Does The Necronomicon Exist?
Throw a rock on the Internet, and odds are you’ll come across some site or another claiming that they have spells from the Necronomicon, or that their coven uses it, or that they know a curse that was retrieved from it.
It’s been in popular culture as the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis in the Evil Dead series, it shows up in the Friday the 13th franchise, and there are at least nine published volumes that either claim they are the real thing or are “based on” the cursed book.
And yet, most of the people who claim to use it don’t know what the book is, or if it even is a book at all. Here’s the skinny on this terrible tome.
Introduction To The Necronomicon
The Necronomicon is the name of a fictitious book that contains the account of the Great Old Ones, entities from deep space who came to Earth long, long before mankind was even conceived. It is primarily referenced in the works of the famous horror fiction author Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
In his mythos, the Necronomicon is so evil that reading portions of it might cause people to go mad. It was written, as the stories go, by “the Mad Arab Abdul Al-Hazred,” more than a millennia ago, and contains the secrets to summoning the Old Ones back to life, in particular the Great Cthulhu.
Lovecraft states countless times that his book is fictitious, and it showed up for the first time in history referenced in his story “The Hound” in 1924. It was never referenced before and was completely fabricated by the author to have a plot point in his books.
Is The Necronomicon A Hoax?
That’s right – I’m sorry to inform you, but the paperback on the bookstore shelf with the glossy cover and the illustration of a black skull on the front is not a reprinting of some ancient book of power, nor is it a reprint of any even vaguely defined book at all.
All that book will be is an attempt to cash in on Lovecraft’s posthumous popularity in the literary world by catching the attention of the gullible.
If you want to read books that are ancient and which may have power and ways to summon old things, then direct your attention to the 15th-century book Clavicula Salomonis, known in English as the Key of Solomon, and its later derivative work Clavicula Salomonis Regis, the Lesser Key of Solomon.
These books are actual grimoires that talk about typical Renaissance-style sorcery, and you’ll be certain to find more occult in one of those books than in a thousand copies of any book that claims to be the Necronomicon.