52 Books a Year: #24 - Necronomicon

Posted by Brian Thu, 03 Dec 2009 19:57:20 GMT



Behold the Necronomicon! Fear its power! …or maybe not. There have been many versions of Lovecraft’s infamous Necronomicon released over the years, but this one has been the most popular. It begins with notes from someone referred to as “Simon” detailing how the work was supposedly discovered and the horrors to be visited upon the reader. From there we get a prologue from someone identified only as “the Mad Arab” who discusses his discovery of the methods to be presented to the reader. Most of the book consists of these methods, various incantations in Sumerian and seals. It then finishes with the demise of “the Mad Arab” before he can finish.

The author takes liberties with Sumerian mythology in order to blend in Lovecraft’s Cthulu Mythos (and the work of later authors who contributed to them), but overall it is more accurate in that respect than I initially expected. Going through the names of various Sumerian gods did make clear to me the origin of many metal names, such as Marduk, Nergal, and Ereshkigal. That combined with the fact that I had just read Satanism: The Seduction of America’s Youth made it fairly enjoyably as a novelty piece. How Bob Larson could have taken this book seriously in any way is just mind-boggling. Worth looking at for the novelty, but beyond that there isn’t much to recommend.


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