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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: 10 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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It feels like there are several stories all woven together so that it constantly has your attention.
J. Brookins
It's not going to be that for most people, it just happened to fall into my hands at the exact time I needed a book like that.
JEZ
I would recommend reading the "Necronomicon: The Wandering of Alhazred" by the same author before this book however.
Nicholas Grohs

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bruce F. Webster on April 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Jene on August 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike Raymond on July 10, 2006
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I am not sure what book the other reviewer read, because I found it to be well written and filled with images of horror and mutilation on a deeply psychological level. This is not the in your face splatter pulp of recent generations. It makes you use the faculties of your own troubled mind to generate the fear and terror. It does not deliver it all on a silver platter for the lazy mind to waft away. A very nice companion to Mr. Tysons Necronomicon. There was only one problem that prevented me from giving five stars.. My copy jumps from page 44 to page 141.. A tad difficult to read, but all in all a very good tome...
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J X on February 11, 2007
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LP on April 21, 2009
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This book was really great. I enjoyed the development of the main character and his interactions with other beings. However, two complaints:

1. This author really likes poop. Be prepared to read at least two paragraphs every chapter about someone going to the bathroom. There were really only two occasions where this was really needed. I'll refrain from spoiling it at all, but lets just say, very early on in the book I started wondering how he was going to pee.

2. This book ended abruptly. Nothing is really resolved, there are tons of loose ends. I feel almost like there should at least have been a epilogue, but any die hard Lovecraft fan already knows how it "ends."

In short, read this book if you're curious about Alhazred. I think Tyson is faithful to the mythos and also includes a few of his own gems (Spoiler Alert: I was pretty impressed with how he included the Ark of the Covenant).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg F. on July 9, 2008
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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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