I have seen One Thousand and-One moons, and surely this is enough for the span of a mans life, though it is said the Prophets lived much longer. I am weak, and ill, and bear great tired- ness and exhaustion, and a sigh hangs in my breast like a dark lantern, I am old. The wolves carry their name in their midnight speeches, and that quiet, subtle Voice is summoning me from afar. And a voice much closer will shout into my ear with unholy impatience. The weight of my soul will decide its final resting place.
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Burleson has argued that the idea for the book was derived from Nathaniel Hawthorne , though Lovecraft himself noted that "mouldy hidden manuscripts" were one of the stock features of Gothic literature. Price notes that the title has been variously translated by others as "Book of the names of the dead", "Book of the laws of the dead", "Book of dead names" and "Knower of the laws of the dead".
There never was any Abdul Alhazred or Necronomicon, for I invented these names myself. Robert E. Howard is responsible for Friedrich von Junzt and his Unaussprechlichen Kulten It was published in , after his death, as " History of the Necronomicon ". He visited the ruins of Babylon , the "subterranean secrets" of Memphis and the Empty Quarter of Arabia. In his last years, he lived in Damascus , where he wrote Al Azif before his sudden and mysterious death in In subsequent years, Lovecraft wrote, the Azif "gained considerable, though surreptitious circulation amongst the philosophers of the age.
This version "impelled certain experimenters to terrible attempts" before being "suppressed and burnt" in by Patriarch Michael a historical figure who died in Lovecraft gives the date of this edition as , though the real-life Danish scholar Olaus Wormius lived from to Both the Latin and Greek text, the "History" relates, were banned by Pope Gregory IX in , though Latin editions were apparently published in 15th century Germany and 17th century Spain.
A Greek edition was printed in Italy in the first half of the 16th century. The Elizabethan magician John Dee c. According to "History of the Necronomicon" the very act of studying the text is inherently dangerous, as those who attempt to master its arcane knowledge generally meet terrible ends.
However, despite frequent references to the book, Lovecraft was very sparing of details about its appearance and contents. He once wrote that "if anyone were to try to write the Necronomicon, it would disappoint all those who have shuddered at cryptic references to it. And with strange aeons even death may die. In his story " History of the Necronomicon ", Lovecraft states that it is rumored that artist R.
The Necronomicon is undoubtedly a substantial text, as indicated by its description in " The Dunwich Horror " The Necronomicon passage in question states: Nor is it to be thought Not in the spaces we know, but between them, they walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen. Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate.
Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. They walk unseen and foul in lonely places where the Words have been spoken and the Rites howled through at their Seasons.
The wind gibbers with Their voices, and the earth mutters with Their consciousness. They bend the forest and crush the city, yet may not forest or city behold the hand that smites.
Kadath in the cold waste hath known Them, and what man knows Kadath? The ice desert of the South and the sunken isles of Ocean hold stones whereon Their seal is engraven, but who hath seen the deep frozen city or the sealed tower long garlanded with seaweed and barnacles?
Great Cthulhu is Their cousin, yet can he spy Them only dimly. As a foulness shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold. Yog-Sothoth is the key to the gate, whereby the spheres meet. Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again. Other than the obvious black letter editions, it is commonly portrayed as bound in leather of various types and having metal clasps.
Moreover, editions are sometimes disguised. Many commercially available versions of the book fail to include any of the contents that Lovecraft describes. The Simon Necronomicon in particular has been criticized for this.