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12th Apr '18 9:18:48 AM spydre
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* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Necronomicon]]'' is the TropeCodifier. In addition to its cameos and parodies in all sorts of movies, books and TV shows, almost all modern instances of the trope owe something to it. The name is so ingrained in Western culture that many people think the book is real. To a degree this is helped by several companies [[{{Defictionalization}} printing versions of the ''Necronomicon'']] (The "My first Necronomicon", a guide to the Cthulhu mythos for children, is done in soft felt.) Although, unlike many later appearances in other media, there's nothing specifically dangerous about the actual, physical book in Lovecraft's stories. Instead, [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow it's what it reveals about our place in the universe]] that drives people mad.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Necronomicon]]'' is the TropeCodifier.TropeCodifier and quasi-TropeNamer ("Eldritch", meaning "otherworldly", is a word pretty much only used either by HP Lovecraft or writers trying to sound like him). In addition to its cameos and parodies in all sorts of movies, books and TV shows, almost all modern instances of the trope owe something to it. The name is so ingrained in Western culture that many people think the book is real. To a degree this is helped by several companies [[{{Defictionalization}} printing versions of the ''Necronomicon'']] (The "My first Necronomicon", a guide to the Cthulhu mythos for children, is done in soft felt.) Although, unlike many later appearances in other media, there's nothing specifically dangerous about the actual, physical book in Lovecraft's stories. Instead, [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow it's what it reveals about our place in the universe]] that drives people mad.
12th Apr '18 5:50:36 AM moloch
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* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Necronomicon]]'' is the TropeCodifier. In addition to its cameos and parodies in all sorts of movies, books and TV shows, almost all modern instances of the trope owe something to it. The name is so ingrained in Western culture that many people think the book is real. To a degree this is helped by several companies [[{{Defictionalization}} printing versions of the ''Necronomicon'']] (The "My first Necronomicon", a guide to the Cthulhu mythos for children, is done in soft felt.)

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* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Necronomicon]]'' is the TropeCodifier. In addition to its cameos and parodies in all sorts of movies, books and TV shows, almost all modern instances of the trope owe something to it. The name is so ingrained in Western culture that many people think the book is real. To a degree this is helped by several companies [[{{Defictionalization}} printing versions of the ''Necronomicon'']] (The "My first Necronomicon", a guide to the Cthulhu mythos for children, is done in soft felt.)) Although, unlike many later appearances in other media, there's nothing specifically dangerous about the actual, physical book in Lovecraft's stories. Instead, [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow it's what it reveals about our place in the universe]] that drives people mad.



** The ''Necronomicon'' is not the only book of dark lore that appears in works by the original Magazine/WeirdTales circle. Some of the others include the ''Liber Ivonis'' or ''Book of Eibon'' (Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's tome of choice), Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Nameless Cults'' or ''Die Unaussprechliche Kulten'' (which Lovecraft thought was German for "unspeakable cults", but actually closer to "unpronounceable". Given [[TheUnpronounceable the names of the Great Old Ones]], it's probably more appropriate that way.) ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' was Creator/RobertBloch's, as was ''Cultes des Goules''. ''The Book of Iod'' was Creator/HenryKuttner. The genesis of the "Cthulhu Mythos" was all these writers freely referred to each other's books in their stories, to create a sense of verisimilitude. Given how people have been known to believe the Necromicon was actually real, it obviously worked.

