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Having already written a "translation" of H.P. Lovecraft's imaginary book of occult lore, the Necronomicon, Tyson (Necronomicon: The Wanderings of Alhazred) takes fictional homage one step further with this "autobiography" of the forbidden tome's author, the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred. Maimed and cast out into the desert for carnal indiscretions with the king's daughter, young Abdul takes up with a group of ghouls and travels to the fabled Nameless City. Under the tutelage of Nyarlathotep, the messenger of the monstrous Great Old Ones, he learns unspeakable necromantic secrets and has fantastic adventures based on Lovecraft's stories. This embellished Arabian Nights fantasy is targeted largely at Lovecraft fans, some of whom will likely balk at a pastiche nearly as long as Lovecraft's complete collected fiction. (July)
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About the Author

Donald Tyson (Nova Scotia, Canada) is an occult scholar and the author of the popular, critically acclaimed Necronomicon series. He has written more than a dozen books on Western esoteric traditions. Visit him online at DonaldTyson.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Necronomicon Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738708925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738708928
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading the first several chapters of _Alhazred_, I put the book down and almost didn't pick it back up again. The writing was decent, and Tyson had obviously spent a lot of time in historical research (as well as Lovecraftian), but I just wasn't sure where the book was going.

However, I did pick it back up again -- and I'm glad I did. In my opinion, the book got stronger as it went along. I disagree with another reviewer's comment that Alhazred ends up as a "likable rogue" -- I'm not sure how that applies to someone who craves decaying human flesh, who breaks his word and lies through his teeth, who casually causes the death of many people (cf. the escape from the gypsy camp), including children -- or for that matter, who leaves a painful (and possibly fatal) surprise in the jewelry box of a certain princess. Han Solo is a likable rogue; Alhazred is a self-consumed monster barely connected to the human race. Heck, compared to Alhazred, Hannibal Lecter almost qualifies as a likable rogue.

And yet by the end of the book, Tyson makes him fascinating, understandable, and even a bit sympathetic. That, in the end, is what impressed me about this book. _Alhazred_ isn't really a horror novel (hence some of the disappointed reviews); it's a 'historical' novel about a fictional character who happens to end up writing (or compiling) the Necronomicon. And when I was done, I was sorry to see the book come to a close.

Here's hoping a sequel is in the works. ..bruce..
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Based on Tyson's fabulous 2004 release Necronomicon: The Wanderings of Alhazred, this book is a first-person account of the life of young necromancer Alhazred. The material does not come off quite as frightening or disturbing as the previous work, but more of a dark Arabian Nights-ish tale that is entertaining nevertheless. The book is long, and is filled with love-affairs with djinn, murder, deception, eldritch creatures, chases across the desert, and encounters with the Old Ones themselves. It is definitely worth the read.
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In Lovecraft's stories there's very little about the character of Alhazred beyond his nickname and a one paragraph summation of his life, so an entire Lovecraftian book, especially one so large, dedicated to him might seem a little odd. However, Tyson stays true to the source material and does a great job fleshing out what makes Alhazred seem so sinister and insane. Driven by his quest to make himself whole after being mutilated by the King of Sa'ana, he no longer cares about anyone else or what he has to do to get the occult knowledge to restore his missing body parts. And he does quite a few unsavory and deceitful things...

Alhazred isn't a horror book or a scary book like Lovercraft's brooding stories of primeval, nameless horrors from outer space. But it is a terrific story of occult adventures through Medieval Middle East and great character development.

The only quibble I have with the book is the sheer amount of minutia when it comes to describing what the characters do. I'm not sure if I really need to know of every time Alhazred or his accidental companion Martala need to relieve themselves or how long they slept and what they dreamed every time they went to bed.

Still, this level of detail does make the reader feel as if he is Alhazred and is going through every step of his bizarre experiences. And how he becomes accustomed to the warmth of Martala's body next to his and how he takes care of her gives an otherwise cruel, cold and careless character a small sliver of humanity.
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Awesome book if you enjoy the mythos, will make this briefer than I'd personally like so I don't bore/wall of text you blind and spoil half of it for you, but will add a few points.

Huge book, have a friend hold it for you while you read or your arm will half fall off like mine nearly did (probably from forgetting I was holding it as I became too engrossed with it almost instantly). It's more like 4 or 5 smaller novels all bound together into the pertinent life stories of how this fellow (you never learn his real name) becomes and grows into the Mad Monk Abdul Alhazred. This author's take on it anyhow, done well within the mythos and suitably dark, although not perfectly Lovecraftian since there's a glimmer of hope throughout. Which doesn't ruin it.
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HP Lovecraft/Clive Barker/H Rider Haggard/Arabian nights/Egyptology/Sindbad voyages and Indiana Jones. These all came to my mind as I was reading this 'once in decade publish type' of book. What a wonderful book! The book is in first person naration. this is more of horror/fanatsy/adventure type of the book and due to some eating habits and some physical diffrences I can not sritctly call him Indiana Jones! I read some short storiess by HP Lovecraft but you do not have to. You can read this on its own. with proper marketing this book can create wonder. Now this is 650 + pages but it is not slow. If you want to read one horror/fantasy book this year- read this... period...!
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Donald Tyson is a well respected magician, post-theologian, thinker and creative artist from Canada. He is the author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction related to or based upon occult themes. In this novel (which is a companion piece to his "Necronomicon") he tells the in-depth biographical life story and adventures of Alhazred, the mystical author of the afore-mentioned blasphemous tome: The Necronomicon. Readers familiar with the modern day mythology which was spawned by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, American horror writer and "amateur" poet and critic, will be delighted at the great level of depth this knowledge will cast upon the events of the novel. Those, however, UNFAMILIAR with the Cthulhu Mythos of Lovecraft and other writers will still derive great enjoyment from this non-stop thrill ride! A few things struck me about Donald Tyson's "Alhazred": the writing puts you at-the-scene. The rhythm and pacing of this work is so masterful as to be downright eerie. In semiotics, the study of the sign and signification, great emphasis is placed upon such subtleties as - how long it takes you to read a paragraph versus how much time of the story that paragraph conveys, or... how much connotation is available in a given symbolic device in a story, and how much rhetorical space the story gives you to process such symbolism, or... recurring patterns of sign systems where with each successive instance of appearance an added layer to an over-all significatory puzzle or meta-poetry embedded in the text is achieved, etc. This author achieves such novelistic "special-effects" with ease and aplomb, the novel wears its erudite, literature-friendly cast with ease.Read more ›
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