The Necronomicon How Lovecraft’s Creation Grew a Tale

by Dan Harms A recent list of the top ten grimoires — books of magic— included a book called the Necronomicon.Not too bad for a work that started as a literary in-joke. How did the Necronomicon make the leap from fiction to occult notoriety? Let’s look at the story. One century ago, a young man named Howard Phillips Lovecraft was living in Providence, Rhode Island. Having left high school due to illness before graduating, he was unable to fulfill his dream of going to Brown University. His once-wealthy family was slipping into genteel poverty, but he was nonetheless expected to uphold the lifestyle of a gentleman of leisure. Lovecraft must have found negotiating these expectations and hopes a difficult situation. He found an answer in writing. At first he wrote essays on political and cultural topics, but soon he found his true strength: short stories of monsters and tortured […] Read More

Lovecraft’s Necronomicon

  Great Cthulhu Lovecraft’s Necronomicon The Old Ones “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange a eons even death may die.” – Abdul Alhazred, Necronomicon (from H. P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”, 1926) The Necronomicon tells of the Old Ones, who arrived on the primal earth from “dark stars”. When land appeared they swarmed from the oceans to build cities at the poles and raise temples to Those cursed by the Gods. Their ghoulish spawn ruled the earth until the Elder Lords, appalled at their abominations, acted: “…casting Them forth from the Earth to the Void beyond the planes where chaos reigns and form abideth not. And the Elder Lords set Their seal upon the Gateway and the power of the Old Ones prevailest not against its might. Loathsome Cthulhu rose then from the deeps and raged with exceeding great fury against the Earth Guardians. And They bound his venomous claws with potent spells and sealed him up within the City […] Read More

Dark Entries: An Introduction to the magick of the Cthulhu Mythos

by Fra. Zebulon, Dunwich Lodge, E.O.D The Esoteric Order of Dagon is an international network of magicians, artists and other visionaries who are exploring the occult mysteries inherent in the horror and fantasy writings of the New England writer Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890 – 1937). The ‘Cthulhu Mythos‘ (as it is generally known) depends from a number of Lovecraft’s tales, plus those of other writers who employ similar fictional devices. The basic premise of the Cthulhu Mythos is that there is a group of trans-dimensional entities – known as the Great Old Ones who, “when the stars are right” can enter into our world via psychic or physical gateways. The Great Old Ones represent an ‘Elder Lore’ which antedates human civilisation and, to human perception, are both immensely powerful and alien. In the tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, there is a worldwide network (or conspiracy) of cults who worship […] Read More