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** The ''Necronomicon'' is not the only book of dark lore that appears in works by the original Magazine/WeirdTales circle. Some of the others include the ''Liber Ivonis'' or ''Book of Eibon'' (Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's tome of choice), Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Nameless Cults'' or ''Die Unaussprechliche Kulten'' (which Lovecraft thought was German for "unspeakable cults", but actually closer to "unpronounceable". Given [[TheUnpronounceable the names of the Great Old Ones]], it's probably more appropriate that way.) ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' was Creator/RobertBloch's, as was ''Cultes des Goules''. ''The Book of Iod'' was Creator/HenryKuttner. ''The Revelations of Glaaki'' are [[CampbellCountry Ramsey Campbell's]] version. The genesis of the "Cthulhu Mythos" was all these writers freely referred to each other's books in their stories, to create a sense of verisimilitude. Given how people have been known to believe the Necromicon was actually real, it obviously worked.
12th Apr '18 5:44:34 AM moloch
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* The Necronomicon is also a common ShoutOut in other works (see ''Franchise/EvilDead''):
** It's mentioned briefly in ''[[Literature/{{Magnus}} Wayfarer]]''. It is said that memorizing verses from it and intense training allows an occult student to pierce the veil which angels and demons hide from humanity.
** The ''Necronomicon'' is mentioned in the Global Level section of ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' as a possible source of overwhelming magical power. [[spoiler:This is subverted by the fact that those who get the most out of it are Bibliomancers, who gain power by acquiring rare books.]]
* Several books called the ''The Necronomicon'' have been published, including:
** A collection of short stories about the fictional ''Necronomicon'' by Creator/HPLovecraft and other writers.
** A collection of artworks by Creator/HRGiger.
** At least two books purporting to be the "real" ''Necronomicon'', which contains a hodgepodge of Sumerian mythology, Hermetic lore, Kabbalah and other mystical writings. In no way do these stories relate to Lovecraft's works, however.
** One written by Donald Tyson that details the 'wanderings of Alhazred', and so would be closer to Lovecraft's original idea.
** At least one collection of Lovecraft's writings.
* The ''Necronomicon'' is not the only book of dark lore that appears in works by the original WeirdFiction circle. Some of the others include the ''Liber Ivonis'' or ''Book of Eibon'' (Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's tome of choice), Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Nameless Cults'' or ''Die Unaussprechliche Kulten'' (which Lovecraft thought was German for "unspeakable cults", but actually closer to "unpronounceable". Given [[TheUnpronounceable the names of the Great Old Ones]], it's probably more appropriate that way.) ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' was Creator/RobertBloch's, as was ''Cultes des Goules''. ''The Book of Iod'' was Creator/HenryKuttner. The genesis of the "Cthulhu Mythos" was all these writers freely referred to each other's books in their stories, to create a sense of verisimilitude. Given how people have been known to believe the Necromicon was actually real, it obviously worked.
** ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' has an important role in Creator/StephenKing's short story ''[[Literature/NightShift Jerusalem's Lot]]'', a homage to Lovecraft. ''Necronomicon'' briefly appears in another short story, ''I Know What You Need''.

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* ** The Necronomicon is also a common ShoutOut in other works (see ''Franchise/EvilDead''):
** *** It's mentioned briefly in ''[[Literature/{{Magnus}} Wayfarer]]''. It is said that memorizing verses from it and intense training allows an occult student to pierce the veil which angels and demons hide from humanity.
** *** The ''Necronomicon'' is mentioned in the Global Level section of ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' as a possible source of overwhelming magical power. [[spoiler:This is subverted by the fact that those who get the most out of it are Bibliomancers, who gain power by acquiring rare books.]]
* ** Several books called the ''The Necronomicon'' have been published, including:
** *** A collection of short stories about the fictional ''Necronomicon'' by Creator/HPLovecraft and other writers.
** *** A collection of artworks by Creator/HRGiger.
** *** At least two books purporting to be the "real" ''Necronomicon'', which contains a hodgepodge of Sumerian mythology, Hermetic lore, Kabbalah and other mystical writings. In no way do these stories relate to Lovecraft's works, however.
** *** One written by Donald Tyson that details the 'wanderings of Alhazred', and so would be closer to Lovecraft's original idea.
** At least one collection *** Many omnibus collections of Lovecraft's writings.
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stories.
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The ''Necronomicon'' is not the only book of dark lore that appears in works by the original WeirdFiction Magazine/WeirdTales circle. Some of the others include the ''Liber Ivonis'' or ''Book of Eibon'' (Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's tome of choice), Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Nameless Cults'' or ''Die Unaussprechliche Kulten'' (which Lovecraft thought was German for "unspeakable cults", but actually closer to "unpronounceable". Given [[TheUnpronounceable the names of the Great Old Ones]], it's probably more appropriate that way.) ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' was Creator/RobertBloch's, as was ''Cultes des Goules''. ''The Book of Iod'' was Creator/HenryKuttner. The genesis of the "Cthulhu Mythos" was all these writers freely referred to each other's books in their stories, to create a sense of verisimilitude. Given how people have been known to believe the Necromicon was actually real, it obviously worked.
** *** ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' has an important role in Creator/StephenKing's short story ''[[Literature/NightShift Jerusalem's Lot]]'', a homage to Lovecraft. ''Necronomicon'' briefly appears in another short story, ''I Know What You Need''.
12th Apr '18 5:41:04 AM moloch
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* The ''Necronomicon'' is not the only book of dark lore that appears in Lovecraft's mythos. Some of the others include ''De Vermis Mysteriis'', ''Liber Ivonis'' (The Book of Eibon), ''Cultes des Goules'' and ''Die Unaussprechliche Kulten'' (which Lovecraft thought was German for "unspeakable cults", but actually closer to "unpronounceable". Given [[TheUnpronounceable the names of the Great Old Ones]], it's probably more appropriate that way.)
** Actually, there was a circle of Lovecraftian writers, and pretty much each invented his own eldritch book. The ''Necronomicon'' was of course Lovecraft's. ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' was Creator/RobertBloch, as was ''Cultes des Goules''. ''Liber Ivonis'' was Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith. ''Die Unaussprechliche Kulten'' was Creator/RobertEHoward. ''The Book of Iod'' was Creator/HenryKuttner. All these writers freely referred to each other's books in their stories, along with references to other elements as well.

