Most of the books of the dead in other cultures (such as the ancient egyptian and buddhist books) relate to what comes after life, whereas the the necronomicon relates to fictional elder gods and their powerful evil servants.
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Posted 28 July 2005 - 12:03 AM
Lovecraft was a screwed up genius. Almost as much as Robert E. Howard. Maybe more....
And my respect for him as a writer is huge.
I read a 500 page book about him by L. Sprague DeCamp. For fun.
The Necronomicon is a combination of two words: Necro for dead of course, and Astromicon, either a astronomy magazine he worked on, or published himself I forget which.
Abdul Al'Hazred was his pretend name when he was going through a phase in childhood where he was obsessed with Medieval Muslim tales like Alladin and Sinbad. It followed his phase where he was obsessed with Greek Mythology and claimed to have seen fauns and dryads and nymphs in the forest.
His cousin made up the name. Hazred was the last name of some of his relatives.
Tacos, your friend Nate is just plain wrong. Even that link he gave you says Lovecraft made it up. The parts that talk about it through the ages and being in museums and whatnot, are still within the confines of fiction. Example: Real Life John Dee had a copy, but not really. It was the fictional idea of Lovecraft's friend.
Lovecraft had a very big circle of friends and contacts. His Cthulhu Mythos ideas were used in other people's works, so they became kind of an established thing. Then Sam Raimi made it popular with the Evil Dead movies.
There is actually a book on Amazon called The Necronomicon, but it is nothing more than a half-assed amateur spellbook thing, probably written for novelty purposes only.
Oddly enough, my college library had a copy of it. But it was reported stolen. I really wanted to see it, to see just what it really was.
Edited by Occam, 28 July 2005 - 12:06 AM.
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