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In the past 31 years, there has been a lot of ink—actual and virtual—spilled on the subject of the Necronomicon. Some have derided it as a clumsy hoax; others have praised it as a powerful grimoire. As the decades have passed, more information has come to light both on the book's origins and discovery, and on the information contained within its pages. The Necronomicon has been found to contain formula for spiritual trans-formation, consistent with some of the most ancient mystical processes in the world, ...

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Overview

In the past 31 years, there has been a lot of ink—actual and virtual—spilled on the subject of the Necronomicon. Some have derided it as a clumsy hoax; others have praised it as a powerful grimoire. As the decades have passed, more information has come to light both on the book's origins and discovery, and on the information contained within its pages. The Necronomicon has been found to contain formula for spiritual trans-formation, consistent with some of the most ancient mystical processes in the world, processes that were not public knowledge when the book was first published, processes that involve communion with the stars.

In spite of all the controversy, the first edition sold out before it was published. And it has never been out of print since then. This year, the original designer of the 1977 edition and the original editor have joined forces to present a new, deluxe hardcover edition of the most feared, most reviled, and most desired occult book on the planet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380751921
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1980
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 114,928
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon is a student of magic, occultism, and religion since the mid-1960s and the editor of the Necronomicon, Simon was a frequent lecturer for the famed Warlock Shop in Brooklyn and the Magickal Childe Bookstore in Manhattan for more than ten years before his sudden disappearance in 1984, speaking on topics as diverse as religion and politics, occultism and fascism, ceremonial magic, demonolatry, the Tarot, the Qabala, and Asian occult systems. He also conducted private classes for the New York City OTO during this period, with a focus on Enochian magic, "Owandering bishops," and Afro-Caribbean occult beliefs. An ordained priest of an Eastern Orthodox church, Simon has appeared on television and radio discussing such topics as exorcism, satanism, and Nazism. The media events he organized in the 1970s and 1980s — with rock bands, ritual performances, and celebrity appearances — helped to promote the "occult renaissance" in New York City. After decades of study in European, Asian, and Latin American cult centers, this book marks his first public appearance in more than twenty years.

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This is the testimony of all that I have seen, and all that I have learned, in those years that I have possessed the Three Seals of MASSHU. I have seen One Thousand-and-One moons, and surely this is enough for the span of a man's life, though it is said the Prophets lived much longer. I am weak, and ill, and bear a great tiredness and exhaustion, and a sigh hangs in my breast like a dark lantern. I am old.

The wolves carry my name in their midnight speeches, and that quiet, subtle Voice is summoning me from afar. And a Voice much closer will shout into my ear with unholy impatience. The weight of my soul will decide its final resting place. Before that time, I must put down here all that I can concerning the horrors that stalk Without, and which lie in wait at the door of every man, for this is the ancient arcana that has been handed down of old, but which has been forgotten by all but a few men, the worshippers of the Ancient Ones (may their names be blotted out!).

And if I do not finish this task, take what is here and discover the rest, for time is short and mankind does not know nor understand the evil that awaits it, from every side, from every open Gate, from every broken barrier, from every mindless acolyte at the altars of madness.

For this is the Book of the Dead, the Book of the Black Earth, that I have writ down at the peril of my life, exactly as I received it, on the planes of the IGIGI, the Cruel celestial spirits from beyond the Wanderers of the Wastes.

Let all who read this book be warned thereby that the habitation of men are seen and surveyed by that Ancient Race of gods and demons from a time before time, and that they seek revenge forthat forgotten battle that took place somewhere in the Cosmos and rent the Worlds in the days before the creation of Man, when the Elder Gods walked the Spaces, the race of MARDuk as he is known to the Chaldeans, and of ENKI our Master, the Lord of Magicians.

Know, then, that I have trod all the Zones of the Gods, and also the places of the Azonei, and have descended unto the foul places of Death and Eternal Thirst, which may be reached through the Gate of GANZIR, which was built in UR, in the days before Babylon was.

Know, too, that I have spoken with all manner of spirit and daemon, whose names are no longer known in the societies of Man, or were never known. And the seals of some of these are writ herein; yet others I must take with me when I leave you. ANU have mercy on my soul!

I have seen the Unknown Lands, that no map has ever charted. I have lived in the deserts and the wastelands, and spoken with demons and the souls of slaughtered men, and of women who have died in childbirth, victims of the she-fiend LAMMASHTA.