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* The ''Necronomicon'' is not the only book of dark lore that appears in Lovecraft's mythos. works by the original WeirdFiction circle. Some of the others include ''De Vermis Mysteriis'', the ''Liber Ivonis'' (The Book or ''Book of Eibon), ''Cultes des Goules'' and Eibon'' (Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's tome of choice), Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Nameless Cults'' or ''Die Unaussprechliche Kulten'' (which Lovecraft thought was German for "unspeakable cults", but actually closer to "unpronounceable". Given [[TheUnpronounceable the names of the Great Old Ones]], it's probably more appropriate that way.)
** Actually, there was a circle of Lovecraftian writers, and pretty much each invented his own eldritch book. The ''Necronomicon'' was of course Lovecraft's.
) ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' was Creator/RobertBloch, Creator/RobertBloch's, as was ''Cultes des Goules''. ''Liber Ivonis'' was Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith. ''Die Unaussprechliche Kulten'' was Creator/RobertEHoward.Goules''. ''The Book of Iod'' was Creator/HenryKuttner. All The genesis of the "Cthulhu Mythos" was all these writers freely referred to each other's books in their stories, along with references to other elements as well.create a sense of verisimilitude. Given how people have been known to believe the Necromicon was actually real, it obviously worked.
7th Apr '18 9:41:15 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries''. Sure, it seems like just a controversial underground novel and work of fiction written by a White Supremacist (okay, that may be a rather overt understatement) but members of American law enforcement knew this book was potentially trouble ''long'' before a great many incidents were inspired by it. Most notably, it inspired Timothy [=McVeigh=] to orchestrate the Oklahoma City bombing. One FBI agent said that when he heard of the attack, he was reminded of the book "within the hour". Also, several murders that were ruled as hate-crimes were committed by people who read this book, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turner_Diaries#Crimes_associated_with_the_book a full list here.]]

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* ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries''. Sure, it seems like just a controversial underground novel and work of fiction written by a White Supremacist white supremacist (okay, that may be a rather overt understatement) but members understatement). Underneath that, however, it was intended by its author, National Alliance leader William Luther Pierce (writing under the PenName Andrew Macdonald), as a manual for organizing a white supremacist revolution, using a novel as a hook and a FramingDevice. Members of American law enforcement knew this book was potentially trouble ''long'' before a great many incidents were inspired by it. Most notably, it inspired Timothy [=McVeigh=] to orchestrate the Oklahoma City bombing. One FBI agent said that when he heard of the attack, he was reminded of the book "within the hour". Also, several murders that were ruled as hate-crimes were committed by people who read this book, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turner_Diaries#Crimes_associated_with_the_book a full list here.]]
10th Mar '18 7:28:49 PM CountDorku
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* [[http://weatherfactory.biz/cs/main_ui.html Cultist Simulator]] has ''The Locksmith's Dream'' and ''History of the War of the Roads (Censored Edition)''. The latter deals with a pact formed by one History's England with the Forge of Days; the former, with the thirty [[EldritchAbomination Hours]], and the author [[GoMadFromTheRevelation goes mad from the revelation]] before finishing. You can also create your own in the form of the Atlas of Dreams, based on sanity-searing nocturnal explorations of the [[EldritchLocation Mansus]] where the Hours dwell.

