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25th Sep '16 7:09:01 PM Duffan
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* The witches' SpellBook in ''Film/HocusPocus'' is not only evilly made (bound in human skin, written in blood, etc), and full of horrific incantations, but is actually intelligent and capable of serving its owners' desires.
25th Sep '16 8:55:59 AM brickbat1137
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** The most notable and persistent of these tomes is the ''Book of Vile Darkness'', which is so evil that reading it can damage a good person's mind. (The publishers of the game actually produced a sourcebook on evil by this name later on.) The original edition of D&D actually had separate versions of this text for priests and wizards, with the ''Book of Vile Darkness'' being the priestly version and the ''Libram of Ineffable Damnation'' the wizardly version. A few {{inversion}}s also exist: the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'', a book of pure ''goodness'' (and the ''Libram of Gainful Conjuration'', its wizardly cousin), and the ''Libram of Silver Magic'', which can only be read if you don't side with either good or evil.

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** The most notable and persistent of these tomes is the ''Book of Vile Darkness'', which is so evil that reading it can damage a good person's mind.mind, and will exist AsLongAsThereIsEvil. (The publishers of the game actually produced a sourcebook on evil by this name later on.) The original edition of D&D actually had separate versions of this text for priests and wizards, with the ''Book of Vile Darkness'' being the priestly version and the ''Libram of Ineffable Damnation'' the wizardly version. A few {{inversion}}s also exist: the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'', a book of pure ''goodness'' ''goodness'', also {{Defictionalized}} (and the ''Libram of Gainful Conjuration'', its wizardly cousin), and the ''Libram of Silver Magic'', which can only be read if you don't side with either good or evil.
16th Sep '16 11:31:41 PM GranChi
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** Hermione also mentions a book called ''Magick Moste Evile'', which apparently does a "ghostly wail" when closed. However, the book only briefly mentions Horcruxes in order to say that [[EvenEvilHasStandards they are so terrible they will not be discussed]].
1st Sep '16 1:56:23 PM datadoggieein
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* [[UsefulNotes/MarieCurie Marie Curie's]] notebooks. They are so radioactive, even many years since her death, they require protective equipment to handled, and are kept in a lead lined box.
30th Aug '16 8:10:16 PM Leliel
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** The worst of these are ''The Final Spell Of Eli Ben-Menachem'', ''The Invisible Codex'', and ''The Prince of 100,000 Leaves''. The first is a seemingly-sentient spell that teaches you how to summon reversed forms of [[EnemyWithin Goetia]] symbolizing reversed Virtues into your enemies' minds, which are actually [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal entities]] who ''[[EnemyWithout will]]'' [[EvilTwin escape]]. The second ''is'' an [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal creature]] in the form of a Tome of Eldritch Lore, which actually takes that form to lure power-hungry mages so it can eat their souls. The last is an Abyssal entity that takes the form of 100,000 pages detailing a twisted alternate history for the world, which will then proceed to become real-- the catch is that it's not fully written or put together.

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** The worst of these are ''The Final Spell Of Eli Ben-Menachem'', ''The Invisible Codex'', ''The Tome of Power'', and ''The Prince of 100,000 Leaves''. The first is a seemingly-sentient spell that teaches you how to summon reversed forms of [[EnemyWithin Goetia]] symbolizing reversed Virtues into your enemies' minds, which are actually [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal entities]] who ''[[EnemyWithout will]]'' [[EvilTwin escape]]. The second ''is'' an [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal creature]] in the form of a Tome of Eldritch Lore, which actually takes that form to lure power-hungry mages so it can eat their souls. The third is also a gulmoth, but the [[DealWithTheDevil tempting devil]] to the ''Codex's'' HoneyTrap, teaching its readers inherently [[BlackMagic Abyss-tainted]] versions of incredibly destructive magic designed specifically for them to have talent with, and when the mage is fully corrupted summons a different gulmoth to [[EvilMentor continue their education]]. The last is the [[SoulJar heart]] of an Abyssal entity [[GeniusLoci Annunaki]], one of the living alternate universes that compose the Abyss, that takes the form of 100,000 pages detailing a twisted alternate history for the world, which will then proceed to become real-- the catch is that it's not fully written or put together.
18th Aug '16 10:44:31 AM fq
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** The tome called the ''Darkhold'' was written by the elder (and evil) god Chton as one of the first--if not ''the'' first--book of magic ever. Writing the Darkhold allowed Chthon to influence the very nature of magic itself. It contains a variety of spells, but using one equals sealing your soul to Chthon, and most of them work in really twisted and sick ways. The Darkhold is also known as the ''Book of Sins'' because of its corrupting influence.