I have traveled beneath the Seas, in search of the Palace of Our Master, and found the stone monuments of vanquished civilizations, and deciphered the writings of some of these; while still others remain mysteries to any man who lives. And these civilizations were destroyed because of the knowledge contained In this book.

I have traveled among the stars, and trembled before the Gods. I have, at last, found the formula by which I passed the Gate ARZIR, and passed Into the forbidden realms of the foul IGIGI.

I have raised demons, and the dead.

I have summoned the ghosts of my ancestors to real and visible appearance on the tops of temples built to reach the stars, and built to touch the nethermost cavities of HADES. I have wrestled with the Black Magician, AZAG-THOTH, in vain, and fled to the Earth by calling upon INANNA and her brother MARDUK, Lord of the double-headed AXE.

I have raised armies against the Lands of the East, by summoning the hordes of fiends I have made subject unto me, and so doing found NGAA, the God of the heathens, who breathes flame and roars like a thousand thunders.

I have found fear.

I have found the Gate that leads to the Outside, by which the Ancient Ones, who ever seek entrance to our world, keep eternal watch. I have smelled the vapors of that Ancient One, Queen of the Outside, whose name is writ in the terrible MAGAN text, the testament of some dead civilization whose priests, seeking power, swing open the dread, evil Gate for an hour past the time, and were consumed.

I came to possess this knowledge through circumstances quite peculiar, while still the unlettered son of a shepherd in what Is called Mesopotamia by the Greeks.

When I was only a youth, traveling alone in the mountains to the East, called MASSHU by the people who live there, I came upon a grey rock carved with three strange symbols. It stood as high as a man, and as wide around as a bull. It was firmly in the ground, and I could not move it. Thinking no more of the carvings, save that they might be the work of a king to mark some ancient victory over an enemy, I built a fire at its foot to protect me from the wolves that wander in those regions and went to sleep, for it was night and I was far from my village, being Bet Durrabia. Being about three hours from dawn, in the nineteenth of Shabatu, I was awakened by the howl of a dog, or perhaps of a wolf, uncommonly loud and close at hand. The fire had died to its embers, and these red, glowing coals cast a faint, dancing shadow across the stone monument with the three carvings. I began to make haste to build another fire when, at once, the gray rock began to rise slowly into the air, as though it were a dove. I could not move or speak for the fear that seized upon my spine and wrapped cold fingers around my skull. The Dik of Azug-bel-ya was no stranger to me than this sight, 'though the former seemed to melt into my hands!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Danger!! Mouse!! Watch Out For Terrified Elephants.

    A clarifacation. It is possible to hurt yourself with this book, especialy if your ego is too big for your britches. OK, let me qualify that- it is possible to hurt yourself with the practice of magick, especialy if your ego is too big for your britches. Occultism-particularly of the Necronomicon variety-demands a great degree of self-control, of what Crowley calls 'Love under will.' Occultism is designed to force an individual to think outside 'the box', but in this case we mean the black box of consciousness, of consensus reality. By forcing the brain to acknowledge other ways of looking at the world, occultism enlightens...but it does so at the peril of the occultist. If psychological safegaurds are not on place, the experience of the occult can lead to maddness and death. Many noble minds have suffered from too much knowledge, too deep an understanding of the world...and yet, too little knowledge and too shallow an understanding to save them. To survive the occult journey, one must be prepared to abandon one's ego. Unfortunatly for most occultists, their ego is the very last thing they are prepared to give up. Self-initiation is at once the safest and the most dangerous method of saving oneself from the chaos and destruction that rages all around us. It is safest, for it avoids obedience to a guru who may or may not have one's best intrests at heart, and who may or may not be a genuine enlightened master but a venal exploiter of human weakness. It is dangerous, because there is no one to provide a reality check or to guide the seeker when the path becomes dark. Occultism is not for the emotionally unstable or unbalenced, for one needs a clear head and a keen mind to negotiate its treacherous waters. It is a science of the heart and soul as well as of the mind, so a certian amount of emotional sensitivity is required. Balencing sensitivity and stability is the greatest challenge the beginning occultist will face. One tends to shut off one's sensitivity once instability is suspected, and no amount of intellectual prodding will bring it back. But if one remains too sensitive, too 'open' to the occult enviroment, then instability is almost a given, and one begins to rationalize the most outrageous deeds, putting the intellect at the mercy of a deranged heart. So again, occultism-particulary of the Necronomicon variety- requires a great degree of self-control- of 'Love under will.' Read this book, use this book, love this book, even cherish this book- just be careful with this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    My interest in weird literature purchased Simon's Necronomicon.

