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The Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind Lovecraft's Legend

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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 been 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 ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Weiser Books (first published October 1st 1998)
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Timothy Mayer
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
To go into the history of the Necronomicon would take up more space than I care to use. Besides, the authors of The Necronomicon Files, Daniel Harms and John Gonce, have done a far better job than I could ever dream. Suffice it to say that the Necronomicon was a book of ancient magick which the writer HP Lovecraft used as a theme in many of his horror stories which he wrote in the 1920's and 30's. Although it never existed in material form, Lovecraft referred to it often enough that many people ...more
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hi-lo-culture
What do you mean the Necronomicon is not real?! But I bought one bound in Human Flesh on Ebay... F#*$^@k.
Richard Hands
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a strange hotch-potch of a book, which betrays the fact that the two writers appear to have wildly differing ideas and interests. Daniel Harms provides a potted history of the Necronomicon, its creation and gestation by Lovecraft and his writing circle, and how it has been received down through the years. John Gonce is of a different ilk altogether - a practicing magician himself and apparently (I mean I didn't check up, but he sounded convincing) knowledgable about Sumerian culture, he ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it it was ok

"Only vistas eh?"
Not as good as I thought it would be.
Spends way too long on the "Simon" and not enough on anything else, even the Mythos stuff isn't covered in the depth I wanted.
The title should replace the word "Lovecraft" with "Simon" and you'd have a more honest text.
Also, the blurb says this is a scholarly look at the
Not really.
While some chapters are very well ref'd others have a list repeating personal email/conversation as the
Brian Hollingsworth
Well researched and annotated, Necronomicon Files is an odd little book I read over a cold winter's week in a haunted dormitory over Christmas Break at the turn of the Millenium. It mainly explores the pop cultural effect of Lovecraft's body of weird tales. It consists of a series of essays discussing such things as the phantom history of Lovecraft's Necronimcon, its effects on the magical community, hoaxes of its existence and speculation as to the source of Lovecraft's inspiration for the ...more
I had a first edition signed copy. But, alas it is gone now.
Holy crapola this one took a looooooooong time for me to get through.

And that’s because for a lot of co-author John Wisdom Gonce III’s stuff…. I just couldn’t bring myself to care.

Now, that probably sounds kind of harsh. I hate for it to be, because I found some of his chapters and content interesting and educational (for a person with casual interest but not much knowledge in occult matters). But there are whole chapters devoted to him picking apart the minutiae of how the historical info in
Shadow N
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and insightful work regarding the Necronomicon and it's origins and appearance in different forms of entertainment and as a grimoire (book of magic), interesting example of how an idea that starts as a lie or fiction can become an established "truth" thru word of mouth, repetition of concept (that becomes a constructed ideal in the minds of people) and the lack of research by the individual buying the ideal, can lead to acceptance of a popular ideal accepted by the masses that ...more
Wayne Porter
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Harms and Gonce have put together one of the best researched tomes on the Necronomicon that I have found. It covers the Cthulu inspired mythos from H.P. Lovecraft to its uses by Aleister Crowley and other occultists.

It digs into the many frauds (e.g. the "Simon" Necronomicon) their creation, propogation and impact. The book is peppered with dry yet witty comments from the authors that at times border on hysterical. The material covers not only the Necronomicon but deconstructs appearances in
Look, folks, the Necronomicon is not real. Get over it. It does not exist locked behind the doors of secret collections in the world's most elite research libraries. It does not exist as an ethereal, mystic, akashic library. And this book sets the record straight by tracking down the origins of several of the texts that purport to be the Real Necronomicon.

It was the product of Lovecraft's imagination.
Mark Singer
Well-researched dissertation on how H. P. Lovecraft invented the Necronomicon, and more importantly, how the legend of this fictional work has spread both during and after his life. A good antidote to those who claim that the book is "real".
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Daniel Harms is a writer, author and librarian living in upstate New York.

Harms is best known for the books The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana: A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror (which won an Origins Special Achievement Award), The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia, The Necronomicon Files (co-authored with John Wisdom Gonce III), and The Long-Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire.

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