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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    Wow

    Suddenly, I'm a believer. This is an amazing book, a real moving read. You can tell just how farking smart and REAL 'Simon' is. Truly an astounding tale. And full of so much tangenital information. Suddenly, I know ALL KINDS OF NEW AND FASCINATING STUFF, stuff which any person who is interested in the cultural side of the occult should be very glad to read about. Buy this book. Buy a copy for your grandfather, your neighbor, your boss, the 12 year old skater-chick who lives down the street, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    skeptical?

    In the 1920s and 30s there was a brilliant pulp fiction writer named H. P. Lovecraft. He created his own made up religion, which would come to be known as the 'Cthulhu Mythos', providing a backdrop for a series of short stories which were published in a fantasy magazine called 'Weird Tales'. The best and most well known of these stories are 'The Call of Cthulhu' and 'The Dunwich Horror', and they center around 'The Old Ones', alien gods/demons of unimaginable power who will one day return to our world and bring about the end of mankind. In the course of creating this entirely made up religion, he created an ancient grimoire which could be used to open the portals between the worlds and bring the Old Ones back. He called it the Necronomicon. There it is. A concise history of the Necronomicon. Anything that claims to be an 'authentic' Necronomicon is just as real as the planet Oz or flesh eating zombies. If you're inclined to believe in these things, either grow up or seek professional help. By the way, Lovecraft is a great writer. I highly recommend the Arkham House editions of his works. People are SO gullable, how many morons carry around this book while listening to Marilyn Manson on their ipods thinking that they are exploring the 'dark arts'? Lovecraft invented the Necronomican to tie his stories together into what has become known as the Cthulu mythos. I can't fault the author for trying to make a buck but anyone who thinks this is anything but fiction should contact me about a bridge I'm selling in Brooklyn. Of course the issue of 'whether the Necronomicon' is 'real' or not can not be solved by this book but it makes for a great read. I, myself, have never read Lovecraft because I'm one of those 'truth is stranger than fiction' readers (one scholarly book a day!). Anyway besides giving some good insight into the weird counter-intelligence scene that works through religion we also get an excellent analysis of ancient Sumerian religion and its connection to other cultures. The 'pop science' position on Sumeria is that it could not be tied to African-based cultures but I had just browsed a book showing the Elamite as an African-based culture -- Dravidian at least! I just think that white U.S. culture is very myopic and this includes the comments on Taoist magic versus ceremonial magic in this book. Taoists are playful and use all the emotions in their healing. The most poignant part of the book was just the psychic reliving of the psychic armor created in the development of Western monotheism. Professor Brian Fagan's book 'The Long Summer' gives a good detailed analysis of how the Holocene warming period that enabled civilization then led to desertification and wars and this great fear that the Gods would forget humans or that the Gods are destruction. I'm almost willing to through out that the great fear of the Ocean as Tiamat, Leviathan, etc. is some sort of vast 'reverse psychology' somatic dissociation dynamic. I also suggest taking ALL names and ALL sources provided and search everywhere for things you aren't quite sure of. You don't need Simon, or Harms, or Gonce to tell you what's right or wrong. you can find these things yourself w/ the info provided in this text. Simon provides extensive (at times exhausting)background information so that the reader can make his or her own conclusions, which in my opinion, point clearly to a legitimate existance of the Necronomicon. However, one must ignore the poor writing of Simon, whose energy went more into the research than the construction of the book. At times, subjects stray away from an end until another chapter, and the story of the two priests crashing Bobby Kennedy's funeral was superfluous for me because I wanted to get to the bare bones of the subject, which can be found in the second half of the book. however, as stated before, RESEARCH THE NAMES GIVEN. The last chapter is pretty much muckracking towards Harms and Gonce an

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