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** The tome called the ''Darkhold'' was written by the elder (and evil) god Chton Chthon as one of the first--if not ''the'' first--book of magic ever. Writing the Darkhold allowed Chthon to influence the very nature of magic itself. It contains a variety of spells, but using one equals sealing your soul to Chthon, and most of them work in really twisted and sick ways. The Darkhold is also known as the ''Book of Sins'' because of its corrupting influence.
18th Aug '16 10:44:00 AM fq
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* In the ''MarvelUniverse'', a Tome called the ''Darkhold'' contains a variety of spells, including the Montesi Formula, which unmakes vampirism (and vampires).
** Worth mentioning, that using any spell from this tome equals sealing your soul to evil god Chthon, and most of them work in really twisted and sick ways.
*** One of the weird things about it is that in the MU, vampirism started when a group of Atlantean sorcerers slew their enemies, but weren't satisfied with simply winning the fight and killing their foes. They wanted to make them [[FateWorseThanDeath suffer after death]], so they used a spell from the Darkhold to [[ThePunishment raise them as the first vampires.]] Predictably things after that did not go 'quite' as the sorcerers intended.
** There is also the ''Book of the Vishanti'' which is said to contain every counterspell and defensive magic ever known or will be known, including a spell to free one from the Darkhold's control (odd that it doesn't seem to contain the spell to cure vampirism, which is in the Darkhold). It also contains a lot of useful lore penned by previous holders of the tome and it seems to explicitly add new pages for current owners to add their own information into its pages.

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* In the ''MarvelUniverse'', a Tome The ''MarvelUniverse'':
** The tome
called the ''Darkhold'' was written by the elder (and evil) god Chton as one of the first--if not ''the'' first--book of magic ever. Writing the Darkhold allowed Chthon to influence the very nature of magic itself. It contains a variety of spells, including the Montesi Formula, which unmakes vampirism (and vampires).
** Worth mentioning, that
but using any spell from this tome one equals sealing your soul to evil god Chthon, and most of them work in really twisted and sick ways.
*** One of the weird things about it is that in the MU, vampirism started when a group of Atlantean sorcerers slew their enemies, but weren't satisfied with simply winning the fight and killing their foes. They wanted to make them [[FateWorseThanDeath suffer after death]], so they used a spell from the
ways. The Darkhold to [[ThePunishment raise them as the first vampires.]] Predictably things after that did not go 'quite' as the sorcerers intended.
** There
is also known as the ''Book of Sins'' because of its corrupting influence.
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''Book of the Vishanti'' which is said to contain every counterspell counter-spell and all defensive magic ever known or will be (to be) known, including a spell to free one from the Darkhold's control (odd that control. (Oddly enough it doesn't seem to contain the spell to cure vampirism, which is in the Darkhold). Darkhold.) It also contains a lot of useful lore penned by previous holders of the tome and it seems to explicitly add new pages for current owners to add their own information into its pages.



** The Darkhold is also one of the first, if not ''the'' first, book of magic ever written. Writing the Darkhold allowed Chthon to influence the very nature of magic itself.
13th Aug '16 5:53:36 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' features [[spoiler:a cookbook]] being treated as this. It's found in the "Dark Aisle" (i.e. the place where the pots, pans, and cutlery are located), and its illustrations of [[spoiler:foods being cooked and eaten]] are presented with all the same horror as the grisly artwork inside the Necronomicon. Frank tears pages out of the book to show to the rest of the store in order to get them to believe him.



* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Abramelin The Book of Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage]]'', the 14th century grimoire, has stories like this attatched to it. Of course, none are verifiable and S.L [=MacGregor=] Mathers and Aleister Crowley probably made most of them up.

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Abramelin The Book of Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage]]'', the 14th century grimoire, has stories like this attatched to it. Of course, none are verifiable verifiable, and S.L [=MacGregor=] Mathers and Aleister Crowley probably made most of them up.
8th Aug '16 5:59:02 PM jormis29
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** In the ForgottenRealms setting, one of the most powerful (if not ''the'' most powerful) artifact are The Nether Scrolls, 2 sets of 50 scrolls made of gold or platinum sheets. They are completely harmless by themselves, but they contain near-limitless amount of magical knowledge; No matter how many times the scrolls have been perused, there is always new information to be gained. In fact, the Netherese grew to be the most dominant magical empire ever known simply by the power of this artifact.

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** In the ForgottenRealms ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, one of the most powerful (if not ''the'' most powerful) artifact are The Nether Scrolls, 2 sets of 50 scrolls made of gold or platinum sheets. They are completely harmless by themselves, but they contain near-limitless amount of magical knowledge; No matter how many times the scrolls have been perused, there is always new information to be gained. In fact, the Netherese grew to be the most dominant magical empire ever known simply by the power of this artifact.



* ''{{Exalted}}'' has numerous examples, but the most infamous might be ''The Broken-Winged Crane''. How bad is it? It isn't even ''written'' yet; all the copies that exist are reverse engineered from the perfect version that comes into existence the day the world ends.[[note]]It should be noted that time travel is explicitly impossible in the ''Exalted'' setting. This has not stopped the imperfect copies from appearing well before the book is written.[[/note]] And seeing as the only canon character to have read the book is implied to have been abducted and {{mind rape}}d by archdemons, there's a very good chance the book ''causes'' it.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has numerous examples, but the most infamous might be ''The Broken-Winged Crane''. How bad is it? It isn't even ''written'' yet; all the copies that exist are reverse engineered from the perfect version that comes into existence the day the world ends.[[note]]It should be noted that time travel is explicitly impossible in the ''Exalted'' setting. This has not stopped the imperfect copies from appearing well before the book is written.[[/note]] And seeing as the only canon character to have read the book is implied to have been abducted and {{mind rape}}d by archdemons, there's a very good chance the book ''causes'' it.



* ''[[{{GURPS}} Pyramid]]'' magazine had an article detailing ''Clay Bricks'' of Eldritch Lore which fit pretty much every aspect of this trope (unreadable, evil, drive you crazy) except that they're not actually books (being from before bound books were invented, or from cultures that never did).

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* ''[[{{GURPS}} ''[[TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Pyramid]]'' magazine had an article detailing ''Clay Bricks'' of Eldritch Lore which fit pretty much every aspect of this trope (unreadable, evil, drive you crazy) except that they're not actually books (being from before bound books were invented, or from cultures that never did).
24th Jul '16 3:23:53 PM JamesAustin
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* LRonHubbard claimed to have written a manuscript that caused people to go insane or commit suicide. Early Scientologists once sold copies of this manuscript for $1500.
** That manuscript would eventually become ''{{Literature/Dianetics}}''. According to Hubbard, the original version was so damaging because [[MySkullRunnethOver it revealed too much information at once.]]

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* LRonHubbard Creator/LRonHubbard claimed to have written a manuscript that caused people to go insane or commit suicide. Early Scientologists once sold copies of this manuscript for $1500.
** That manuscript would eventually become ''{{Literature/Dianetics}}''.''Literature/{{Dianetics}}''. According to Hubbard, the original version was so damaging because [[MySkullRunnethOver it revealed too much information at once.]]
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