It relates how Simon and his associates were introduced to a Greek translation of the Necronomicon by a mysterious monk. Simon claims that after experimenting with the text, they verified that the work is a genuine collection of magical rituals that predates most known religions, and warns that anyone attempting to use the Necronomicon may "unleash dangerous forces". The introduction attempts to establish links between H. Lovecraft , Aleister Crowley and ancient mythology including Sumerian , Babylonian , Assyrian , and Chaldean myths and rituals , and draw parallels to other religions such as Christianity , Wicca , Satanism and Hebrew Mythology. Some of the discussion is based on a supposed connection between Crowley and Lovecraft first espoused by Kenneth Grant. The "Testimony" is in two parts, forming a prologue and an epilogue to the core Necronomicon.

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Apr 13, Steve Cran rated it really liked it Published by Avon books and made available to the masses at a very low price, is the Necronimicon, easily one of the most controversial grimoires ever released. The controversy surrounding this grimoire is not about the demons or angels you conjure but rather authenticity. Is the the Necronomicon a real grimoire or was it a joke written over a bottle of wine?

Simon the author of the book and also the Necronimicon says the grimoire is legit. The Necronomicon was a grimoire that was prevalent Published by Avon books and made available to the masses at a very low price, is the Necronimicon, easily one of the most controversial grimoires ever released. The Necronomicon was a grimoire that was prevalent throughout the works of HP Lovecraft. Simon says otherwise.

He was a laborer. His son William ANdrew Pratzky was also a priest. Needless to say a lot was going on with these churches, politically and religiously. These churches were anto soviet and were a place for spies to meet up and spy on other.

There were also wandering priest who may or may not have had proper credentials. Peter Levenda and Pratzky became priest. Levenda was into magic and Pratzky was gay and into the rituals. As priests they had their series of adventures. Eventually there would be an issue of book theft by two priests and one of those books was a greek version of the "Necronomicon" Once having received the book they had to go through all sorts of subterfuge to get the book translated and then finally published.

THe book convers all the trials and tribulation of getting the book translated and published. According to Simon the Necornomicon is a grimoire that has passed through the ages and has chants and deities from Sumerian times.

Once cannot call it true Sumerian because though the ages it has been watered down and changed. It is not Judeo Christian. Most of the book is dedicated to explaining how the Necronomicon is in fact a middle eastern grimoire. THere are seven levels of enlightenment or spiritual journey. Inanna , Goddess of love and war, made several such journeys. Once to the underworld and next to the outer reaches of space to steal secrets from An.

Azif was the noise the Jinn made in the desert. The author goes on to analyze the word Cthulhu, as an ancient middle eastern word which is mentioned in other Middle Eastern works, and even in the Koran. Kutulu means man from the Underworld or the one who deserted us.

In the Middle East there was a city called Cutha. It is where, some say, that the Samaritan originated from. Of course when they went to Samaria they changed their practices. THe word , Cthulhugan is mentioned in the Koran as well. What happened to the Sumerians once they were driven out of their land and conquered.

THe author and various others would tell youn that the Yezidiee are descended from them as are the Toda people of India.

THis is based on linguistic , god names and art motifs that bear similarity. The author has done some good research on the Middle East and I have learned things that I have not previously known before. THe last part of the book covers some opposing sides of the argument surrounding the NEcronomican and it validity and safety of usage. Major points in the beginning of the "narrative" become contradicted or ignored later e.

The arguments against Harms and Gonce This is really only moderately to less-than-moderately entertaining its only value. Your true agenda shows in your willingness to take advantage of the deaths of your supposed friends in order to sensationalize your mundane story in order to sell more copies of this pile of dog crap. You really think Larry Barnes deserved to be used as a cheap marketing ploy by playing up his death as caused by his involvement with a fictional, useless grimoire?

VERY moral high ground. If indeed it is made up- well by all good bit of basic facts and wild speculation- like a low rent cross between kenneth grant and robert anton wilson- but not nearly as fun.

If indeed it is made up- well by all means make up more. It explains how the few people who made the translation met and found the sumerian manuscript. Simon added a lot of explanation on ancient civilizations to prove the Necronomicon is real. He explains also the similarities between the "real" Necronomicon and the Myth of Cthulhu by Lovecraft.


Dead Names: The Dark History of the Necronomicon

Burleson has argued that the idea for the book was derived from Nathaniel Hawthorne , though Lovecraft himself noted that "mouldy hidden manuscripts" were one of the stock features of Gothic literature. Price notes that the title has been variously translated by others as "Book of the names of the dead", "Book of the laws of the dead", "Book of dead names" and "Knower of the laws of the dead". There never was any Abdul Alhazred or Necronomicon, for I invented these names myself. Robert E. Howard is responsible for Friedrich von Junzt and his Unaussprechlichen Kulten It was published in , after his death, as " History of the Necronomicon ". He visited the ruins of Babylon , the "subterranean secrets" of Memphis and the Empty Quarter of Arabia.


Dead Names - The Dark History of The Necronomicon






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