    My interest in weird literature purchased Simon's Necronomicon. The initial impression was positive; the pages are filled with interesting drawings, commentary, and instructions to raise the monsters of the Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. As I read its contents, I became uncomfortable with the occult and frankly satanic content and eventually threw the book in the garbage. I stress that it is a great prop to have on your bookself  if you're a Lovecraft fan, or an interesting conversation piece for certain groups of people; however, it's a bit unpleasant and confusing to read. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    The Necronomicon changed my life!!!

    All you have to do is read it to understand the realness within it's pages. It calls out to you as does Cthulu. Open wide the gates!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    It works thats all that matters

    Many who say the Necronomicon is a fake and don't work. They have never used it. It works very well and quickly. The Necronomicon Files say it is a fake but only prove that it works and that is their fear. Study Kenneth Grants work some say he is a fake and his books are not for beginners and so the Necronomicon is also not for beginners. I have had things show up in the flesh in front of my face and I don't do drugs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2002

    not for the faint.

    ahhh yes, how many fantasy readers have stumbled upon the famous necronomicon and thought it to be a fictitious story of necromancers? reality check, as ceremonial/ritual magick and basic occult studies go, this is the 'bible'. at least in the mainstream sense of it. why it was ever translated and published for any would-be to read and bring harm upon themselves or others, i dont know. but it's here. and in regard to the 'i read stephen king and he's nothing compared to this'. the explanation to that is simple; this is *real*. and not to be toyed with in the least. to read this book is to know a small piece of what man has come to fear about anythign supernatural. And with good reason. if you have had no guidance or experience in the practice of magick, do not read this book. if you are out to hex or curse someone, yes the answers and workings are all there laid out for you. but i caution you, bad energy is always returned to the sender. weather you believe in karma or not, it does return and yes, three fold. you will need more protection against you own workings than is worth the effort. and hwy would you ever want to do such things anyways? but if you cannot be swayed from those actions, find your local coven of occultists, i highly recomend talkign to wiccans, and explore alternatives. and should you not care for the alternatives, ask them the possible consequences. good luck, blessed be.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    The Necronomican is real!

    The Necronomican is real.It's no fabrication from H.P. Lovecraft.Lovecraft wrote all of his stories using the Necronomican.It is the biography of an arab who messed with the magick and somewhere along the way tripped up and angered the gods.He wrote the necronomican to warn other people of it before the gods murdered him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    I am convinced to this day reading parts of this book outloud dr

    I am convinced to this day reading parts of this book outloud drove my mother insane and changed me and my life forever. Just owning it seemed to cause strange things to happen and unpleasant feelings. Whatever the intent of the author or the nature as a supposed work of fiction, with it comes a very real effect. I will never own this book again. I dont suggest anyone do unless they are fully prepared and willing to handle the consequences.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Very Amazing book

    Its a Life changer Alright into the world of Murdock and Tailmat :) buy this If your willing to use it...It can be your protection or your destruction

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    A good book

    The book was a little smaller then i thought it would be but all in all it was a good book. If you like the darker stuff this is great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    Waste of Money

    While this book may provide some limited entertainment-if the reader is extraordinarily bored-it is otherwise useless. It is not a real grimoire (it's a hoax taken from Lovecraft's works) and it doesn't even attempt to tell an interesting story. It's just a bunch of silly diagrams and strings of capitalized letters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Necronomicon

    I have had this book in my library for about three years and for reasons unknown had only a year ago read it cover to cover. Since then I have read it through four times. And with each reading I find that more of the books mysteries are revealed to me. If you choose to beleive what is writ in this book or not is up to you. But realize that the facts are too great to ignore. My advice is to read it for yourself and decied for yourself if the book is fact or fiction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    Occultainment is Infotainment

