Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon

Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon

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by Donald Tyson
     
 

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H. P. Lovecraft's compelling character, Abdul Alhazred, is brought to life in this epic tale detailing the mad sorcerer's tragic history and magical adventures. Alhazred tells his own life story, beginning with himself as a poor, handsome boy in Yemen who attracts the attention of the king for his divine skill in poetry. As the court poet, young Abdul lives a

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H. P. Lovecraft's compelling character, Abdul Alhazred, is brought to life in this epic tale detailing the mad sorcerer's tragic history and magical adventures. Alhazred tells his own life story, beginning with himself as a poor, handsome boy in Yemen who attracts the attention of the king for his divine skill in poetry. As the court poet, young Abdul lives a luxurious life at the palace, where he studies necromancy and magic. But falling in love with the king's daughter leads to a foolish tryst, which is ultimately discovered. As punishment, Abdul is tortured, brutally mutilated, and cast into the desert, known as the Empty Space. Battling insanity, he joins a tribe of ghouls and learns forbidden secrets from a stranger called Nyarlathotep. Thus begins his downward spiral into wickedness. Renamed Alhazred, he escapes the desert and embarks on a quest to restore his body and reunite with his true love. Traveling across the ancient world and fantastic realms, he is hounded by foes and tormented by the demands of his dark lord.

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Publishers Weekly
Having already written a "translation" of H.P. Lovecraft's imaginary book of occult lore, the Necronomicon, Tyson (Necronomicon: The Wanderings of Alhazred) takes fictional homage one step further with this "autobiography" of the forbidden tome's author, the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred. Maimed and cast out into the desert for carnal indiscretions with the king's daughter, young Abdul takes up with a group of ghouls and travels to the fabled Nameless City. Under the tutelage of Nyarlathotep, the messenger of the monstrous Great Old Ones, he learns unspeakable necromantic secrets and has fantastic adventures based on Lovecraft's stories. This embellished Arabian Nights fantasy is targeted largely at Lovecraft fans, some of whom will likely balk at a pastiche nearly as long as Lovecraft's complete collected fiction. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738708928
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Series:
Necronomicon Series, #2
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
777,135
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Donald Tyson (Nova Scotia, Canada) is an occult scholar and the author of the popular, critically acclaimed Necronomicon series. He has written more than a dozen books on Western esoteric traditions. Visit him online at DonaldTyson.com.

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I was a bit put off by the first couple chapters, but after those i couldn't put the book down. It keeps you wanting to know more and more. A great read.
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if you like dark fantasy, dealings with the dead/necromancy, then pick this book up. Alhazred, an exhiled prince more or less, was banished to the Empty Space from Yemen, mutilated and half dead. he starts his journey, seeking certain necromancy that will recover his lost members. on his wanderings he meats an ancient God that will use alhazred to serve his purposes.