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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Like I said, some people take their Necronomicon's very seriously. Writing: 5. Fictional languages anyone?
Characters: 7. World: 9. Plot: 6. Pacing: 4. Commentary: 3. Share this: Twitter Facebook. There are Ways in which the Mind of a man is like unto an Eye, in that it can be used as a Lens to focus the Powers that exist in the Spaces between the Worlds. Indeed, the Mind of any Man can be used, when severed from the confining ties of the Flesh and put into a state of Trance, as a Weapon of great Power.
To the sorcerer who brings such a Mind under his Control, nothing is impossible, for he will be able to see into the farthest Lands of the World by means of that Mind's Eye, and shall be able to inflict upon his Enemies a Vengeance of such Type as will leave no slightest Mark, but shall cause them to expire with Fear and great Terrors. Lightest of all are the slumbers of Narrathoth, who may be awakened by the veriest novice in the art. Narrathoth lies drowsing beyond the Great Gate, hideous in form, servant to the sleeping Old Ones who wait for their day once more to dawn.
But Narrathoth may be summoned from his blasphemous dreams and forced to serve. One who achieves control over him has access to the wealth of the world; but great care must be exercised, for fear of Narrathoth's wrath, for even he shares the might of the Old Ones, and pity be upon him who summons him and loses control. Narrathoth is called by simple incantations. The blood of a male cat is needed, and the undergarment of a woman and [ The tomb-herd confer no benefits upon their worshippers. Their powers are few, for they can but disparage space in small regions and make tangible that which cometh forth from the dead in other dimensions.
They have power wherever the chants of Yog-Sothoth have been cried out at their seasons, and can draw to them those who will open their gates in the charnel-houses. They have no substance in this dimension, but enter earthly tenants to feed through them while they await the time when the stars become fixed and the gate of infinite sides opens to free That Which Claws at the Barrier. As in the days of the seas' covering all the earth, when Cthulhu walked in power across the world and others flew in the gulfs of space, so in certain places of the earth shall be found a great race which came from Outside and lived in cities and worshipped in dark fanes in the depths.
Their cities remain under the land, but rarely do They come up from Their subterranean places. They have been sealed in certain locations by the seal of the Elder Gods, but They may be released by words not known to many. What made its home in water shall be released by water, and when Glyu'uho is rightly placed, the words shall cause a flood to rise and remove at last the seal of those from Glyu'uho.
Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon
Of those which come through the gate and make their habitation in this world none can tell; although Ibn Schacabao tells of the beings which crawl from the Gulf of S'ghlhuo that they may be known by their sound. In that Gulf the very worlds are of sound, and matter is known but as an odor; and the notes of our pipes in this world may create beauty or bring forth abominations in S'glhuo. For the barrier between haply grows thin, and when sourceless sounds occur we may justly look to the denizens of S'glhuo.
They can do little harm to those of Earth, and fear only that shape which a certain sound may form in their universe The lizard-crustaceans arrive on Earth through their towers. As Azathoth rules now as he did in his bivalvular shape, his name subdues all, from the incubi which haunt Tond to the servants of Y'golonac.
Few can resist the power of the name Azathoth, and even the haunters of the blackest night of Yuggoth cannot battle the power of N, his other name. And they that tamper with the seals And wake the sleepers, too, are damned. And I say further, herein lies those spells To break the seals that hold in thrall Cthulhu and his ebon horde. For I Have spent my life to learn them all.
So, fool, the darkness is pent up in space: The gates to Hell are closed. You Meddle at your own expense: When you call They will wake and answer you. This is my gift to mankind -- here are the keys. Find your own locks; be glad. I, Abdul Al-Hazred say this to you: I, who tampered, and am mad. The book of the black name, containing the history of that which came before men.
The great old ones were both one and many.
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They were not separate souls like men, yet they were separate wills. Some say they came from the stars; some say that they were the soul of the earth when it was formed from a cloud. For all life comes from the beyond, where there is no consciousness. Life needed a mirror, therefore it invaded the world of matter.
There it became its own enemy, because they [bodies? The great old ones wanted to avoid form; therefore they rejected the heavy material of the body. But then they lost the power to act. Therefore they needed servants. Past, present, future Ye Possessor of ye Stone shall find himself able to command all Beings which creep, swim, crawl, walk, or fly even to ye Source from which there is no returning. Ya na kadishtu nilgh'ri stell'bsna Nyogtha, K'yarnak phlegethor l'ebumna syha'h n'ghft, Ya hai kadishtu ep r'luh-eeh Nyogtha eeh, S'uhn-ngh athg li'hee orr'e syha'h.
