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Al azif = (the Necronomicon) (original 1973; edition 1999)

by Abdul Alhazred

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Title:Al azif = (the Necronomicon)
Authors:Abdul Alhazred
Info:Berkeley Heights, NJ, Wildside Press, 1999.
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Al Azif (The Necronomicon) by Abdul Alhazred (1973)

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Not so much a book as a prank by author L. Sprague De Camp, perpertrated so that the Necronomicon would appear in the Catalog of the Library of Congress. Not sure if it was ever intended for a wide release.

A few pages of back story and then the rest is just pages and pages of faux-Arabic gibberish repeated over and over. An interesting piece of Lovecraftiana, nothing more. ( )
2 vote Rumgoat | Feb 26, 2007 |
what a con i fell for!! i had this a recommendation from Amazon, so i ordered it [oddly through Waldenbooks, since i have a friend who works there and is in constant fear of her store closing for lack of sales]. i thought it would be a trite little mock up of the Necronomicom with some observations/essays from fans.

it's a mock up all right! 100+ pages of the same Arabic script repeated. there are maybe 4 distinct unique pages of the body that are repeated in the same cycle, beginning with a preface in English. i saw the copyright from the publisher as 1973, so they have been at this for a bit!

the one "entertaining" feature of the book is that it is printed 'back to front' similar to a manga comic, but certainly the way Arabic texts are written - as Arabic and Hebrew are written right to left, back to front. so an A+ for packaging i suppose! ( )
1 vote zbyshko | May 13, 2006 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Abdul Alhazredprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Camp, L. Sprague DePrefacesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dills, BobCalligraphersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Halpern, Franksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Post, J. B.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scithers, George H.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Do not combine with other books titled Necronomicon. All books titled Necronomicon refer to the book H.P. Lovecraft invented as a literary device in his fictional world. Each one is unique. There is no definitive Necronomicon, nor is there a "real" Necronomicon.

Owlswick Press owner G. H. Scithers asked L. Sprague de Camp to do the introduction for a book of repeating text made up of characters similar to Arabic designed by Bob Dills. Various sources also  credit Frank Halpern and J. B. Post as involved in the project.
Do not combine with other books titled Necronomicon. All books titled Necronomicon refer to the book H.P. Lovecraft invented as a literary device in his fictional world. Each one is unique. There is no definitive Necronomicon, nor is there a "real" Necronomicon.
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