2015: 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 […] Read More

2008: 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 of […] Read More

AN ILLUMINATI OUTLINE OF HISTORY

Alpha and Omega — Immanentizing of the Eschaton. 20,000,000 BC — Recent Epoch of geeology begins; Ice Age ends; human beings spread to all parts of the world. 30,000 — First Illuminatus, Gruad, rules in Atlantis. 20,000 — Mythical Lloigor inhabit continent of Mu. 10,000 — Approximate beginning of agriculture. Estimated date of inscriptions on stone disks by the Dropa tribe, a diminuative people of the Bayan-Kara-Ula Mountains on the border of China and Tibet; disks describe how the tribe came to earth in flying machines; ancient Dropa graves contain human remains with huge heads and small bodies. Earliest estimated date of carving of the Crystal Skull found at Lubaantun in the Yucatan. Hyborian Age in Europe. 9,000 to 10,000 — Date of Plato’s Atlantis. 6,000 — Picture writing develops. 5,000 — First alphabet begins to develop. 4,000 — Approximate date of discovery of metals, beginning of cities, constellations […] Read More