Onlie those who have eaten a certain alkaloid herb, whose name it were wise not to disclose to the unilluminated, maye in the fleshe see a Shoggothe. They ruled once where man rules now, summer. Where man rules now, after summer is winter. They shall rule again, and after winter. Their hand is at your throat but you see them not. They walk serene and unsuspected, not in the spaces we know, but between them. Call not upon Yog-Sothoth until ye be certaine that ye Bones be compleat and culled of forraine contamination.
For it hath been known in antient Tymes that ye Bones of a Man mingled with ye Bones of a Beare or Lyon, or even with ye Offaile of a lowly Coney or Porpentine, hath produced for a hapless Necromancer not a Ressurection of that which was, but a Creation of Abomination that should not be. He who would be a Master of the Runes and possessor of Life eternaille must consecrate to Crom Cruach on Lammas Night ye Flesh of an infant newborn and eat thereof.
Nor is the consecration to be made by those faint of heart or doubting in their souls, for Crom Cruach knows all, Crom Cruach sees all, Crom Cruach is all. Crom Cruach! Whenas Aldebaran riseth to the Sixth House, and agreeth in all ways with ye Conjunctions of Phutatorius as shall hereinafter be inscribed, then that is no Door which openeth on its Rising, but a Gate to ye Outside, through which All may pass but None may return save a Master of ye Runes, or ye Host of Ekron.
Wisely did ibn Mushacab say, that happy is the tomb where no wizard hath lain, and happy the town at night whose wizards are all ashes. For the spirit of the devil-indentured hastes not from his charnel clay, but feeds and instructs the very worm that gnaws. Then an awful life from corruption springs and feeds again the appointed scavengers upon the earth. Great holes are dug hidden where are the open pores of the earth, and things have learned to walk that ought to crawl.
Even as the Great Ones may return from their resting slumber, so the adept may, by use of the Ashes of Noah, and essential Saltes, call his fellow man back from the great beyond. Na'ghimgor thdid lym. Myn th'x barsoom lu'gndar. In'path gix mth'nabor. In'path nox vel'dekk.
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Yig sudeth M'cylorum. M'xxlit kraddath Soggoth im'betnk. Nog s'dath blexmed! You will leave this spot, which spot denies the logic of your coming and going, and you will take, in the Name of the Nameless One, all your minions and their devices with you. And even the uttering of your name will be lost to this world until Time has eaten its Own Head. The nethermost caverns are not for the fathoming of living eyes; it is written in the Scroll of Thoth how terrible is the price of a single glimpse, for that the marvels thereof are strange and awful.
Nor may those who pass ever return, for in that transcendent Vastness lurk Shapes of darkness that seize and bind. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Alhazred by Donald Tyson. Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon by Donald Tyson. Lovecraft's compelling character, Abdul Alhazred, is brought to life in this epic tale detailing the mad sorcerer's tragic history and magical adventures.
Alhazred tells his own life story, beginning with himself as a poor, handsome boy in Yemen who attracts the attention of the king for his divine skill in poetry. As the court poet, young Abdul lives a luxurious lif H. As the court poet, young Abdul lives a luxurious life at the palace, where he studies necromancy and magic. But falling in love with the king's daughter leads to a foolish tryst, which is ultimately discovered. As punishment, Abdul is tortured, brutally mutilated, and cast into the desert, known as the Empty Space.
Battling insanity, he joins a tribe of ghouls and learns forbidden secrets from a stranger called Nyarlathotep. Thus begins his downward spiral into wickedness. Renamed Alhazred, he escapes the desert and embarks on a quest to restore his body and reunite with his true love. Traveling across the ancient world and fantastic realms, he is hounded by foes and tormented by the demands of his dark lord.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Alhazred , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 24, Dan Schwent rated it liked it Shelves: , lovecraftian. When Abdul Alhazred gets his lover, the daughter of the king, pregnant, he's forced to eat the roasted fetus, along with his own genitals.
Mutilated and near death, he is left to die in the Empty Space, the great desert. But that is only the beginning of his journey to becoming the greatest necromancer in existence After reading Tales of Alhazred , I jumped at the chance to read this. Much like the time I drank a twelve pack of Angry Orchard, it was too much of a good thing. Since I read Tales o When Abdul Alhazred gets his lover, the daughter of the king, pregnant, he's forced to eat the roasted fetus, along with his own genitals.
Since I read Tales of Alhazred first, this book had a lot to live up to. Sure enough, it chronicled his meetings with Martala and Altrus, as well as his mutilation. Things hinted at in the collection of short stories were given life, like Alhazred's time with the ghouls. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Alhazred learns from a wide variety of teachers and gets into a wide variety of adventures. So why did I only give it a three? It was too damn long! This could have easily been two or even three books. I feel like Cthulhu rose from his eternal slumber and went back to sleep in the time I was reading it.
