is not him, the author of the Simon Necronomicon is Peter levenda; yes, the same guy that wrote
. I like him, he is a great guy, and he wrote the book in question.
There were a lot of people hanging around a particular book store in the mid to late 70's that was called the Magickal Childe
. Peter Levenda
was one of them and it was at the magickal Childe bookstore that the Simon Necronomicon was developed. Like I said, there were lots of folks hanging
around, how do I know? Because one of them was Alan Cabal, who wrote a very good article called The Doom That Came To Chelsea, and in that article,
Cabal drops the dime on Simon/Levenda.
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