- Paperback: 12 pages
- Publisher: Necronomicon Press (Jun 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0318047152
- ISBN-13: 978-0318047157
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 17.8 x 0.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,109,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
If you think the Necronomicon is *real* you should *definitely* read this, along with Lovecraft's letters and ample documentary evidence that the Necronomicon was a figment of Lovecraft's imagination.
If you're into *real* evil, you would do better to read "Mein Kampf" by A. Hitler, but maybe it wouldn't be as entertaining as a fantasy of wickedness, knowing the "real" horrors it led to.
Lovecraft was a thoroughgoing materialist. I wonder what he would have thought of those who find eldritch wisdom in a fictional work?
This booklet does not contain the blasphemous secrets of the dread Necronomicon, nor do I suspect the many works masquerading under that name do. It is, however a reprint of a pamphlet published in 1938 and written in the finest Lovecraftian style. In the article he throws out historical names and dates to establish credibility, and admits his own ignorance about certain parts of the book's shaded past to make the work seem bigger than himself.
The best thing about "The History of the Necronomicon" is that it is printed from a scan of the original (1938) pamphlet and the fonts are just slightly marred (but still totally legible) enough to seem mysterious and arcane. An afterword by S.T. Joshi is included in the booklet, in which he explains that the number one reason many people today believe that the cursed Necronomicon is a real book is because of this pamphlet. Lovecraft wrote it as a matter-of-fact history, but, Joshi says, the letters H.P.L. wrote to his friends explain how he came up with the name of the book.
Even if you refuse to accept the arguments that the Necronomicon is a product of Lovecraft's imagination, this pamphlet is probably as close to the real Necronomicon as you can get... unless you can gain access to the vault of the Miskatonic University Library, in whose eldritch halls a closely guarded copy is kept under lock and key.
This booklet is a must for any serious Lovecraft fan!
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