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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (1 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380751925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380751921
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon has been a student of magic, occultism and religion since the mid-1960s. Simon was a frequent lecturer for the famed Warlock Shop in Brooklyn and the Magickal Childe Bookstore in Manhattan. The media events he organised in the 1970s and 1980s helped to promote the occult renaissance in New York City. For undisclosed reasons his whereabouts have been unknown since 1984. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dr Fox on 21 July 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was not written by H.P. Lovercarft and nor is it some ancient tale of ghoulishness. The original Necronomicaon was a fictional book described by H.P. Lovecraft in his short story The Hound, and later in The Nameless City. Other authors latterly mentioned it with Lovecraft's approval.

There have also been several hoaxes over the years, including this very book by 'Simon' in the 70's. Although this version by Simon, and its subsequent sequels, has little in common with Lovecrafts original Mythos. Robert Turner wrote a version that is far closer to Lovecraft's original descriptions.

I'll give this book 4 Stars as it's a decent hoax and pretty creepy read. The fact that there are people convinced of Necronomicons existence as a real ancient book almost one hundred years later would, I'm sure, make Lovecraft happy.
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116 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Arizona Dave on 15 Sep 2003
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Well, I got the book in the post and had a quick look though it. Within ten minutes I had performed my first incantation and had Cthulhu in my living room. We watched a bit of TV and chatted about Shub Niggurath's upcoming divorce case, and eventually I shelled out £5 to get him a taxi back to R'lyeh.
I am hoping soon that the book will enable me to prattle on in poor English about Wicca and other recently created "religions" along with my other erstwhile collegues on this site.
The only thing that I found disappointing about this tome was the ease which I bought it. Amazon could at least make you spend ten years in Tibet searching for it before sending the book out.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I. Alcock on 11 Dec 2009
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This book was bought as a spur of the moment purchase, intended to provide a greater understanding of lovecraft and insight into the dreaded book he mentions so often in his work.

The book reads very strangely and doesn't really give you much insight into anything, the language proves difficult at times and constantly throws dizzying amounts of strange pronounced names of demons and other higher entities at you (BURDISHU, DUMUDUKU, IRKINGU just to name a few). Their was a crazy amount of ritualistic rules for each of the "zonei" which become tedious to read very quickly "can only use the stone at night, with the blood of a panda, near a cow, in the library, with a candlestick".........snooze.

What i did like about the book was its intended occult feel and the way it was laid out, the first section of book which almost seems to say stop reading danger awaits. I especially liked the banishings sections, you know just in case......

This wasn't my cup of tea but i would say if you are interested in the (fake) occult then it might be worth a go. If like me you just read every now and again i suggest just picking up a lovecraft book instead, or you may accidentally invoke something beyond our comprehension.

Peace out
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43 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Dan T on 22 April 2004
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In this review i will explain what the Necronomicon really is.
H.PLovecraft was an author of short horror stories in the 1920's-30's.Instedof using ghosts or vampires etc Lovecraft put his protaganists at themercy of the chaos of the universe.a common theme in his writing was thecult of Cthulhu (Cthulhu being a gigantic monstrosity from out of spaceregarded by his followers to be a god).The cult of Cthulhu was only knownto its followers,who practiced bizzare rituals etc in anticipation of hiscoming.Lovecraft invented the necronomican as the only writings about thecthulhu myth which his charecters could learn from and invented the authorthe mad arab abdul alhazred,he used the necronomicon in many stories,sodecided to actually write it! and attribute it to the mad arab ,he came upwith a whole history for it right down to the years it was supposedleyprinted and the languages it was printed in (greak,latin,etc)the namederives from astronomicon a work on astronomy by the greek poetManilius,he even came up with it's arabic name al-azif.
it is not agenuine occult book,it was never ment to be,it is a companion to his shortstorys,back story.to enjoy this book you should read lovecrafts storysfirst(they are the best horror storys ive ever read)
also the necronomicon always gets confused with the book of thedead(probably due to the evil dead films)its not the same book.The book ofthe dead is real it is a ancient Egyptian manual for the burial of thedead. its true title is the book of coming forth by day (if my memoryserves) and you can get modern re-prints of it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 1998
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This is an amalgamation of three sets of mythologies, Sumerian, Babyonian, and Cthonic. While Sumerian and Babylonian works are quite similar, they are often incorrectly fused within the Avon edition, although the tie of the Necronomicon to the ancient fertile crescent is unique to this edition. Of the Cthonic mythology, it is a tangled web of information and misinformation that may be impossible to weed through if their even is such a thing external to H.P. Lovecraft's fiction, and no one can really be sure of the actuality. Again the Avon Necronomicon fuses this with the other two mythologies. So on a question if this is a fake or not, Yes that these three mythologies never appeared together in the ancient world, but at least the Sumerian and Babylonian are real and can be researched externally. Of the Cthonic, this and several books on both sides of the issue the reader may find of interst. Finally, as an occult work. Assuming you believe in magic(k), the work is no less genuine than Wicca, the so-called ancient religion which is almost entirely modern, and is an excellent starting point to students of the occult interested in Non-Wiccan paganism and occultism which have been so igonred of late. In short, read it, compare to other occult works, literary works, and anthropological/mythological books. Enjoy and please don't destroy the Earth before I complete my Ph.d!!!
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