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Return to Book Page. Preview — Necronomicon by Donald Tyson. Anyone familiar with H. Lovecraft's work knows of the Necronomicon, the black magic grimoire he invented as a literary prop in his classic horror stories.
There have been several attempts at creating this text, yet none stand up to Lovecraft's own descriptions of the Necronomicon Fans of Lovecraftian magic and occult fiction will delight in Donald Tyson's Necronomicon, based purely within Lovecraft's own fictional universe, the Cthulhu Mythos.
This grimoire traces the wanderings of Abdul Alhazred, a necromancer of Yemen, on his search for arcane wisdom and magic. Alhazred's magical adventures lead him to the Arabian desert, the lost city of Irem, ruins of Babylon, lands of the Old Ones, and Damascus, where he encounters a variety of strange creatures and accrues necromantic secrets. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 1st by Llewellyn Publications first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Necronomicon , please sign up. I have never read ANY of Lovecraft's work unfortunately. But i bought this one Is it Going to spoil anything for me in the Lovecraft Universe?
Should i Read it after any other book? Or in General does it matter to be the first book in this univerese that i Will read? Gordon I would start off reading Lovecraft's works before reading this. Not that this would spoil anything, but reading his work would give you a better unde …more I would start off reading Lovecraft's works before reading this. Not that this would spoil anything, but reading his work would give you a better understanding of what Tyson is trying to do.
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Mar 18, Michel Avenali rated it really liked it. This book is a primer of sorts to the mythos and a great starting point for those looking for clarification and more information behind Lovecraft's Elder Gods and major themes.
The mythos at this point is very vast, encompassing not only Lovecraft's own stories, but contributions over the years by myriad authors who have delved into it in anthologies and short story collections. This book is the first time to my knowledge that the story and contents behind the Necronomicon a book referenced to and alluded in many stories is fully fleshed out. It follows the life and travels of the Necromancer Alhazred, and through this narrative it touches upon every important point and character in the mythos.
From detailed descriptions and spheres of influence of each Elder God, to some fascinating background and history on esoteric and mystical locations in our world and beyond, this book is a great companion for any aspiring fan.
I really enjoyed how this book replicates the mood and atmosphere of the mythos, while reading this book you will be disturbed, and very creeped out. That sense of dread and foreboding is what makes the mythos so much fun, it literally creeps into a primal fear inside us, which is in my opinion what great horror should inspire to do. If you're new to the mythos, or a long time fan, this book is a must read and will not disappoint.
View 1 comment. Jun 28, DavidO rated it liked it. I suppose a lot of research went into this book, but it is far from what it should be. Instead of being scared out of my mind, I found myself bored out of my mind. It doesn't even appear to be bound in human flesh, so, come on!
Nov 29, David rated it liked it Shelves: 21st-century , biography , fiction , paranormal , non-fiction , speculative , gnostic-dementia , mythology. It was fun, but not the best edition to the fan fiction world of H. If you enjoy H. Sep 23, Gordon rated it liked it Shelves: horror. Even though anonymity is a tradition in grimoires, I prefer Donald Tyson's approach of clearly using Lovecraft's work to create the notoriously fictional grimoire that is the Necronomicon des Over the years, I've considered purchasing Simon 's The Necronomicon being a fan of H.
Is there still false authorship? Is there preparation for the magician? Are there sigils for the Old Ones? Tyson goes so far as to warp Judeo-Christian tales and legends into Lovecraft's mythos as if they have always been the Old Ones or the Elder Gods.
What would have put this over the top would have been weird hand-drawn depictions of the Old Ones or Elder Gods like found in Johann Weyer's Infernal Dictionary. And instead of a shadowed outline of a tablet where the sigils are on, a circle encapsulating them would have been more traditional.
I'm glad he didn't fully stick with tradition. Tradition would have given the reader about a paragraph of text for each evil entity or in this case, Old One. Also, there wouldn't be as many gruesome details on what happens to the magician if the magician fails reminds me a bit of the author of Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century telling the reader that one way of performing a spell worked over another.
There are plenty of other differences including the description of various landscapes and worlds beyond our own. About halfway through the text, it shifts away from western grimoires and leans more towards the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Given the unearthing of Giza pyramids and Tutankhamen's tomb around the time of his writing, Egyptian culture and history impacted Lovecraft's writings.
I haven't read much on Egyptian occultism, but it would be fascinating to see what traditions Tyson carried over into Lovecraft's fictional grimoire. After a few more chapters, it goes into sort of a forbidden travel log, which, to much extent, is similar to the beginning of the book. Throughout the travel log are hints on how to get information by sneaking into or becoming a part of different societies, and discovering the many weird things hidden away from the rest of the world.
Although this work is blatantly fiction, there comes a point where it's hard to image that one man, Alhazred in this case, was able to accomplish all of the feats in mentioned in this text as is suggested at the end. I also found this book to be a bit too long for something that supposed to be a grimoire.
Don't get me wrong, there are lengthy grimoires, The Book of Oberon: A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic is a good example, but they don't usually go on for a few hundred pages.
A writer on the occult turns his talent to the most famous fictional tome and writes it. Bringing together the threads of HPL and friends many stories. Certainly very different. Aug 02, Jody Mena added it Shelves: fiction. Fantastically dark and thrilling! This was a wonderful reworking and exposition of the world painted in the writings of H. I loved the way the book was organized as a sort of travel guide crossed with a narrative; as I read, I felt as though I was right there with Alhazred, and also as though I could go to the places described, see the shocking and wonderous sites depicted, and do these shocking, fascinating and monumental things if I so desired.
This fascination, coupled with the v Fantastically dark and thrilling! This fascination, coupled with the very casual way in which various atrocities are treated such as human sacrifice, torture, cannibalism, etc , and indeed the very casual way the wonderous aspects of the journey are treated, project a feeling of conspiracy, as though you're being let in on arcane secrets.
Basically, if you let yourself get drawn into the book, it's a wild and chilling ride for the imagination. Fans of Lovecraft's stories will particularly enjoy it, but even someone who's never read Lovecraft could have a great time with this book!
Jun 05, Peter rated it liked it Shelves: h-p-lovecraft , occult-and-paranormal. AND LO! To see with mine own eyes the change from its glossy wetness to a satin finish, its heady vapours clouded my mind. EE-YAI the second coat is done. What is this afore me, a fair maiden stands with paint for the bathroooooom, aaaaaaaaah. Really the occult section? Upon its back it is listed as occult and paraded as such, shame on you llewelyn this is bad fan fiction.
Dec 23, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: horror.
Necronomicon by Donald Tyson
We don't run ads or paid promotions here. To help us stay independent, you can tip us via Patreon or Paypal. See all articles tagged as Donald Tyson. Necronomicon is the title of the infamous fictitious book that contained the dark secrets of the creepy Old Ones, created by HP Lovecraft and eventually taking on a life of its own as other authors use it as part of their own horror stories.