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Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon (Necronomicon Series) Paperback – July 8, 2006
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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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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..
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everybody loves the spooky story of the mad Arab. Looked everywhere for the book and am very happy with the condition and every detail of the buy. Five stars are earned herePublished 1 month ago by Anthony
I really enjoyed this book. Lovecraftian mythos has always fascinated me, and Tyson's depiction of Alhazred was absolutely enthralling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rune
Easily my favorite Lovecraft adaptation. I only wish there was more.Published 4 months ago by Amberizzle
This is a great book with a "hard to put down" element! I am reading it again. For such a long book (667 pages) it reads and flows terrifically. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel
Awesome book! I had a great time reading this account of the wanderings of the "Mad Arab" Reminded me of the fun I had reading R.E. Howard as a kid. Highly recommended. Read morePublished 8 months ago by thomas
ehh, good story, if u already know about the older stories, totally twists it, good story thoPublished 13 months ago by Alaina
A must read! It's a but graphic, but a page turner. I don't want to give anything away, so just try it. I promise you won't be disappointed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by m kost
It's a very good read. It's 600 + pages but it's worth it.Published 17 months ago by Christopher Millan