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2nd Aug '17 8:07:13 AM BeerBaron
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* The Mysterium Xarxes in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''.
** The script notes actually call for Martin, the most knowledgeable major character on the subject, to react as if given ''a handful of glowing plutonium'' when he receives the Xarxes. It's just that sort of book.
** In addition to the Xarxes, there is also the Oghma Infinium (infinite wisdom) which is bound in skin and is owned by Hermaeus Mora, the [[EldritchAbomination daedric]] [[PhysicalGod prince]] of fate and [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden knowledge]]. Also the Tome of Unlife which creates liches and the book used in Skyrim to learn the master destruction spells may qualify.
** The Mysterium Xarxes and Oghma Infinium may be quite eldritch, but if you ''really'' want to read something you really shouldn't, try one of the titular Elder Scrolls. The Elder Scrolls are completely irrefutable recordings of history/alternate history; what did happen, what could have happened, what might happen. Even the falsehoods in them are true. ''Especially'' the falsehoods. Reading them completely untrained will yield just some weird chart that looks like it has constellations on it, with odd glyphs printed over (or under?) the chart. An incompletely trained reader (knows just enough to hurt themselves) will end up getting something out of it but likely useless, and their eyesight is gone. A well-trained reader can glean much and eventually regain their eyesight... for a finite number of times before their sight is gone for good. The power of the Elder Scrolls is so great, their truths so irrefutable, that not even the machinations of a daedric prince can overcome them; that's how [[spoiler:the curse on the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal is broken in the Thieves' Guild quest]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', [[spoiler:you get to read one yourself to gain knowledge of a dragon shout lost to time; it turns out you don't ''read'' the scroll, you see events happen as if the scroll was a window to another (possibly alternate) time. Trying to read the scroll outside of the Time-Wound temporarily robs you of vision -- and the reason you only suffer that much is because you have the soul of a being that exists partially outside of time, not unlike the Elder Scroll itself. Even the Dragons like Paarthurnax and Alduin himself fear the Elder Scrolls' power. Turns out that they don't just reveal events, they can alter reality as well; with no recourse left, the ancient Nordic heroes who faced Alduin invoked the power of an Elder Scroll to "cast Alduin out of time", postponing his reckoning until the age where ''Skyrim'' takes place. The residue from that event was the Time-Wound mentioned above.]]
*** Also, those who study how the Elder Scrolls actually work go insane with clockwork regularity.
*** In ''Dawnguard'', [[spoiler: you undergo the same ritual Moth Priests go through to be able to read an Elder Scroll after the Moth Priest you rescued goes blind after reading one without the necessary precautions. After reading the Scroll you are none the worse for wear, likely because as the Dragonborn, your [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Aedric]] [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]] protected you from the normal side-effects.]]
*** ''Dragonborn'' introduces the Black Books, which are more or less the Oghma Infinitum's little brothers. Reading them teleports you to Apocrypha via black tentacles that comes out of the book, the realm of Hermaeus Mora in search of a new power. Like the rest, it drives most mortals insane (unlike the dragonborn) but grants as much power as the infinium (spell buffs, shout buffs and skill respec).

