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The truth about Mad Abdul,
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This review is from: Alhazred: Author of the Necromonicon (Paperback)
You'd be mad, too, if you had had to go through what poor Abdul had to endure. Though he started off pretty well as a handsome youth gifted for poetry and brought in at the court of the king of Yemen, his rather too close intimacy with the princess earned him an horrendous punishment, and exile in the Rub-alkali, the most cruel desert of the world. How he survived and launched a quest to discover the secrets of magic, gathering the knowledge of the Old Ones which he'll finally set down in his blasphemous work, "Al Azif", better known as the "Necronomicon", is the subject of this fat but enjoyable novel, which manages to be consistent with the H.P. Lovecraft works you'll find in Necronomicon: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (Gollancz S.F.), yet enjoyable in itself, in case you're not familiar with HPL.
While Donald Tyson works in a style much more modern than Lovecraft's, in case you wondered, the whole work dovetails nicely with the Providence author's hints, and the whole biography is exciting and fun. Alhazred turns out to be a rather unpleasant character, selfish and ruthless, yet captivating.
Definitely worth reading, especially if you like H.P. Lovecraft.