The Necronomicon is a fictional book from the stories of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was first mentioned in Lovecraft's 1924 short story The Hound, written in 1922, though its purported author, the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred, had been quoted a year earlier in Lovecraft's The Nameless City. Inter alia, the work contains an account of the Old Ones, their history, and the means for summoning them.
H. P. Lovecraft wrote this brief pseudo-history of the Necronomicon in 1927, which was then published in 1938 after his death.
The Simon Necronomicon is the best-known of the many real Necronomicon claimants. It is called the Simon Necronomicon because its introduction was written by a man identified only as "Simon." The book is largely based on Sumerian mythology and attempts to identify the Great Old Ones and other creatures from Lovecraft's Mythos with gods and demons from the Sumerian myths. The myths presented in the book are a blend of Mesopotamian myths (not only Sumerian, but Akkadian, Babylonian and Assyrian as well), and a storyline of unknown authenticity about a man known only as the "Mad Arab."
The mighty powers invoked by this eldritch tome are really long-forgotten psychic abilities, able to affect the most basic needs and desires, including Love, Wealth, Peace of Mind, and Protection Against Enemies. But now comes a guide that enables anyone to pick up the book and use its ineluctable power "without fear or risk", according to editor Simon.
The Necronomicon gazes backwards into the abyss of time, enshrining the remnant of a perilous magical inheritance, one that comes from an ancient, pre-human past when awful Entities wrestled for possession of the earth. Where did they go and what is their legacy? The Necronomicon evokes strange answers to these questions. Usually ascribed to H P Lovecraft, this dark work may actually come from a time long ago, and a tradition that is not human.
There is a race, says occultist Robert Turner, that rides curiously in tandem with humanity; a shadow an intense and inseparable as "Mr. Hyde". So begins this presentation of the freshly deciphered text of the magical grimoire known as It pulls the reader into a darkly ambiguous reality where there are instructions for calling up potent entities-but nothing to reveal their intentions toward us. Must reading for anyone interested in the occult.
That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.
H. P. Lovecraft
The Nameless City
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