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The Necronomicon or Book of The Dead  The Strange

Information regarding The Necronomicon or The Book of The Dead is a bit confusing.  The reason for this, is that it is so rare that people doubt it's existence.  For years many people thought that The Necronomicon was an invention from the mind of writer H.P. Lovecraft.  Lovecraft claimed to have a copy of The Necronomicon in his possession, Further, Lovecraft used The Necronomicon to build some of his stories around.

The Necronomicon of writer H.P. Lovecraft seems to be a bit different than the real thing.
The Center for Arabic sciences has in their possession a copy of the original manuscript and has been working of an English translation for quite some time.  Their work is almost finished, so soon we will have an accurate and reliable translation to read.

The story of The Necronomicon takes us back to what was probably the oldest established city in the entire world, Damascus, in the Middle East.  The year was 730 AD.  A man named Abdul Alhazred, who was a translator, a traveler and also a bit of a hermit or "mountain man", wrote The Necronomicon.   The Necronomicon is made up of seven volumes which contain a total of almost 1000 pages.  There is a Latin copy of the manuscript or rather, part of the manuscript printed in 1483.  But the original manuscript that this book was translated from is of unknown origin, so we can't be sure that it was translated from an actual copy of The Necronomicon; it could have been something else entirely.   There is no original Arabic manuscript except for the one that was found by The Center for Arabic Sciences.

At this point it is important to note that The Necronomicon is NOT a book to be used by sorcerers or necromancers in which to cast spells, invoke spirits or conjure demons.  It is only a historical book that attempted to keep records of all of the noteworthy dead people before 730 AD.   And even claiming that The Necronomicon is a historical document is pushing the limits.  The author of The Necronomicon used a good deal of hard drugs while he was writing it, so The Necronomicon may well be nothing more than an ancient drug induced fantasy.  The Necronomicon's significance as a book of history is widely disputed among modern day historians.  Most say that it lacks reliable references to the history of the dead men that it proclaims within it's pages.  Further, The Necronomicon is lacking of consistency and often breaks off of it's subjects into strange avenues and unrelated events.  So much so, that many believe that the author was either a mad man, or someone  heavily influenced by phsycotropic substances.

What we now have to date is only a portion of a translated manuscript, the origin of which is completely unknown.  This was translated from Latin to archaic English.  This is believed by many to be at least a small part of the actual Necronomicon but may indeed be nothing of the sort.
We have made this text available to download in the zipped form by clicking here. ( UPDATE:  This zip file was lost years ago but you can download it from holybooks.com )


By John McMahon, webmaster@thestrangedotcom.com


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