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Best Necronomicon I've read,
This review is from: Necronomicon: The Wanderings of Alhazred (Paperback)
I do not agree with the other comment, and I'll explain why. As a great fan of Lovecraft I appreciate this version of the Necronomicon for sticking to Lovecraft's details about it and offering all the quotes found in Lovecraft's work. All the while trying something different from other versions. This is not a book of incantations and spells like the Simon version (which holds no similarity with Lovecraft's work) but it details the travels of Abdul ALhazred along with all the arcane wisdom he gained from his travels and the way to apply this potent wisdom in the use of magic and necromancy while offering the proper way to contact the Old Ones so they may aid in your magic.
For example: the chapter on the essential salts. It details the proper way to prepare a corpse for resurrection (although I would have appreciated more detail, such as how the substances to melt the bodies are made or what are they etc), while the two spells found in the "case of charles dexter ward", the evocations to Yog-Sothoth are found in the chapter concerning Yog-Sothoth and his power. Elsewhere in the book is found the key to halting the metabolism, thus halting the aging process, an element used by Joseph Curwen in the above mentioned story.
You can also read, another example, the process used by Asenath to project her will into Ed Darby's mind in "the thing on the doorstep". These are just few examples.
The other user that commented on this product stated that Alhazred does not appear mad in this work. Here I would say that I never imagined Alhazred as mad in the general accepted way, only that the word "mad" is a metaphor used by Lovecraft to describe a person that dwells with fantacism into forbidden wisdom, that would frighten ordinary men, while offering his gifts on strange altars to Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu. I would see him more like Joseph Curwen, for example...
My opinion is that it is a very elaborate work which is wonderful to read by the Lovecraft addict.
The cover of this book is a little dissapointing. I would have used a hard, black cover, such as those used for the bible, with the seal of the Old Ones on it.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2009 00:14:25 BDT
Yes very true and i agree with the idea you had on how Al hazred was "MAD"
Posted on 2 Nov 2014 19:40:26 GMT
Ramon B says:
Does it work then? The price is a bit high, but I'd be prepared to part with the readies if it means immortality, no wonder it's attracting positive reviews!
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