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“H.P. Lovecraft himself denied the Book’s existence, but the dreaded Necronomicon has surfaced. Written in Damascus in the Eighth Century A.D. by the ‘Mad Arab’ Abdul Alhazred, the accused volume is filled with myths and rituals that have survived the darkest days of magic and occultism – long-forgotten formulae for evoking incredible things, beings, and monster into physical appearance. It also includes the formulae for spiritual trans-formation, consistent with some of the most ancient mystical processes in the world, processes that were not public knowledge when the book was first published, and processes that involve communion with the stars. Now welcome the most famous, potent, and potentially, the most dangerous Black Book known to the Western World.”
[awwwww yeahhhhhhh – but also, what a rude af name]
The general reaction to people seeing me with this book was: ‘Holy Shit, are you reading THE Necronomicon?! We’re all DOOMED.’
Yes, I did. And maybe you’re all doomed.
Honestly, there’s not really much to be said about this book. It starts with a forward about the ‘original author’ and how it inspired the famous H.P. Lovecraft and Alistair Crowley.
It’s interesting to read the weird ramblings of Abdul Alhazred and what he apparently had seen in his lifetime. As the book goes on, his descent into madness is apparent, as in later chapters, he’s pretty much talking in circles and repeating himself over and over.
But otherwise, The Necronomicon can pretty much be seen as an instruction manual for the do’s and don’t of what/whom you can summon into the world of the living from the dead or other realms. It comes with the symbols/drawings of summoning marks, what to phrase/chant when calling upon them, and other instructions. The designs/summoning symbols to do so are awesome.
Will I, or have I already tried this stuff out? I’ll never tell. :>
Really though, I pretty much agree with the warning near at the beginning of the book to just kinda leave things be. Sure, this is very old and many of the gods mentioned are thought to be long-dead by now, and it would be very hard to replicate what’s needed. But this isn’t some kid’s science kit, either. I believe in enough of it to know that you should just leave well enough alone. And even if you don’t believe in this kinda stuff, better to be safe than sorry!
It was a pretty fun and quick read, since some pages are literally just scribbles or pictures, but really I mostly like it just to see how people react to seeing it on my book shelf.
I give The Necronomicon 3/5 Demon Summoning Circles
“But the Dead may be always summoned, and many times are very willing to rise, but some are stubborn and quite dangerous, and desire to remain Where they Are.”