January 10, 2006

Necronomicon

Calling CthulhuI just took this picture because I thought it was funny, and I don’t know why, but I thought Brian, B.O.B. and Bull would get a kick out of it.

Someone has reserved a copy of the Necronomicon at Borders.

(Can you spot the spine? If not, just click on the image and see a bigger version on Flickr)

I used to have this very same volume (same edition, the Simon Necronomicon) but a friend (Sean) borrowed it in College and I never saw it again after that. I didn’t mind losing it too much, because it was basically a big goof.

To quote the Wikipedia entry:

The Necronomicon was first mentioned in Lovecraft’s 1923 short story “The Hound”, though hints of it (or similar books) appear as far back as “The Statement of Randolph Carter” (1919). In the stories, the book is dangerous to read because it is often harmful to the health and sanity of its readers. For this reason, libraries keep it under lock and key.

Capitalizing on the notoriety of the fictional tome, real-life publishers have printed many books entitled Necronomicon since Lovecraft’s death.

It was goofy fun when we were teenagers, although my friends have better stories about exploits involving the Necronomicon than I have.

Been a while since I read any Lovecraft.

Posted by James at January 10, 2006 11:30 AM
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I just read the spine of the book. Quick! What phase is the moon in?!? ;-)

Posted by: briwei at January 11, 2006 11:37 AM

More importantly, what side of the road were you on!!!??

Posted by: James at January 11, 2006 12:01 PM

Gah, can't see comments. Sometimes posting helps. Ignore this.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at January 11, 2006 3:06 PM

Black spine with white letters, just right of center? I have no clue what any of this "Necromominonimum" means, but I think the moon is waxing, nearly three quarters.

Posted by: TCR at January 11, 2006 10:27 PM

It's just some silly stuff from our youth. "The Necronomicon" is an ancient spell book (which is neither ancient nor authentic) we had a good time joking about it. Lots of funny symbols and incantations in Sumerian. Really "spooky."

We were fans of the author H.P. Lovecraft, and he mentions the tome in some of his stories.

And, we knew peopel who were really worried about what would happen if you read aloud from the book...

Posted by: James at January 12, 2006 8:39 AM

It wasn't always like this... I had a real life, once. A job. I had a wonderful girlfriend, Linda. Together we drove to a small cabin in the mountains. It seems an archaeologist had come to this remote place to translate and study his latest find: Necronomicon ex Mortis, the Book of the Dead. Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, this ancient Sumarrian text contained bizarre burial rites, funerary incantations and demon resurrection passages. It was never meant for the world of the living. The book awoke something dark in the woods. It took Linda, and then it came, for me. It got into my hand and it went bad, so I lopped it off at the wrist. But that didn't stop it. It came back. Big time.

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 12, 2006 9:04 AM

Chuck is quoting from one of our favorite stupid movies. "The Army of Darkness" - otherwise known as "Evil Dead 3." A Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell concoction.

Obviously, they had some fun whit the Necronomicon as well.

Posted by: James at January 12, 2006 9:17 AM

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