The Necronomicon files: the truth behind Lovecraft's legend

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Weiser Books, Aug 31, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 342 pages
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Necronomicon -- a mere glance at its pages sends its readers shrieking into the night, their soul seared for all eternity! At least that's what people want you to believe ... Thank goodness authors Daniel Harms and John Wisdom Gonce III set the record straight in this scholarly yet accessible history of the dreaded tome. The Necronomicon Files is an incredibly comprehensive guide to the Necronomicon that covers all aspects, legends, and factual history surrounding this nefarious book. From a complete history of the book as it evolved in the Cthulhu mythos started by Lovecraft and continued by others, to contemporary editions now available to the public. From appearances and references in movies and other media, to the actual magical concepts behind the fictional and published Necronomicon variants. Much more than just a dry, factual account, Harms's and Gonce's deep knowledge in their respective fields of interest bring the history and continuing influence of the Necronomicon alive with wit and verve. Humorous and intriguing, this compassionate examination of the Necronomicon is a thorough repudiation of the myths surrounding it, yet preserves much of the romance and fascination associated with the legend. Book jacket.

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User Review  - overtheseatoskye - LibraryThing

Having at one time kicked around the idea of writing a book about the Necronomicon mythos, I know just how monumental a task the authors have done here, and done well. An excellent example of occult history. Read full review


Many a Quaint and Curious Volume
Evaluating Necronomicon Rumors
The Evolution of Sorcery A Brief History

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Daniel Harms is an anthropologist who studies magic in modern society. He is the author of the award-winning Encyclopedia Cthuliana, a guide to the Cthulhu mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and other authors, and is the keeper of the official Cthulhu Mythos website. He lives in Pittsburgh.

John Wisdom Gonce III is a Neo-Pagan and practicing occultist who occasionally works with law enforcement on occult-related crimes and also counsels victims of destructive cults. He is a Reiki master and professional jouster on the Renaissance Fair circuit. He lives in Nashville.

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