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The Necronomicon is also known as the Book of the Dead, or under an original supposed Arabic title Kitab al-Azif, is a fictional grimoire (textbook of magic) that appears in stories of the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and his followers. It was first mentioned in the 1924 Lovecraft tale "The Hound", written in 1922, although its supposed author, the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred, had been quoted a year earlier in Lovecraft's "The Nameless City." Among other things, the work contains an account of the Ancients, their history, and the means to summon them.

Other authors such as August Derleth and Clark Ashton Smith also cited the Necronomicon in their works. Lovecraft approved of other writers drawing on his work, believing that such common allusions built "a background of evil verisimilitude." Many readers have believed that it is a real job, and booksellers and librarians receive many requests; pranksters have listed it in rare book catalogs, and a student smuggled a card into the Yale University Library card catalog.

Capitalizing on the notoriety of the fictional volume, real-life publishers have printed many books titled Necronomicon since Lovecraft's death.

Book Details

Summary

The Simon Necronomicon is a supposed grimoire written by an unknown author, with an introduction by a man identified only as "Simon", a possible alias for Peter Levenda. The materials presented in the book are a mixture of mythological elements from the ancient Middle East, with allusions to the writings of HP Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley, interwoven with a story about a man known as the "Mad Arab" (himself derived from various Lovecraft stories).

Levenda acknowledged working on the book with Simon. Ian Punnett made a reference to interviewing "Simon" and mentioned similarities to Peter Levenda and asked Peter to "say hi to Simon for him, next time I see him," to which Peter laughed and said he would.

Review

In the last 31 years, a lot of ink, real and virtual, has been spilled on the subject of the Necronomicon. Some have ridiculed it as a clumsy joke; others have praised it as a powerful grimoire. Over the decades, more information has come to light both about the origins and discoveries of the book and about the information contained in its pages. The Necronomicon has been found to contain a formula for spiritual transformation, consistent with some of the oldest mystical processes in the world, processes that were not public knowledge when the book was first published, processes that involve communion with the stars.

About 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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