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* [[http://weatherfactory.biz/cs/main_ui.html Cultist Simulator]] has ''The Locksmith's Dream'' and ''History A fair chunk of the War gameplay of the Roads (Censored Edition)''. The latter deals with a pact formed by one History's England with the Forge ''VideoGame/CultistSimulator'' consists of Days; the former, with the thirty [[EldritchAbomination Hours]], and the author [[GoMadFromTheRevelation goes mad buying these from the revelation]] before finishing. You can also create your own in the form Morland's shop, stealing them from Strathcoyne's library, and studying them to turn them into snippets of the Atlas of Dreams, based on sanity-searing nocturnal explorations of the [[EldritchLocation Mansus]] where the Hours dwell.lore.
7th Mar '18 3:17:18 PM ZimFan89
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** The ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Word of Kemmler]]'' appears in the sequel.
** The trope is also parodied in the sequel, with [[TheGadfly Doctor Strange]] supplying Harry with a number of relevant books, often with snarky titles. Examples include: ''Blood Magic for Morons'', ''Everything You Wanted To Know About Vampires But Were Too Afraid To Ask'', ''[[{{Series/Discworld}} The Necrotelecomnicon]]'' ('The Phonebook of the Dead'), and ''Liber Paginarum Fulvarum'' ('The Book of Yellow Pages').

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** The ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Word of Kemmler]]'' appears in the sequel.
sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past''.
** The trope is also parodied in the said sequel, with [[TheGadfly Doctor Strange]] supplying Harry with a number of relevant books, often with snarky titles. Examples include: ''Blood Magic for Morons'', ''Everything You Wanted To Know About Vampires But Were Too Afraid To Ask'', ''[[{{Series/Discworld}} ''[[{{Literature/Discworld}} The Necrotelecomnicon]]'' ('The Phonebook of the Dead'), and ''Liber Paginarum Fulvarum'' ('The Book of Yellow Pages').
5th Mar '18 8:23:23 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': [[spoiler:Vampire Lord discovers one called 'Worlds of Darkness', written by ''Melinda'', in his bookshelf. This is what clues him in that his "humble" home is actually Melinda's castle, which had somehow been transported to the Underworld.]]
25th Feb '18 10:09:08 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** The ''Word of Kemmler'' appears in the sequel.
** The trope is also parodied in the sequel, with [[TheGadfly Doctor Strange]] supplying Harry with a number of relevant books, often with snarky titles. Examples include: ''Blood Magic for Morons'', ''[[{{Series/Discworld}} The Necrotelecomnicon]]'' ('The Phonebook of the Dead'), and ''Liber Paginarum Fulvarum'' ('The Book of Yellow Pages').

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** The ''Word ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Word of Kemmler'' Kemmler]]'' appears in the sequel.
** The trope is also parodied in the sequel, with [[TheGadfly Doctor Strange]] supplying Harry with a number of relevant books, often with snarky titles. Examples include: ''Blood Magic for Morons'', ''Everything You Wanted To Know About Vampires But Were Too Afraid To Ask'', ''[[{{Series/Discworld}} The Necrotelecomnicon]]'' ('The Phonebook of the Dead'), and ''Liber Paginarum Fulvarum'' ('The Book of Yellow Pages').
25th Feb '18 10:05:33 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** The ''Word of Kemmler'' appears in the sequel.
** The trope is also parodied in the sequel, with [[TheGadfly Doctor Strange]] supplying Harry with a number of relevant books, often with snarky titles. Examples include: ''Blood Magic for Morons'', ''[[{{Series/Discworld}} The Necrotelecomnicon]]'' ('The Phonebook of the Dead'), and ''Liber Paginarum Fulvarum'' ('The Book of Yellow Pages').
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