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Necronomicon

Necronomicon.

A pseudo-grimoire that talks about necromancy.

Though the theorized real author, ‘The Mad Arab,’ Abdul Alhazred supposedly wrote it himself. Despite the fact that Lovecraft described the book as something that was his own purely fantastical idea, there are those who believe the Necronomicon is a real book which teaches the reader how to call to the dead from beyond the grave.

Kenneth Grant, a follower of Crowley (See Crowley, Aleister) described an unconscious relationship between Crowley and Love craft because he felt that they each drew from similar forces. Grant has been known to claim that the Necronomicon existed in astrological texts as part of the Akashic Records and could only be accessed in rituals or magic.

Even though the physical existence of such a book is in question and often debated still to this day, the mystery around Necromancy as a result of this book is nothing short of astounding. Lovecraft managed to entice and to entrance generation after generation because of this connection to the mysterious that the concept of Necromancy introduces.

This book appeals to the masses primarily because death is such a mystery, and the concept which implies that death is impermanent or in some way can be changed or erased is fascinating no matter who is interested.

A Review on Necronomicon

The Necronomicon is a combination of several tales which were written by HP Lovecraft.

They are horror short stories, novels and novellas with the latest edition being compiled and published in 2008 by Gollancz and later on edited by Stephen Jones.

There is quite a number and with most of them depicting the horror and the materials represented is a blend of mythological elements from the ancient Middle East combined with allusions.

It was originally released in 1977 in a limited edition by Schlangekraft Inc. This was followed by a paperback edition by Avon books. Others who have worked on the new releases of the book include Bantam books, Levenda and Simon.

Some of the content of the Necronomicon includes

  • To a dreamer.
  • Night gaunt.
  • Dagon.
  • Randolph Carter Statement.
  • The Thing on the Doorstep.
  • The Cats of Ulthar.
  • The Haunter of the Dark.
  • The Nameless City.
  • The Shadow of the Dark.
  • Herbert West – Reanimator.
  • The Shadow out of Time.
  • The Music of Erich Zann.
  • The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
  • The Lurking Fear.
  • At the Mountains of madness.
  • The case of Charles Dexter Ward.
  • The Hound.
  • Through the Gates of the Silver Key.
  • The Rats in the Wall.
  • From Beyond.
  • Under the Pyramids.
  • The Dreams in The Witch House.
  • The Unnamable.
  • The Strange High House in the Mist.
  • In the Vault.
  • The dream-quest of unknown kadath.
  • The Whisperer in Darkness.
  • The Outsider.
  • The Dunwich Horror.
  • The Horror at Red Hook.
  • The Silver Key.
  • The Color Out of Space.
  • The Shunned House.
  • The Doom That Came To Sarnath.
  • Cool Air.
  • Pickman’s Model.
  • The Call of Cthulhu.

What is Randolf Carter Statement?

It is a narrative which was written in 1919 and was first published on May 1920 by The Vagrant. It is a traumatic event in the life of Randolf Carter; this is represented by Lovecraft himself, as someone who was learning the occult.

It is part of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle and it is the first book where he talks about himself. It is based on a dream that he transcribed.

What is the Nameless City?

It is written in 1921 January by Lovecraft and the first publication came out in November 1921 in The Wolverine, an upcoming press journal. It was a story which was based on a dream that turned out to have been inspired by Lord Dunsany's story: The Probable Adventures of the Three Literary Men.

What is the Hound?

It is a narrative which was published by The Weird Tales in February 1924 after being written by Lovecraft in September 1922. It talks about Lovecraft’s visit to the Flatbush Reformed Church located in Brooklyn and he describes the surroundings as “a hoary churchyard” and he went chipping stones from the graveyard and it is described as a horror story of a grave which is robbed.

What is In The Vault?

Its writing is based on a suggestion which was made by Charles W. Smith on August 1925. It is a narrative of an American horror fiction by Lovecraft.

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