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11th Jan '17 8:14:05 AM ZimFan89
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* The Darkhold from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. 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 [[BenevolentMadScientist Dr. Radcliffe]], who was [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by merely ''glimpsing'' the book's contents.]]

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* The Darkhold from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. 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 [[BenevolentMadScientist [[MadScientist Dr. Radcliffe]], who was [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by merely ''glimpsing'' the book's contents.]]
11th Jan '17 8:12:22 AM ZimFan89
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* The Darkhold from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. 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 remains to be seen how the Darkhold may have affected her.

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* The Darkhold from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. 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 remains appears to be seen how the Darkhold may have affected her.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 [[BenevolentMadScientist Dr. Radcliffe]], who was [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by merely ''glimpsing'' the book's contents.]]
9th Jan '17 6:03:48 AM falcon2484
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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_Man:_A_Technical_Manual_for_Independent_Contractors Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors]]'', written under the pseudonym "Rex Feral" and published by Paladin Press, is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin precisely what its title suggests]], a nonfiction step-by-step guide instructing the reader as to the best tools and techniques for committing a contract murder. The book was famously used in the planning and commission of at least one massacre—a 1993 triple homicide in Silver Spring, MD, with the perpetrator following the book's advice almost to the letter. In a landmark case, the victims' families sued Paladin Press and won, claiming that ''Hit Man'' had aided and abetted the killers. On the TV program ''American Justice'', author and First Amendment scholar Rod Smolla said that he could not leave the book by his bedside because it was "giving off evil vibrations." After the case, Paladin Press agreed to stop selling ''Hit Man'' and destroy the 7,000 copies it still possessed, but it's been estimated that there may be as many as 20,000 copies still in existence.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_Man:_A_Technical_Manual_for_Independent_Contractors Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors]]'', written under the pseudonym "Rex Feral" and published by Paladin Press, is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin precisely what its title suggests]], a nonfiction step-by-step guide instructing the reader as to the best tools and techniques for committing a contract murder. The book was famously used in the planning and commission of at least one massacre—a 1993 contracted triple homicide in Silver Spring, MD, with the perpetrator following the book's advice almost to the letter. letter. In a landmark case, the victims' families sued Paladin Press and won, claiming that ''Hit Man'' had aided and abetted the killers. killers. On the TV program ''American Justice'', author and First Amendment scholar Rod Smolla said that he could not leave the book by his bedside because it was "giving off evil vibrations." " After the case, Paladin Press agreed to stop selling ''Hit Man'' and destroy the 7,000 copies it still possessed, but it's been estimated that there may be as many as 20,000 copies still in existence.
9th Jan '17 5:54:50 AM falcon2484
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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.

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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.lead-lined box.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_Man:_A_Technical_Manual_for_Independent_Contractors Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors]]'', written under the pseudonym "Rex Feral" and published by Paladin Press, is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin precisely what its title suggests]], a nonfiction step-by-step guide instructing the reader as to the best tools and techniques for committing a contract murder. The book was famously used in the planning and commission of at least one massacre—a 1993 triple homicide in Silver Spring, MD, with the perpetrator following the book's advice almost to the letter. In a landmark case, the victims' families sued Paladin Press and won, claiming that ''Hit Man'' had aided and abetted the killers. On the TV program ''American Justice'', author and First Amendment scholar Rod Smolla said that he could not leave the book by his bedside because it was "giving off evil vibrations." After the case, Paladin Press agreed to stop selling ''Hit Man'' and destroy the 7,000 copies it still possessed, but it's been estimated that there may be as many as 20,000 copies still in existence.
8th Jan '17 9:06:39 AM nombretomado
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* ''EternalDarkness'' centers around one such tome, called ''The Tome of Eternal Darkness''. Crafted from human skin and bones, it does pretty much all the things mentioned above - summons the hordes of hell, allows the use of FunctionalMagic by employing InstantRunes - all of which you'll need to figure out how to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. And maybe, just maybe, get away with [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness your sanity intact]]...

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* ''EternalDarkness'' ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' centers around one such tome, called ''The Tome of Eternal Darkness''. Crafted from human skin and bones, it does pretty much all the things mentioned above - summons the hordes of hell, allows the use of FunctionalMagic by employing InstantRunes - all of which you'll need to figure out how to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. And maybe, just maybe, get away with [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness your sanity intact]]...
28th Dec '16 10:58:44 AM MiddleEighth
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*The Book of Characters in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' might count, though ultimately it's just a throwaway {{MacGuffin}} rather than any major influence on the world. Its main significance to the four is that after George destroys it to save lives, they're fined 150,000 Swords and threatened with jail/endless pursuit if they don't pay the fine. They spend several days struggling to get the money.
10th Dec '16 6:30:08 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story ''A Witch Shall Be Born'' the title witch did not mind when the magician who raised her drove her off.
-->''I could never endure to seclude myself in a golden tower, and spend the long hours staring into a crystal globe, mumbling over incantations written on serpent's skin in the blood of virgins, poring over musty volumes in forgotten languages.''
** This is a common ConanTheBarbarian trope.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian:
** In the
story ''A Witch Shall Be Born'' ''Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn'' the title witch did not mind when the magician who raised her drove her off.
-->''I --->''I could never endure to seclude myself in a golden tower, and spend the long hours staring into a crystal globe, mumbling over incantations written on serpent's skin in the blood of virgins, poring over musty volumes in forgotten languages.''
** %%** This is a common ConanTheBarbarian Conan trope.
9th Dec '16 8:57:42 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The eponymous book in ''Film/TheBabadook''. A ''pop-up book'', believe it or not, one which seems to be a bedtime story for kids, the book is not just magic and cursed, but alive, sort of. The monster seems to become more and more sapient the more the book is read, and stronger the more disbelieving adults deny that it's real, tormenting children and parents alike. Tearing the book up only makes it come back with a scarier story, and while burning it prevents that, but that doesn't get rid of the monster; the protagonist has to resort to [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath other methods to finally crush it.]]
7th Dec '16 12:20:43 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Grey's Almanac'' from the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' movies. Technically an ordinary sports almanac purchased in a conventional book store in the then-future year of 2015, this book truly matches the trope when brought 50 years into the past, as it contains information on the outcome of sports events from 1960 to 2000. Biff is able to use the knowledge to amass a fortune from gambling, eventually creating a BadFuture were he rules. Much like the typical cursed tome, burning it at the end of the second movie is required to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.



* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' has the [[AllThereInTheManual Handbook for the Recently Deceased]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which explains important things to know right after you die]], making it a rare instance of a Tome of Eldritch Lore that's actually ''helpful''. Unfortunately, it [[RunningGag reads like stereo instructions.]]

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* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' has the [[AllThereInTheManual Handbook for the Recently Deceased]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which explains important things to know right after you die]], making it a rare instance of a Tome of Eldritch Lore that's actually ''helpful''. Unfortunately, it isn't very reader-friendly, as it [[RunningGag reads like stereo instructions.]]
5th Dec '16 7:14:01 PM DesertDragon
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Villains collect these books for their step-by-step guides to bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. When read by the hapless, they tend to {{summon|ingArtifact}} TheLegionsOfHell into the mortal realm. When the books are read by the comic relief, HilarityEnsues.

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Villains collect these books for their step-by-step guides to bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.their evil plans. When read by the hapless, they tend to {{summon|ingArtifact}} TheLegionsOfHell into the mortal realm. When the books are read by the comic relief, HilarityEnsues.
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