posted on Sep, 3 2002 @ 04:15 PM
Fact: He did create it out of thin air.
Fact: Arabian literature was quite popular at the time:
While The Arabian Nights knew great popularity throughout the Middle East, it was rapidly translated into a number of other languages, showing its
early appeal to non-Middle Eastern readers. Although the subtleties of language are unfortunately lost in translation, the exotic and romantic imagery
provided great inspiration for the Western travellers, writers, artists and poets of the 18th and 19th centuries whom we refer to as 'Orientalists'.
This period saw a surge of interest in the Middle East and Persian poems such as The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Nizami's Khamsa and the Shahnameh were
translated or re-translated, often accompanied by illustrations. Romantic poets such as Coleridge, Tennyson, Shelley and Byron were greatly inspired
by the mysterious and magical East. 'Arabian' imagery, Middle Eastern history and folklore also provided painters such as Delacroix and Lord
Leighton with endless inspiration. Writers such as Walter Bagshot appreciated the wild exoticism of the tales, comparing them to the drab realities of
Europe in the age of the railway and the gas lamp. During the later 19th century and 20th century, the Western obsession with The Arabian Nights
themes was still strong, as we see from Leon Bakst's Russian Ballet designs for Scheherazad and the endless cartoons and Hollywood films from the
forties and fifties which are based on the adventures of Sinbad, Aladdin and other stories from, or based on The Arabian Nights
Fact: the reported contents of the Necronomicon have absolutly nothing to do with Arabian myth. The "Arabian Nights" type tales common in the
culture today date from the times of the Caliphs, immediately after Mohammad's death in the 600's-1200's or so. This is during the rise of the
great cities, when there were astronomers and philosophers and alchemists and so on in the cities. Note that the religion is Islamic and the tales
generally begin with "in the name of Allah, the merciful and wise." In these tales, heaven is ruled by Allah and there are djinn (genies - both
good and bad) and efrits and houris and the land has magicians and sages and witches.
No "Elder Gods" or Yog Sonoth or Cthulu wandering around. Not a single tentacle among them.
Here's a listing of all the Elder Gods in Lovecraft's stories (which are associated with the Necronomicon:
You might note the quote at the top of the page: I really agree that Yog-Sothoth is a basically immature conception, & unfitted for really serious
H.P. Lovecraft to Frank Belknap Long, February 27, 1931
The letters have been published in a series of books by Arkam House.
It's made up. SF/Fantasy authors can make up very strange stuff at the drop of a hat (Philip K. Dick, Ursula Le Guin, Madeline L'Engle, C.J.
Cherryh... the list is endless. Joe Lansdale... ya want REALLY weird stuff, you should read some of Joe Lansdale's works from back when he and
Howard ("Ugly Chickens") Waldrop were hanging around together at cons in the early 1980's.)