Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind Lovecraft's Legend

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Weiser Books, Jul 1, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 342 pages
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What if a book existed that gave answers to everything you've ever wondered about? What would you do to learn its secrets? Tales of such books have abounded for millennia and are legend in occult history. One of the most pervasive modern iterations is that of the Necronomicon, said to be a genuine occult text from the 8th century. The Necronomicon really is the creation of science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft (1891-1937), in whose books the magic volume first appears in print. In The Necronomicon Files two occult authorities explore all aspects of The Necronomicon, from its first appearance in Lovecraft's fiction to its ongoing pervasive appearance in cult and occult circles.

The Necronomicon Files, revised and expanded further, reveals the hoax of the Necronomicon. Harms and Gonce show that the apocryphal history of the Necronomicon was concocted by Lovecraft to lend it verisimilitude in his fiction. The magical text was transformed into an icon among Lovecraft's literary circle, who added to the book's legend by referring to it in their own writing. People became convinced that it was a real book and its references in literature and film continue to grow. The book also examines what people have undergone to find the Necronomicon and the cottage industry that has arisen over the past three decades to supply the continuing demand for a book that does not exist.

Scholarly yet accessible, humorous and intriguing, The Necronomicon Files illuminates the depth of the creative process and the transformations of modern myth, while still managing to preserve much of the romance and fascination that surrounds the Necronomicon in our culture.

 

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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

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Those looking for the original International Guild of Occult Sciences edition, can find it at guildofoccultsciences.weebly.com and in a google search using the complete name.

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Daniel Harms holds two masters' degrees, one in anthropology and one in library and information science. His major area of research is magic from antiquity to the present, and he has been published in the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic and the Journal of Scholarly Publishing. Harms is also the author of two books on horror fiction and folklore. Visit him online at DanHarms.wordpress.com.

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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