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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Necronomicon by Simon. The Necronomicon by Simon ,. Peter Levenda Goodreads Author. Abdul Alhazred. The Simon Necronomicon is a purported grimoire written by an unknown author, with an introduction by a man identified only as "Simon" a possible alias of Peter Levenda.
Materials presented in the book are a blend of ancient Middle Eastern mythological elements, with allusions to the writings of H. Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley, woven together with a story about a man k The Simon Necronomicon is a purported grimoire written by an unknown author, with an introduction by a man identified only as "Simon" a possible alias of Peter Levenda.
Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley, woven together with a story about a man known as the "Mad Arab" itself derived from several stories by Lovecraft.
The book was originally released in by Schlangekraft, Inc. Levenda did acknowledge working on the book with Simon. Ian Punnett made a reference to interviewing "Simon" and mentioned similarities with Peter Levenda and asked Peter to "say hello to Simon for him, next time he saw him", to which Peter laughed and said that he would. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by Avon first published More Details Original Title.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Necronomicon. May 06, Forrest rated it it was ok. Well, this was written. When I was a teenage wannabe Satanist, I shoplifted this and was very disappointed that this was all I got for my petty theft. Hey, don't judge - it seemed really appropriate at the time!
I was bored before I even began. View all 17 comments. Mar 26, Gabriel rated it did not like it Shelves: craphat. Damn love spell didn't work, fucking piece of shit book. View all 8 comments. Jan 03, Chris rated it did not like it. When you enroll in Pagan Worship at the local community college perhaps the only class I actually attended this promising-looking volume is thrust upon you and heralded as the True Testament of the gods.
It might be just as When you enroll in Pagan Worship at the local community college perhaps the only class I actually attended this promising-looking volume is thrust upon you and heralded as the True Testament of the gods. Well, while facing and sorting the shelves one night while working at Waldenbooks in my teens, lo and behold I stumbled across this tome, the name of which is oft-whispered throughout the realms of geekdom.
So taken aback by this stunning discovery, I actually pulled my gaze from the exquisite derriere of an intriguing and relatively hot kinda-goth coworker named Amelia.
The fucking Necronomicon! What else could your typical, barely-sociable, angst-fueled teenager come across that could possibly be more alluring than a scrumptious posterior: nothing. Fast forward about 6 years; the Necronomicon had sat on my bookshelf for about 5 years and 10 months of that time.
But that was the pitiful extent of its awesomeness. And at that point, one of my pals who was currently sporting a ridiculously huge mullet borrowed the thing, and it was gone for several years, during which time he managed to drop it while taking a bath.
But about 10 years after the initial purchase, the tome had returned. About the only thing you can garner from this preposterous crap is the ability to immediately recognize the poseur Pagans from the real deal.
They sit silently behind you on the train, harboring a festering hatred of all mankind from growing up shunned due to their lisp and laze eye, they linger around an eerily long time in parking lots, and rent out Public Storage lockers where they ritualistically slay the unsuspecting and weak. For these reasons, I officially converted to sun worship about a week after I first read the book; getting out of the realm of the whack and back to some sensible religious roots.
View all 19 comments. Dec 20, Jon Nakapalau rated it liked it. Read this book as part of a class in criminal justice that dealt with Satanism and cult behavior. Seemed pretty confused to me - kind of borrowed from lots of sources and then threw everything in one bowl of 'occult salad' with lots of H. Lovecraft 'dressing'. View all 5 comments. Good for a laugh, but not particularly intriguing even from a historical or educational standpoint.
Gotta love the Satanic Panic 80's neon on the Eighties Avon edition cover, though! A good portion of this book is taken up by its intro, and I didn't really find its "Mad Arab" story to be very interesting. It's a very personal thing when it comes to religious and spiritual texts. One thing I think can safely be said in its criticism is that The Necronomicon is very gimmicky. Marketed as if it's some dangerous and forbidden artifact from an evil magician's castle in the forest when really it was something I ordered on eBay, its enigma is quickly shattered by its own ironic design and publication.
It might thrill a few rebellious teenagers looking to piss off their parents or teachers, but I'd venture to guess most grown adults won't get a lot out of it, and that those actually in the habit of practising black magic wouldn't be using such a rather limited book to do it. That the Gods may not err, this Power was given to oversee their activities, should they be lawful and within the nature of the Covenant, for the Gods are forgetful, and very far away.
Fun stuff. Who wants to help me summon an Elder God? Jul 26, Nicholas Kaufmann rated it did not like it. This book is baloney. I can't believe I wasted my money on it. I cast every spell in its pages and nothing-- Wait. What's that noise? A clawlike hand at the window! View 2 comments. Aug 22, Saskia rated it it was ok Shelves: owned. Did not go insane. Severely disappointed. Nov 27, Bailey Fernandez rated it really liked it Shelves: magic.
I think a lot of people are approaching this book wrong. It's such an obvious homage to Lovecraft that I'm surprised that it's even a question for anyone, let alone that people would get offended over it not being real.
Now whether you like this is a completely different person. Considering that, this book was right up my alley. And the lack of definitive authorship helped immerse me in this bizarre universe of Sumerian gods and forces beyond the comprehension of man quite nicely.
If you like Lovecraft's fiction, you will probably really enjoy this. It really proves to be a nice companion read, and the way the mythology is put together is really artful and creative. If you're looking to get revenge on your high school sweetheart, maybe see a therapist instead.
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