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4.0 out of 5 stars An Encylopaedia with Magical Keys.
This book could be viewed as an encyclopaedia of Lovecraftian ideas. The 13 Gates of the title are Great Races, Unique Personalities, Gods and Devils, Monsters, Human Habitations, Alien Dwellings, The Dreamlands, Other Worlds, Books, Talismans, Oddities, Abominations, and Rites and Incantations. Each chapter includes alphabetic entries summarising the role of the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a rubbish!!!
I bought the 13 gates of the necronomicon last month and I am simply DISAPPOINTED...
I have read many books of the occult like The Magus, The Keys of king Solomon, The book of ceremonial magic, etc, etc, etc,
But this 13 gates of the Necronomicon is by far the worst book I have ever bought and read...
What a waste of money and time...
My personal...
Published on 21 May 2011 by Hugo


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Encylopaedia with Magical Keys., 17 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The 13 Gates of the Necronomicon: A Workbook of Magic (Paperback)
This book could be viewed as an encyclopaedia of Lovecraftian ideas. The 13 Gates of the title are Great Races, Unique Personalities, Gods and Devils, Monsters, Human Habitations, Alien Dwellings, The Dreamlands, Other Worlds, Books, Talismans, Oddities, Abominations, and Rites and Incantations. Each chapter includes alphabetic entries summarising the role of the character, place or item and the stories in which they appeared.

What makes this encyclopaedia special is that Tyson includes in each chapter (or `gate') a painting of a doorway, a painting of a key and a diagram of a sigil. These are to be visualised in conjunction with each other in order to visit the subject of your interest on the astral plane.

I enjoyed reading Tyson's `Necronomicon' (2004) as a story, so I was disappointed when his `Grimoire of the Necronomicon' (2008) did not have a particularly Lovecraftian feel to it - it felt like conventional Western ritual magic with some mythos names added to give it flavour. '13 Gates', on the other hand, is all about Lovecraft's material. Tyson has simply gathered it together, put it in an accessible format for astral exploration and provided some simple magical keys to grant access. If you prefer astral magic and visualisation to full ritual magic and you are interested experiencing the dreamlike/nightmarish quality of Lovecraft's work first hand then I believe you will find this much more satisfying than Tyson's `Grimoire of the Necronomicon'.

I personally haven't practiced the techniques from any of Tyson's Lovecraftian books, but if I was going to, this is where I would start. As well as interested occultists, I would recommend this book to collectors of mythos material looking for a handy quick-reference guide. I wouldn't recommend it to `Call of Cthulhu' roleplayers however, as the gates are designed to be unlocked through visualisation and this could result in some unintentional problems!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book unfairly rated, 22 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The 13 Gates of the Necronomicon: A Workbook of Magic (Paperback)
It's a shame to see a book like this unfairly rated on Amazon - especially by someone who doesn't appear to realise that H.P Lovecraft is dead (he died in 1937!)

This is an ideal book for anyone interested in the Necronomicon/Cthulu Mythos of H P Lovecraft and interested in exploring it in an imaginative way through the use of creative visualisation. Many people buy books like this and never actually try the exercises - I would highly recommend having a go - they pay off in terms of the added personal insights into Lovecraft's characters and work.

Tyson has a real and evident respect for Lovecraft and the summarisation of characters and plotlines alone is worth the money.

Highly Recommeded
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiffing!, 21 Mar. 2014
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Thanks for posting me 'The 13 Gates of the Necronomicon:A Workbook of Magic'. I love it. I have a large collection on things connected to the Necronomicon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's certainly accurate - it's there if you want to look, 23 Nov. 2014
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Just be careful not to stand at the edge of the abyss and look in
The abyss might look back
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a rubbish!!!, 21 May 2011
This review is from: The 13 Gates of the Necronomicon: A Workbook of Magic (Paperback)
I bought the 13 gates of the necronomicon last month and I am simply DISAPPOINTED...
I have read many books of the occult like The Magus, The Keys of king Solomon, The book of ceremonial magic, etc, etc, etc,
But this 13 gates of the Necronomicon is by far the worst book I have ever bought and read...
What a waste of money and time...
My personal opinion is that HP Lovecraft (or the publisher!) wanted to catch in on the success of the Necronomicon THE FILM...which was a Master Piece!!!
I do not why AMAZON does not read the books before accept them in their website...
I read it many times and simply DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE...
WHAT A RIP OFF!!!
Hugo
London
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