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Romancing the Necronomicon

To: alt.christnet.demonology,alt.necronomicon,alt.magick,alt.magick.goetia,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick
From: Abaddon 
Subject: Re: Romancing the Necronomicon (was: Necronomicon Sigils)
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 12:10:40 -0700

Gnome d' Plume wrote:

>          But if you want my vote for a good Necronomicon, I will line
> up along side Ludvig Prinn and recommend my old friend Lin Carter's
> version of "The Dee Translation." This work captures the essence, is
> marvelously entertaining, and gets Lovecraft's visions across far
> better than Simon's bastardized cash-cow -- and as far as I can tell
> Lin never made a penny on it.  I remember Lin actually created the
> first Necornomicon hoax at an early 1950's sci-fi con by baking a few
> parchment folios in the oven and letting some younger fen take a peek.
> Unfortunately that started it. DeCamp followed with his "Duriac"
> version that repeated itself every eight pages, and before long we had
> fake Necronomicons all over the place.
>         Allow me to close with a line from H.P.L. ". ...and you shall
> know them by their smell."
>         He was certainly right. Most Necronomicons do smell pretty
> bad. *****
> Gnome d' Plume

Huzzah!  At least someone has got the right idea.  If someone wanted to do
a fake Necronomicon, I would recommend buying the Simon edition as a guide
for what NOT to do.  That it is a piece of claptrap should be immediately
apparent to anyone who has seriously studied the occult.

As for good hoaxes of the Necronomicon, have you seen Hay's (Skoob
Esoterica, 1978), and its companion volume The R'lyeh Text (Skoob, 1995)?
This is a wonderful piece of hoaxing which involves actual manuscripts
written by Dee.



"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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