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Necronomicon: 31st Anniversary Edition Hardcover – December 1, 2008
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It wasn't written to fool you, it's just for fun! So you can say "I have a copy of the Necronomicon!" It's a prop! It's not a hoax, it's not a religious text, it's not a "real" grimoire.
It does, however, read like a "real" hermetic, enochian, or kabbahlistic spellbook. Many of the same themes are present, the seals and gates correspond directly to the kabbahlistic sephiroth, for instance.
The two main differences here are.
1. The Sumerian pantheon is used instead of a Hebrew or Greek pantheon
2. The books is much darker and forboding. The reason for spellcasting here is not to advance in your workplace or get a new lover, as in most modern "real" spellbooks, instead it is supposed to be used to gain power from the "Elder Gods" (the good guys) to keep "The Ancient Ones" from destroying the mortal world.
The beggining and ending written by "The Mad Arab" are a great homage to Lovecraft. This is for entertainment.
If you like the way you get scared reading Lovecraft's stories, you might like to read this book. If you love occult sigils you will love this book. If you're writting horror or fantasy stories, you might find this book useful as inspiration. If you want to learn a bit about Sumerian mythology (you know, MARDUK, slayer of TIAMAT, and all that), there's some of that in the introduction too.
I really enjoyed this book.
Actually the "real" Necronomicon is "The Egyptian Book of the Dead" which is a pretty complete translation of hieroglyphs from the papyrus of ANI which, written about 1500 - 1400 BCE. and aquired by the British Museum in 1888. This book won't give you magic powers either, but it's an authentic religious text.
All though this is noted as being a revised edition, the only new inclusion I spotted was yet another introduction from Simon. All (three!) previous introductions are also included here as well as the pronunciation guide, additions to the 777 tables etc. All texts appear in this volume exactly as they have in every other edition starting (and ending) with the testimomy and continuing to the attributes of the Zonei, Entrance, Gates, MAKLU text, 50 names, MAGAN and URILLA texts etc. It's all here and all very well presented. Some of the interior art designs have been modified (not the sigals of course) giving the book a more subdued feel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting book, posing as the Necronomicon that HP Lovecraft used in his short stories. It is a snall paperback however, not a larger book.Published 2 months ago by Randy A. Hayes
This edition is well written. Makes the info on Lovecraft stories come alive!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is a very nice communication piece weather the magick of the book is real or not one can't say, I can say when people come to our home and see that n the coffee table they... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Samael
Very nice. Though I wish the text was more stylized and the paper inside was more aged not textbook like. But still very neat.Published 3 months ago by Mike
Has extra information regarding ancient Sumeria that I forgot was in there, glad I bought my own copyPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer