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The Book of Power: Evaluating the Necronomicon

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.mythology,alt.necronomicon,alt.horror.cthulhu,sci.skeptic,alt.paranet.skeptic
From: Abaddon 
Subject: Re: The Book of Power: Evaluating the Necronomicon (was ...)
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 09:18:18 -0700

ny'rl'thot'p wrote:

> >Some observations I've had concerning the Necronomicon:
> >(Sorry if it seems a bit long.)
> >7.  The Mad Arab story is fairly lame given that he all but writes his
> >own death scene.
> >&    The stars grow dim in their places, and the Moon pales before me,
> >&    as though a Veil were blown across its flame.  Dog-faced demons
> >&    approach the circumfrance of my sanctuary.  Strange lines appear
> >&    carved on my door and walls, and the light from the Window grows
> >&    increasingly dim.
> >&    A wind has risen.
> >&    The Dark Waters stir.
> >&    This is the Book of the Servant of the Gods....
> >     -----------------------------------------------------------------
> >      _Necronomicon_ (Avon Books), the Testimony of the Mad Arab,
> >       the second part p. 218
> >     ____________________________________________________________
> does this have ANY correlate to quotation from Lovecraft's work?

None that I have ever read.

> the smallest possible construction of a Necronomicon would contain
> the quotes from Lovecraft's works on pages numbered appropriately,
> whether or not they pertained to a numerological sequence. the book
> would also conform to Lovecraft's general description also, and its
> content would resemble in character the historical influences that
> Lovecraft described in certainty. any ambiguity in HPL's data would
> allow some variation, and the rest would have to conform to the
> minimal standards constructed.
> at some point I'll begin a compilation of exactly what HPL DID say
> about the book, and possibly proceed to other "Cthulhu Mythos"
> authors who added to the corpus, unless someone else would like to
> do this work or knows where it is already accomplished and would
> like to refer me. thanks.

Try Chaosiums _The Necronomicon_ which is a collection of fiction on or
about the Book as well as a reprint of Lin Carter's hoax, and a few
scholarly essays on the Book itself as a phenomenon.  Some of the stories
aren't too bad, and Robert Price's essays are alway interesting and

> n'yrl'thot'p
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"We live on a placid island of ignorance
in the midst of black seas of infinity,
and it was not meant that we should voyage far. . ."
                                               --H.P. Lovecraft

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