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* The Mysterium Xarxes in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''.
''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The script notes actually call for Martin, the most knowledgeable major character on the subject, to react as if given ''a handful of glowing plutonium'' when he receives the Xarxes. It's just that sort of book.
** In addition to the Xarxes, there is also the Oghma Infinium (infinite wisdom) which is bound in skin and is owned by Hermaeus Mora, the [[EldritchAbomination daedric]] [[PhysicalGod prince]] of fate and [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden knowledge]]. Also the Tome of Unlife which creates liches and the book used in Skyrim to learn the master destruction spells may qualify.
** The Mysterium Xarxes and Oghma Infinium may be quite eldritch, but if you ''really'' want to read something you really shouldn't, try one of the titular Elder Scrolls. The
eponymous Elder Scrolls themselves:
*** The Scrolls combine this with being TomesOfProphecyAndFate. Referred to as "Fragments of Creation," the Scrolls
are completely irrefutable recordings of history/alternate history; unknown origin and number which simultaneously record past, present, and future events irrefutably; what did happen, what could have happened, what might yet happen. [[MindScrew Even the falsehoods in them are true. ''Especially'' true]]. (''Especially'' the falsehoods. Reading them completely falsehoods, as is pointed out several times in the series.) To the untrained eye, the Scrolls will yield just some weird an odd chart that looks like it has constellations on it, it with odd glyphs printed over (or under?) the chart. An incompletely trained or under it. A knowledgeable reader (knows just enough to hurt themselves) will end up getting something out of it be able to interpret the Scrolls to a degree, but likely useless, incompletely, and their eyesight is gone. will be irrevocably struck blind. A well-trained reader can reader, such as a member of the Cult of the Ancestor Moth, will glean much more from the Scroll and eventually regain will even recover their eyesight... for a finite number of times before their sight is gone permanently lost. In all of these cases, reading the Scrolls tends to lead to madness for good. the user. Even those who merely ''study'' the Scrolls, never actually using or even handling them, are [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven to complete madness]] with alarming regularity.
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The power of the Elder Scrolls is so great, their truths so irrefutable, that not even the machinations of a daedric prince [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] can overcome them; that's how [[spoiler:the [[spoiler: the curse on the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal is broken broken]] in the Thieves' Guild quest]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' ThievesGuild questline. In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', [[spoiler:you ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you get to read one yourself to gain [[spoiler:gain knowledge of a dragon shout [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um shout]] lost to time; it turns out you don't ''read'' read the scroll, you see events happen as if the scroll was a window to another (possibly alternate) time. time]]. Trying to read the scroll outside of the Time-Wound [[RealityIsOutToLunch Time-Wound]] temporarily robs you of vision -- and the reason you only suffer that much is because you have the soul of a being that exists partially outside of time, not unlike the Elder Scroll itself. Even the Dragons [[DragonsAreDivine dragons]] like Paarthurnax and Alduin [[BigBad Alduin]] himself fear the Elder Scrolls' power. Turns out that they don't just reveal events, they can [[RealityWarper alter reality reality]] as well; with no recourse left, the ancient Nordic heroes who faced Alduin invoked the power of an Elder Scroll to "cast Alduin out of time", postponing his reckoning until the age where ''Skyrim'' (the game, not the province) takes place. The residue from that event was created the Time-Wound Time-Wound, mentioned above.]]
above.
*** Also, those who study how As seen in ''Skyrim'', the glyphs on the Elder Scrolls actually work go insane with clockwork regularity.
match closely to those seen on the Eye of Magnus, an [[ArtifactOfDoom artifact of great and mysterious power]] connected to Magnus, the god of magic and "architect" of Mundus. This has led to the theory that the scrolls are related to that event (and their alternative name, "Fragments of Creation", further lends credence).
*** In ''Dawnguard'', ''Skyrim'''s ''Dawnguard'' DLC [[spoiler: you undergo the same ritual Moth Priests go through to be able to read an Elder Scroll after the Moth Priest you rescued goes blind after reading one without the necessary precautions. After reading the Scroll you are none the worse for wear, likely because as the Dragonborn, your [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Aedric]] [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]] protected you from the normal side-effects.]]
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side-effects]].
** The Mysterium Xarxes, an artifact of [[OmnicidalManiac Mehrunes Dagon]], the Daedric Prince of [[PersonOfMassDestruction Destruction]]. The ''Oblivion'' script notes actually call for Martin, the most knowledgeable major character on the subject, to react as if given "a handful of glowing plutonium" when he receives the Xarxes. It's just that sort of book.
** The Oghma Infinium, which translates to "infinite wisdom" in [[ClassicalTongue Old Aldmeris]], is bound in humanoid skin and is an artifact of [[EldritchAbomination Hermaeus Mora]], the Daedric Prince of Knowledge (with a particular specialty in [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Eldritch]] knowledge).
** ''Skyrim'''s
''Dragonborn'' DLC introduces the Black Books, which are more or less the Oghma Infinitum's Infinium's little brothers. Reading them teleports you to Apocrypha Apocrypha, the Daedric Plane of Hermaeus Mora, via black tentacles that comes come out of the book, the realm of Hermaeus Mora book in search of a new power. Like many of the rest, other examples here, it drives most mortals insane (unlike the dragonborn) but grants as much insane. The Dragonborn, however, gains power as in the infinium (spell form of spell buffs, shout buffs buffs, and skill respec).increases.
23rd Jul '17 3:17:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Mystery of the Cathedrals''. Written by an alchemist in the 1920's using the pen name Fulcanelli, the work makes the case that the Cathedrals of Europe, as built by freemasons, are in fact stone manuals outlining the "Great Work" of alchemy. The work was followed by a sequel, ''The Dwellings of the Philosphers''. A third manuscript was intended for publication, however, it was recalled by the author at the last minute due to its secrets being too dangerous for public consumption. Interestingly, the CIA had an extensive file on Fulcanelli and conducted a massive search for him in the years following WW2.