There were a lot of times I yearned for something major to happen. It probably would have worked best as a collection or two of short stories rather than the never-ending tale of wandering around the Middle East. Three stars. I didn't like it as much as Tales of Alhazred but I'll read more of Alhazred's adventures at some point.
View 2 comments. Aug 02, Patrick rated it really liked it Recommends it for: H. Lovecraft fans, Clive Barker fans, Goths, Otherkin. Shelves: fantasy. I'm pretty sure I lost 2d6 sanity points reading this book. This premise could have easily listed sideways into some insipidly awful Daaaaaaark Gawthic Fantasy bullshit territory, yet Tyson's novel is surprisingly light on its feet.
If squick's not your thing, give this one a pass. I'm not spoiling too much to say the protagonist is forced to eat his own barbecued genitals in Chapter One, and his diet only gets more, uh, varied from there.
You will like this book if : - You're a fan of H. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, the Reanimator and Evil Dead movies - You've got a long airplane flight and want a light fantasy pulp read while listening to your "s Satanic Speed Metal" playlist. Brite novel and want to get the bad taste out of your mouth, so to speak. May 03, Althea Ann rated it really liked it. Donald Tyson — Alhazred: The Author of the Necronomicon Has any horror reader not heard tell of that tome of blackest occult knowledge, the Necronomicon?
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Even during H. The list of writers who have written stories influenced by his work is long and contains names not insignificant to horror fans. Derleth, Robert E. More recently, contemporary horror and science fiction authors have also turned their pens to pay tribute to the master: Gene Wolfe, Ramsey Campbell, Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny: Poppy Z.
Or something more inexplicable? He visited the ruins of Babylon and the subterranean secrets of Memphis and spent ten years alone in the great southern desert of Arabia — the Roba el Khaliyeh or "Empty Space" of the ancients In his last years Alhazred dwelt in Damascus. Grotesquely punished and mutilated, he is cast out and begins his life as a wanderer. He becomes, unwillingly, the tool of the mysterious Dark Chaos, Nyarlathotep, who repeatedly visits him in dreams.
He encounters a djinn, who takes up residence in his body, and later acquires a partner in crime, a girl, Martala, from a family of grave-robbers. Alhazred is a remarkably non-sympathetic character, completely amoral and without any feelings except those conducive to self-preservation and the gain of necromantic knowledge. Even though she has few ethical standards, Martala is still human, and acts as a foil to his character. Lovecraft purists may also object to the literary style of the book. Tyson is an accomplished writer — but his style is nothing like that of Lovecraft.
Lovecraft loved antiquarian words, and intentionally created a very 18th-century feel to his stories, using phrases and terms which were already out-of-fashion when he was writing. He also is frequently lauded for his ability to conjure an atmosphere of terror and fear without coming right out and telling the reader.
His horrors often happen off-screen, as it were. His writing is full of things that cannot be named, monsters which the mind cannot encompass, gods whose visages cannot be described… Tyson, on the other hand, can be compared more accurately to stylists such as Clive Barker.
He has no problem coming right out and telling his readers every disgusting and gory detail — there are several scenes in the book which are not for the faint-of-stomach. Biographical note: Althea spent several of her formative years in Providence, Rhode Island, home of the master of horror H. After school, she would often hang out in Swan Point Cemetery, site of his final resting place, where her friend did at one point in time encounter a giant and rather horrific slug with her bare foot - but the Elder Gods never made themselves manifest.
Jan 07, Steve Cran rated it really liked it. I totally loved this book and for several reasons. First off the author has done his research on the Middle East. He put Alhazred's story back into it's proper context. The Mad Arab grew up and experienced his adventures in the Middle East so it is only proper that Egyptian Gods, Jinn, Ghoul's , Indian Thuggies and sultans play a part with the ever present spectre of the Old ones hidden in the background just outside of everyone's view.
The story starts off in Yemen when Alhazred, the kings poet I totally loved this book and for several reasons. The story starts off in Yemen when Alhazred, the kings poet , falls in love with Narissa, the King's daughter. They have an illicit affair that ends up with her getting pregnant. After they get caught the king of Yemen mutilates Alhazred's face, castrates him and leaves him to die in the Empty Quarter.
But Alhazred is resourceful and he survives instead of dying. During his desert journey's he befriends a tribe of ghouls, makes friends with a female jinn and steals from caravans that which he needs in order oreto survive. After his tenure with the ghouls, who by the way die from poison, Alhazred wanders to the lost city of Irem or Ubar. Itn is there that he confronts a witch and learns the history of the old ones. After leaving the desert with numerous jewels he makes his way Egypt going through such cities as Bubastis, Babylon and Alexandria. It is in Egypt that he meets with Martala and makes enemies with Farri, s street thug.