The Simon Necronomicon - Dark Magick Grimoire
The Book of Dead Names
The word Necronomicon means "Book of Dead Names" and was used as a plot device in several horror stories written by fiction author H.P. Lovecraft (1890 - 1937) Lovecraft himself denied the actual existence of a real life Necronomicon, stating that he had simply made it up. In 1977 we see a book calling itself the Necronomicon being published. This has become a very popular book, being found in most large bookstores in the Avon paperback edition to this day. This 1997 book has become known to us as the Simon Necronomicon, as the editor(s) went by the pseudonym Simon. This lens is intended to explore the whole phenomenon that is the Simon Necronomicon. Check back occasionally as this is an ongoing project and new additions will be made here and there.
The Mad Arab
"This is the testimony of all that I have seen, and all that I have learned....For this is the Book of the Dead, the Book of the Black Earth, that I have writ down at the peril of my life."
The Necronomicon - The "Simon" Version
The most popular grimoire calling itself the "Necronomicon." The author is purported to be Abdul Alhazred, aka the "Mad Arab" and it is edited by "Simon." It is been claimed that Simon is actually a group of people, however the only individual that has openly admitted participation is author Peter Levenda.
The Descent of Ishtar - Featured Video
Jeremy Crow tells the old Babylonian myth of Ishtar's descent into the underworld in his own words. This is one of the stories that is also retold and elaborated upon in the Simon Necronomicon in ritual dramatic form.
Necronomicon Related Books by "Simon"
If you would like to make a more in depth study of the Necronomicon edited by Simon, these other related books by the same editor(s) may be of great value.
Beautiful hardcover edition of this enigmatic magickal grimoire.
The 50 name of Marduk and how to summon each aspect of this Jupiterian god of Babylon for profit and pleasure.
The Planetary Spheres of the Simon Necronomicon and how to travel to the various heavens through arcane "Gates."
Simon goes into detail regarding how the Greek manuscript of this dark magickal guide came into their hands and what happened with it afterwards. The official history of the grimoire by Simon.
Is the Simon Necronomicon a Valid Grimoire? - Visitor Poll
There is a lot of talk regarding whether the Simon Necronomicon (or any other Necromonicon, for that matter) regarding whether it was genuine or if it was something fabricated by people inspired by the horror fiction of author H.P. Lovecraft. Regardless of whether it was written before or after H.P. Lovecraft started describing it in his stories, the question remains:
Is the Simon Necronomicon actually useful to sincere occult practitioners?
Dark History of the Necronomicon - Tracy Twyman interviews Peter Levenda
This sequence of YouTube videos presents a very interesting interview with Peter Levenda on how the Necronomicon was obtained and how it came into print. He also fields questions about the identify of Simon. If you are interested in the official history of the Simon Necronomicon, this interview is definitely something you're going to want to check out. To find out more about occult researcher Tracy Twyman, visit her site: QuintessentialPublications.com/Twyman/
The Unexplainable Couplet of Abdul Alhazred
That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.
The Necronomicon in Lovecraft's Stories - Read These Lovecraft Stories Online
The following is a chronological list of horror stories written by Howard Phillips Lovecraft that make reference to the Necronomicon. Each of these links will bring you to the online text of the story if you are interested in reading it. These stories are all in Public Domain and are available free online for your enjoyment.
- The Nameless City
'The Nameless City' by H. P. Lovecraft (1921)
- The Hound
'The Hound' by H. P. Lovecraft (1922)
- The Festival
'The Festival' by H. P. Lovecraft (1923)
- The Descendant
'The Descendant' by H. P. Lovecraft (1926)
- The Call of Cthulhu
'The Call of Cthulhu' by H. P. Lovecraft (1926)
- The Last Test
'The Last Test' by H. P. Lovecraft and Adolphe de Castro (1927) Note: In this story, Lovecraft invented the Arabic title "Al Azif" for the Necronomicon.
- The History of the Necronomicon
'The History of the Necronomicon' by H. P. Lovecraft (1927) Note: While not strictly a horror story, this short piece of fiction was written by Lovecraft to encourage the mythos of the Necronomicon, which he continued to use as a literary device. It
- The Dunwich Horror
'The Dunwich Horror' by H. P. Lovecraft (1928)
- Medusa's Coil
'Medusa's Coil' by H. P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop (1930)
- The Whisperer in Darkness
'The Whisperer in Darkness' by H. P. Lovecraft (1930)
- At the Mountains of Madness
'At the Mountains of Madness' by H. P. Lovecraft (1931)
- The Dreams in the Witch House
'The Dreams in the Witch House' by H. P. Lovecraft (1932)
- The Horror in the Museum
'The Horror in the Museum' by H. P. Lovecraft (1932)
- Through the Gates of the Silver Key
'Through the Gates of the Silver Key' by H. P. Lovecraft (1933)
- Out of the Aeons
'Out of the Aeons' by H. P. Lovecraft (1933)
- The Thing on the Doorstep
'The Thing on the Doorstep' by H. P. Lovecraft (1933)
- The Shadow out of Time
'The Shadow out of Time' by H. P. Lovecraft (1935)
- The Diary of Alonzo Typer
'The Diary of Alonzo Typer' by H. P. Lovecraft and William Lumley (1935)
- The Haunter of the Dark
'The Haunter of the Dark' by H. P. Lovecraft (1935)
Unholy Alliance - by Peter Levenda
Peter Levenda is the only person who has come out publicly to say that he was involved with the publication of the Simon Necronomicon. While he denies allegations that he alone is "Simon", he has indicated that "Simon" is actually a group of individuals.
"Unholy Alliance explores the disturbing area of unreal-estate where Nazism and Occultism meet. Not only does Levenda discuss the occult roots of Nazism, as some other books have done, but he does actual investigative journalism into contemporary outposts of Nazism. One tense account of his visit to a South American Nazi compound opens the book. Most likely of interest to those reading this Lens, Levenda also discusses the Fascist elements that could be found within the Temple of Set (ToS) at various times and even the magickal working the head of that organization performed in an old SS meeting chamber in Germany. This book is an excellent read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is curious about the subject." - Jeremy Crow
Politics and Religion - Sinister Forces series by Peter Levenda
If you are interested in checking out other books by author Peter Levenda, check out his Sinister Forces series. These books all deal with the interaction of politics and religion as well as getting into some of the more mystical, esoteric and occult elements.
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