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* ''The Mystery of the Cathedrals''. Written by an alchemist in the 1920's using the pen name Fulcanelli, the work makes the case that the Cathedrals of Europe, as built by freemasons, are in fact stone manuals outlining the "Great Work" of alchemy. The work was followed by a sequel, ''The Dwellings of the Philosphers''. A third manuscript was intended for publication, however, it was recalled by the author at the last minute due to its secrets being too dangerous for public consumption. Interestingly, the CIA had an extensive file on Fulcanelli and conducted a massive search for him in the years following WW2.[=WW2=].
29th Jun '17 7:42:08 AM ZimFan89
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* A major plot point in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' is the Death Eater/HYDRA alliance led by Lucius Malfoy steals the Darkhold and gifts it to [[{{Necromancer}} Gravemoss]]. Like in it comic canon counterpart, it's the ultimate book of BlackMagic, created by [[EldritchAbomination Chthon]] as a SoulJar to maintain his foothold in reality. The book itself is indestructible, and it just being outside of its containment causes reality to slowly start breaking down.



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': The Darkhold, one of the classic Marvel tomes, appears. Like its comic book counterpart, the book is centuries old and completely indestructible. It is also able to alter its contents according to the skills of the reader, such as changing its text to their first language, and allowing modern-day engineers to create devices far beyond the technology from the book's original time period. It also [[GoMadFromTheRevelation drives readers insane]]. When necessity required ''someone'' to read the book to save Coulson and Fitz from being trapped between dimensions, the android AIDA volunteered since her processing power would withstand the information overload and she could be rebooted if anything went wrong. The book even [[PostmodernMagick changed its text to binary code for her]]. She saved the day, but it appears to have given her [[BecomeARealBoy real emotions]], overwhelming her and sending her off the rails. [[spoiler: Except not, as her seemingly erratic actions were at the order of her creator [[MadScientist Dr. Radcliffe]], who was [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by merely ''glimpsing'' the book's contents.]]

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': The Darkhold, one of the classic Marvel tomes, appears.appears in Season 4. Like its comic book counterpart, the book is centuries old and completely indestructible. It is also able to alter its contents according to the skills of the reader, such as changing its text to their first language, and allowing modern-day engineers to create devices far beyond the technology from the book's original time period. It also [[GoMadFromTheRevelation drives readers insane]]. When necessity required ''someone'' to read the book to save Coulson and Fitz from being trapped between dimensions, the android AIDA volunteered since her processing power would withstand the information overload and she could be rebooted if anything went wrong. The book even [[PostmodernMagick changed its text to binary code for her]]. She saved the day, but it appears to have given her [[BecomeARealBoy real emotions]], overwhelming her and sending her off the rails. [[spoiler: Except not, as her seemingly erratic actions were at the order of her creator [[MadScientist Dr. Radcliffe]], who was [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by merely ''glimpsing'' the book's contents.]]]] In the season finale, it's explained that the Darkhold is able to defy all laws of physics and reality because it's from a different dimension of TheMultiverse.
23rd Jun '17 6:37:27 AM matruz
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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.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' features [[spoiler:a cookbook]] being treated as this. It's found in the "Dark Aisle" (i.e. [[spoiler: the place where the pots, pans, cook and cutlery kitchenware are located), 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.
13th Jun '17 9:58:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/DeadBeat'', "The Word of Kemmler" is a book written by the necromancer Kemmler, a major BigBad who was responsible for a whole mess of atrocities and other badness throughout history, up to ''and including'' WorldWarOne. Yes, all of it.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/DeadBeat'', "The Word of Kemmler" is a book written by the necromancer Kemmler, a major BigBad who was responsible for a whole mess of atrocities and other badness throughout history, up to ''and including'' WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Yes, all of it.
11th Jun '17 11:43:21 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* It doesn't have a name, but Winifred's book in ''Film/HocusPocus'' qualifies. Given to her by {{Satan}} himself, it is bound in human flesh and cannot be destroyed by any known method (when the protagonist tries to burn it, it doesn't burn). It's also ''alive'', proven by an eyeball set in the cover, which moves around on its own accord. Among the evil spells that Winnie casts from this book is the curse she places on Thackery which [[BalefulPolymorph turns him into a cat]] and makes him unable to die, and a spell which raises her ex-lover Billy from the dead as a zombie; it also contains the recipe for the potion used to keep her and her sisters forever young - at the cost of the lives of children.

