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on 9 March 1999
I have been a Lovecraft fan for long and I am absolutely convinced the Necronomicon never existed outside Lovecraft's mind. Still, you can only be 99% sure, and that's what's fun about it. However, this hoax is so well done it ends up being quite an interesting item for anyone interested in Lovecraft or even occultism. David Langford once published an interesting article about his participation in this project (which is actually one of the best things in the book)in the magazine Fortean Times.
The Simon Necronomicon is much cruder than this one.
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on 13 July 1998
This book is a little gem - almost a textbook example of how to do a plausible and fascinating hoax (And it is, by the way, far superior to the Simon "Necronomicon", which is so popular, and which I'd recommend avoiding at all costs). A must for all Lovecraft fans!
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on 29 August 1997
Being an H. P. Lovecraft fan, I bought a copy of this latest travesty of the _Necronomicon_ more on impulse than anything else. How supposedly intelligent people could become beguiled by such obvious and juvenile tripe is more than a rational person can endure. I even went so far - again, purely for reasons of amusement - as to actually try out some of the incantations, spells, and even some of the more 'dreaded' (HAR! HAR!) keys. Now, as I sit here at my computer typing this, I am embarrassed to admit that I committed such a waste of time. But I must be honest with .. hmmm .. what's that scratching at the windowpane? Can't be sure because of the dark and the rain .. Wait! .. I hear shattering glass .. that tentacle! .. the three-lobed burning eye! .. AAAAAHHHHHHRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!
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on 7 May 1999
Better written than the Simon Necronomicon, and because of that, probably more eloquently criticized as a hoax. For all of you out there with open minds, read and enjoy! For those who just want to criticize and pretend that you know what's up with reality, go read a Bible, or a science book, or some other religious text.
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on 11 January 1998
I would like to personally thank the gentleman who took the time to tell everyone the facts. This book and idea were all made up by Lovecraft. Once you read The History of the Necronomicon, you'll find out that none of it exists. Does anyone remember War of the Worlds? hello?????? Unfortunetly people have twisted this work into something akin to devil worship and cults. Poor misguided fools!!! IT WASN'T A REAL BOOK AND THE MAD ARAB DOESN'T AND NEVER DID EXIST. I do recommend everything Lovecraft wrote though. Masterful, creative and frightening all in the same breath. Spark a flame and prepare to be scared...
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on 12 October 1996
High On Ceremony And Requisite Materials, The Necronomicon Provides a cornocopia Of Options To The entusiastic Demonologist/Arcananologist, But There Are Huge Amounts Of Requisite Materials For This Tome.
Fortunately, There Are True Applications Within The Keys For One Whould Apply Himself to the Material...Drawbacks Include Chastity, Meditative Ceremonies, And Financial Downside...Pros Include The Following...
Great Amounts O Power Can Be Harnessed By The Elder Gods (Widely Thought To Be, In Fact Demons) Though The Path Be Perilous...And The Applications That It May Be Applied To Vary Greatly.

CAUTION: BY NO MEANS SHOULD YOU BEGIN THE KEYS If You Are Not Going To Complete Them; The Power Is Accessed First, And The greater Degree Of Control Over Them Is But Slowly Acquired...

Exercise EXTREME CAUTION During The FIRST SUMMONING RITUAL! A Student Of Mine Had The Misfortune To Be assailed By Noncorpreal Forces After Botching It...
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on 20 November 1997
Good Book. If you dwell on the darker sides of life, this book is calling to you. But, if your just curious, the layout and writting is well done. The main story keeps your interest though the whole volume, and the texts set aside for 'spells and incatations', though, not of my believes, are tantalizing and mysterious. I recommend you read it, but keep a light on, just in case you get a little jumpy at small sounds around your home.
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on 5 November 1997
Yes, this Necronomicon is a hoax. As written before, it can still be amusing reading, although it's not authenthic occult material. The Necronomicon edited by Simon is better even if it too may not be completely accurate. Like all old left-overs, it's hard to make a totally correct judgement of it's whole true meaning...
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Read this for a laugh. It's a harmless work of fiction - a coffee table book for confused teenagers and Goth-wannabees. Doubtless H.P. is having a giggle over this, wherever he might be. Remember people - don 't open your mind so far that your brain falls out.
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on 12 January 1997
This book is a fun read, though it contains far too
much extraneous material and too little Necronomicon.
Readers should note, however, that Colin Wilson has since
admitted that this book is not actually a decoded ancient
manuscript, but a hoax concocted by him and his friends
that is not meant to be used as a grimoire. This will
not matter to some, but those for whom authenticity and
accuracy are more important than occult practice should be
warned.
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