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Call of Cthulhu - Related Texts - The Necronomicon

Call of Cthulhu - Related Texts - The Necronomicon

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DedicationOn the One Hundredth anniversaryof the Nativity of the PoetALEISTER CROWLEY1875-1975Ad Meiomrum Cthulhi Gloriam
 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
THE EDITOR would like to thank all of the people whose cooperation and dedication tounspeakable horrors has made this book possible. First, our thanks go to that nameless monkwho presented us with the originals., who has since disappeared. Second, to that ever-changingstaff of translators who performed a most distasteful and oft'times unsatisfying task: to Ms. I.Celms, Ms. N. Papaspyrou, Mr. Peter Levenda, Mr. X. and Mr. Y. Third, to Ms. J. McNally,whose thorough knowledge and understanding of Craft folklore aided the Editor in assuming aproper perspective towards this Work. Fourth, to Mr. J. Birnbaum who aided in some of thepreliminary practical research concerning the powers of the Book, and its dangers. Fifth, toMr. L. K. Barnes, who dared to tempt the awesome wrath of the Ancient Ones, risingunspeakable eldritch horrors, in supporting the publication of this arcane treatise. Sixth, to allthose patient Pagans and Friends of the Craft who waited, and waited for the eventualpublication of this tome with baited breath . . . and something on the stove. Seventh, andperhaps most importantly, to Herman Slater of the Magickal Childe (nee Warlock Shop),
 
 
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
THERE ARE THREE major individuals who must share the credit for the astonishingly good reception theNECRONOMICON has enjoyed over the last two years since its publication. L.K. Barnes was lured into theMagickal Childe bookstore in Manhattan one day by an incarnated thoughtform we may only refer to by hisinitials, B.A.K. Both were in search of some casual amusement from the slightly distorted version of thesupernatural intelligence-dissemination that usually took place on those premises. L.K. Barnes, publisher of this tome, has probably come to regret ever setting foot or tentacle inside those clammy precincts, for thecrazed proprietor of that institution commenced to wave before him the manuscript copy of this book, therebysecuring his soul forever in the service of the Elder Gods.Needless to say, L.K. - a longtime pilgrim in the search for the genuine NECRONOMICON which he knew,since childhood, really existed - was suitably impressed. Shocked, actually. He asked to see the dubiouspersonality who claimed responsibility for the editing and general research work that went into the volume.This exotic individual, Simon by name, appeared suddenly one day in the living quarters of L.K. Barnesattired in a beret, a suit of some dark, fibrous material, and a attache case which contained - besidescorrespondence from various Balkan embassies and a photograph of the F-104 fighter being crated up forshipment to Luxembourg - additional material on the NECRONOMICON which proved his bona fides. Also atthat meeting was the third member of the Unholy Trinity, James Wasserman of Studio 31 who - according to aSouth American cult leader - died during the last year, but who has been able with assistance from the Stone of the Wise and certain of the formulae in this book, to go on about his business like unto a living man.With Simon's manuscript, Barnes' occult vision and aesthetic scruples, and Wasserman's productionexperience and tireless labour, the abhorred NECRONOMICON began to take shape and the first editionsmote the stands on December 22, 1977 - the ancient pagan feast of Yule, the winter solstice.Yet, not without a number of bizarre occurrences that more than once threatened the lives, the sanity, and theastral bodies of the three individuals most deeply involved.Jim Wasserman was subjected to what we may vaguely refer to as "poltergeist" activity during the time heworked on production and design aspects of the book. A room which, for certain loathsome purposes, wasalways kept locked was found one day to have been opened - from the inside. In the same building, just belowhis loft, the typesetters were set upon by swarms of rats. The discovery of a small Hindu idol that had been lostsignalled the end to the plague, and the rats disappeared.Simon usually lives in fear of his life, for reasons that do not always have to do with the NECRONOMICON.However, he has been subject to constant surveillance by the Ancient Ones as they await one slip, the singlemisstep, that will provide for them the entry they earnestly desire into this world.L.K. Barnes, on the other hand, has had no rest whatever from the signals and messages from theextraterrestrial intelligences that were the overseers and the guardians of the book's publication. He has beenplagued by an unremitting chain of numerological events which he cannot ignore. The predominance of thenumbers 13,333,555,666 and others too arcane to bear mentioning have been made his life a demonstration(read, demon-stration) of Jungian synchronicity patterns. Also, his printing of the beautiful, full-colour

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