    This book, like many other 'magic books' is usefull primarily as a fetish/talism/freakpiece to guide/focus/center energy on/through/around..etc. One could say the entire so-termed 'cthulu-mythos' was H.P.Lovecrafts (unconciously projected) 'meta-sigil', and that 'Simons' book, and all the other Necronomicons are just further extensions of that same very powerfull sigil, the occult results of which will probably continue to unfold, and to gain steam, for quite some time to come. And yes, by simply farking around with this book, some VERY stunning-slash-peculular results can, if WiLLed, be had. And as for warnings to the novice and bla bla bla, magical booby-traps contained in the text bah bah blacksheep etc..? Well, duh, this is a 'black' Magick book. It's all about intent, even when everything blows up oh so spectaculary in your face, or, conversly, when your abode is visited by a Great translucent Serpent, who leaves behind a single, perfect, Scale and you have no idea what to do with it. Do you eat it? (...Dude. Do you wish to be granted Watcher status and live for thousands of years? If so, the smart money is on injesting this dragon-scale then, if it ever comes your way. I did not, but thats another story). Anyway, all kinds of unpredictable things are possible with a little imagination (..hey look, if you squint just right, David Blain looks exactly like Jesus Christ the miracle worker come home to roost in newyorkcityimeanBabylon?) You know what I mean. To me, the Necronomicon represents Chaos magic at it's most unpredictible, its most uncontrolled, its most Chaotic. Playing with this book, could perhaps be likened to playing spin the bottle in a room full of elementals, spirits, and others...blindfolded. Just keep that intent firmly to heart! I played with it (and I stress PLAYED with it, not WORKED with it) as a teen in 1989, and once more in 2003, or so, and both times, the results went beyond my furthest daydreams. I say play, because to try and systematicaly 'work' it, I have never done, nor had the desire/inclination/dicipline to try. Plus, the idea of 'path-working' with this book just seemed dumb. To me, at least. Probably one day I'll play with it some more, and at least 'try' to shuffel my way through the 'paths' as laid out in this book by the so called 'Simon'. Just for fun. And only as a precursor to trying to master some other 'paths' in some other books. And, I will be cheating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2002

    Cool

    This is a very good book. I enjoyed it very much

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    I'm A Regular Stephen King Reader, and This was disturbing

    This book has a great story line! It has been a great resource for my research paper on the origins of horror. Frankly, I don't care if its a real story or not, it's just really interesting to read. However, if you are of 'weak stomach', I don't recommend this book. It'll give ya nightmares for weeks. Most people look at this book and see some satanic ritual book or something. It's a myth, not to be taken as true. p.s. The 'magic grass' is uh...well...you'll just have to read the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    aldnod a warlock on cchat name grandmaster22

    HP Lovecraft is a powerful man to think up this book!! Magick it's self is madeup so is it real? well magick is real!! The mean's are props!! But is there a real old necronomicon mabe not!! Who can say in the magick of every day life!! What has been! all magick is props for power!! But he may have made the best props of all when he made this book!! I will look more into it as should all!! Aldnod Of The Order Of The Ram!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    I have not read this book yet !

    so the only thang i can say is excellent shipping & packing thank you !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great

    Amazing book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Excellnt book!

    The Simon Necronomicon is a very unique piece of work. I enjoyed reading it and working with the initiatory system contained within. It is probably the best system that I have worked with, within my 15 years of practicing the magickal arts. However, if one were to engage the information written in the text, or to take it on face value, they will wind up looking like a fool. When i first started to work with the SN, I decided to research and reference the information on my own, and not listen to either pro or con. i have seen any people jump on the bandwagon of bashing the Simon Necronomicon based on the thesis given by Harms and Gonce, while many are not aware of their aims. So far I have research and connected most of the information written in this book to the Ancient Sumerian Myths. The Simon Necronomicon is the grimoire of modern man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    A good book

    If the strength of a fiction lies in the imaginations of the writer and the reader both, then any person with a strong imagination who wishes to may find some magical benefit in the 'cthulhu mythos' in general, and in the 'Simon Necronomicon', or the 'Simomnomicon' in particular. And the imaginations of H. P. Lovecraft and PeterLevendaimean'Simon' both are extremely fecund. That's not to say that anything Peter Levenda or 'Simon' (or even Lovecraft, to take Kenneth Grant's point of tack!) ever published was necessarily fiction- who knows? The Shadow knows...The 'Simonomicon' is by now firmly entrenched within the latter-day western occult tradition. Read into it and play upon it what you will, and always remember- Love is the law.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    An Entertaining Fiction... Not a magic bible!

    I've found that a lot of people have come to believe that this fictional book is worth dedicating their lives and magical workings to. They actually try to use its humorous and amusing abracadabra. It's a joke. But, nonetheless it is gothic and morbid, and a very good thing to read when you need to kill time.

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