New England ... 1927 - William Stanton is visited by a friend from his childhood, Edgar Wycherley, who hands him a strange pyramid shaped object and begs him not to show it to anyone, not even him if he asks for it. As William delves into the mysteries of this object and the reasons why his friend gave it to him, he discovers that Edgar was somehow involved in the occult and that the entire world may be at risk.
- "Некрономикон" -- Russian spelling
- "Necronomicon : L'Aube des ténèbres" -- French title
- "Necronomicon: The Gateway to Beyond" -- European/Canadian title
- "Necronomicon: Swit Ciemnosci" -- Polish title
- "Necronomicon: El alba de las tinieblas" -- Spanish title
- "Necronomicon: Die Dämmerung der Dunkelheit" -- German PSX title
- "Necronomicon: Das Mysterium der Dämmerung" -- German Windows title
- "Necronomicon" -- Italian title
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The Necronomicon, aka "Al Azif" or Book of the Dead is one of the world's most famous grimoires (extremely sought after books whose very existence could be nothing but a myth). It's existance has been popularized mainly by H.P. Lovecraft's fictional works, in which he characterizes the book as the work of "The mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred, and describes it as a compendium of black magic that deals mostly with the summoning and contact with supernatural (and extremely evil) forces.
While H.P. Lovecraft's version is the most widely known one, and the one most people refer to when discussing it, it's not the only account of the book, and several other myths and versions surround it related to ancient asian and middle eastern lore. There are several accounts that predate Lovecraft's work, which are in turn pointed at by his detractors as the source of his ramblings (tough Lovecraft acknowledges his work as fiction he has stated repeatedly that the book does indeed exist). These mention most prominently a book "written by non-human hands" and whose reading causes irremediable madness among other things.
The book itself is said to be a large tome and often found on stands made of human bones in European lore, tough it is difficult to track the evolution of it's myth through the ages as it is often confused with other legends and mixed in the same bag as satanism, wicca and general occultism. The book's name nonetheless has remained an underground fixture since the early 20th century and has been picked up by several other artists such as painter H.R. Giger, who has published a series of "illustrated" Necronomicons and even motion pictures such as in "The Mummy" (vaguely) and Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" trilogy of movies in which the book plays a major role.
As per Lovecraft's accounts few copies of the books still exist, and he names one kept by a secret society of scholars in England, another housed in a Tibetan temple and a third one buried in the archives of the public library of Buenos Aires, Argentina. These accounts are partially supported by diverse sources and other copies of the book are rumored to exist somewhere around there.... Check your attic!