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* It doesn't have a name, but Winifred's book in ''Film/HocusPocus'' qualifies. Given to her by {{Satan}} himself, it is bound in human flesh and cannot be destroyed by any known method (when the protagonist tries to burn it, it doesn't burn). It's also ''alive'', proven by an eyeball set in the cover, which moves around on its own accord. Among the evil spells that Winnie casts from this book is the curse she places on Thackery which [[BalefulPolymorph turns him into a cat]] and makes him unable to die, and a spell which raises her ex-lover Billy from the dead as a zombie; [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]]; it also contains the recipe for the potion used to keep her and her sisters forever young - at the cost of the lives of children.
10th Jun '17 1:06:55 PM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, one of the main characters, Sara Waite, is a young EldritchAbomination. She owns shelves full of these, and considers them ideal casual reading material. As long as she can remind them not to eat her friends.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, one of the main characters, Sara Waite, is a young EldritchAbomination. She owns shelves full of these, and considers them ideal casual reading material. As long as she can remind them not to eat her friends.



* The Necronomicon and ''The King in Yellow'' exist in the WhateleyUniverse, as does The First Book of the Kellith. Unfortunately for the future of said universe, that particular book was actually published as a horror novel, and it was a best seller.

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* The Necronomicon and ''The King in Yellow'' exist in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, as does The First Book of the Kellith. Unfortunately for the future of said universe, that particular book was actually published as a horror novel, and it was a best seller.
28th May '17 1:24:34 PM Psyclone
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* 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.

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* Creator/LRonHubbard claimed to have written a manuscript entitled ''Excalibur'' that caused people to go insane or commit suicide. Early Scientologists once sold copies of this manuscript for $1500.
28th May '17 1:23:35 PM Psyclone
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* ''TheCatcherInTheRye''. Most famously found in the possession of Mark David Chapman, the man who assassinated Music/JohnLennon who claimed inspiration for the act came from the book. The book has been further linked to other famous murderers and assassins. Conspiracy theorists have claimed that the book is somehow used by shadowy government forces as a trigger for sleeper assassins like in ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', something touched upon in several movies such as the Creator/MelGibson thriller ''Conspiracy Theory''.

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* ''TheCatcherInTheRye''. Most famously found in the possession of Mark David Chapman, the man who assassinated Music/JohnLennon who claimed inspiration for the act came from the book.book, as well as John Hinckley, Jr. UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's would be assassin. The book has been further linked to other famous murderers and assassins. Conspiracy theorists have claimed that the book is somehow used by shadowy government forces as a trigger for sleeper assassins like in ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', something touched upon in several movies such as the Creator/MelGibson thriller ''Conspiracy Theory''.
21st May '17 2:03:42 PM Beedle
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** The show parodied it in the first Treehouse of Horror episode, where one segment features an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's "Literature/TheRaven". When the line about reading the quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore comes around, we find Homer reading a book titled "Forgotten Lore, Volume III"

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** The show parodied it in the first Treehouse of Horror episode, where one segment features an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's "Literature/TheRaven". When the line about reading the quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore comes around, we find Homer reading a book titled "Forgotten Lore, Volume III"III".
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