The Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind the Legend

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Necronomicon -- a mere glance at its pages sends its readers shrieking into the night, their soul seared for all eternity! At least that's what people want you to believe ... Thank goodness authors Daniel Harms and John Wisdom Gonce III set the record straight in this scholarly yet accessible history of the dreaded tome. The Necronomicon Files is an incredibly comprehensive guide to the Necronomicon that covers all aspects, legends, and factual history surrounding this nefarious book. From a complete history of ...
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Overview

Necronomicon -- a mere glance at its pages sends its readers shrieking into the night, their soul seared for all eternity! At least that's what people want you to believe ... Thank goodness authors Daniel Harms and John Wisdom Gonce III set the record straight in this scholarly yet accessible history of the dreaded tome. The Necronomicon Files is an incredibly comprehensive guide to the Necronomicon that covers all aspects, legends, and factual history surrounding this nefarious book. From a complete history of the book as it evolved in the Cthulhu mythos started by Lovecraft and continued by others, to contemporary editions now available to the public. From appearances and references in movies and other media, to the actual magical concepts behind the fictional and published Necronomicon variants. Much more than just a dry, factual account, Harms's and Gonce's deep knowledge in their respective fields of interest bring the history and continuing influence of the Necronomicon alive with wit and verve. Humorous and intriguing, this compassionate examination of the Necronomicon is a thorough repudiation of the myths surrounding it, yet preserves much of the romance and fascination associated with the legend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578632695
  • Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser & Conari Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: Revised & Expanded
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 1,406,336
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Necronomicon--Shadow in the Mind ix
Introduction xv
Initiation xx
Acknowledgments xxiv
Part I The Necronomicon and Literature
Chapter 1 H. P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon 3
Chapter 2 "Many a Quaint and Curious Volume ...": The Necronomicon Made Flesh 29
Chapter 3 Evaluating Necronomicon Rumors 61
Part II The Necronomicon and Occultism
Chapter 4 The Evolution of Sorcery: A Brief History of Modern Magick 71
Chapter 5 Lovecraftian Magick--Sources and Heirs 85
Chapter 6 A Plague of Necronomicons 127
Chapter 7 Simon, Slater, and the Gang: True Origins of the Necronomicon 173
Chapter 8 The Chaos of Confusion 197
Chapter 9 The Necronomicon and Psychic Attack 215
Part III The Necronomicon and Entertainment
Chapter 10 Unspeakable Cuts: The Necronomicon on Film 225
Chapter 11 Call of the Cathode Ray Tube: The Necronomicon on Television 281
Conclusion 297
Appendix History of the Necronomicon 303
Endnotes 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    A great book.

    This book serves as a great introduction to the Necronomicon legends and serves to show it's role in magic today. I recommend it for anyone interested in the truth behind the legend, and anyone interested in beginning magical studies as it offers a useful list of beginning books to seek.

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