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1st Feb '16 6:23:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''Du Svardenvyrd'' (The Weird of the Swords) in TadWilliams' ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy is a perfectly straight example of this trope. Written by a mad prophet, it causes mortals who read it to GoMadFromTheRevelation, and it is eventually revealed that the book is basically an instruction manual for summoning the undead [[BigBad Storm King]] back into the world. Notable in that the book doesn't have any inherent mystical power, but the secrets it reveals are too much for a sane mind to accept.
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* ''Du Svardenvyrd'' (The Weird of the Swords) in TadWilliams' Creator/TadWilliams' ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' trilogy is a perfectly straight example of this trope. Written by a mad prophet, it causes mortals who read it to GoMadFromTheRevelation, and it is eventually revealed that the book is basically an instruction manual for summoning the undead [[BigBad Storm King]] back into the world. Notable in that the book doesn't have any inherent mystical power, but the secrets it reveals are too much for a sane mind to accept.
20th Jan '16 8:10:32 PM VinceM
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* ''NightOfTheDemon'' - cult leader Karswell has one of the only copies of an ancient tome on witchcraft and demonology, written in ancient runes he claims are unreadable - though it turns out he has the translation, and uses it.
8th Jan '16 12:18:18 PM KarenSDR
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* ''The Book of Weird'' (also titled ''The Glass Harmonica'') by Barbara Ninde Byfield. It's a relatively modern book, mostly tongue-in-cheek, but has that grimoire feel.
18th Dec '15 11:10:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''ShadowHearts'' has the Emigre Manuscript, a book so evil that it even has skull-shaped pages. Its main selling point is that it contains instructions on how to bring someone BackFromTheDead, something attempted in all four games of the series. Unfortunately, most attempts end up as grotesque {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
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* ''ShadowHearts'' ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' has the Emigre Manuscript, a book so evil that it even has skull-shaped pages. Its main selling point is that it contains instructions on how to bring someone BackFromTheDead, something attempted in all four games of the series. Unfortunately, most attempts end up as grotesque {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
28th Nov '15 8:27:41 PM nombretomado
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* The Codex in TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel series.
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* The Codex in TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' series.
28th Nov '15 1:31:12 PM karstovich2
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-->-- '''Diabolique''', "Darkhold #10"
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-->-- '''Diabolique''', "Darkhold "[[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Darkhold]] #10"
5th Nov '15 1:14:51 AM Deblin
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** A less literal version of this is pretty much universal in any religion concurrent with or predating early Christianity. While it wasn't usually a literal book due to low literacy rates even among priests, secret rituals and prayers giving the priest greater influence on various things were pretty much par for the course, especially in early Hinduism and the Roman mystery cults. Some [[ChurchOfHappyology current religions]] still work like this.
29th Oct '15 5:13:18 PM WillKeaton
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** A lot of Scientology is filled with this same principle. Take for example, the infamous Xenu story[[note]]75,000,000 years ago, Xenu was the head of a Galactic Confederation of Planets. The confederation suffered from overpopulation, so he abducted large numbers of beings, froze them, and flew them to Earth, where he arranged them around the bases of volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. He then captured the thetans (souls) of these beings and brainwashed them with images of all the religious imagery that exists today, including the entire story of Christ. Upon release, these thetans clumped together and attached themselves to our ancestors, and through various incarnations they remain attached to us today.[[/note]]; if you try to cure yourself of its effects, it's supposed to trigger a sudden, fatal onset of pneumonia.
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** A lot of Scientology is filled with this same principle. Take for example, the infamous Xenu story[[note]]75,000,000 story.[[note]]75,000,000 years ago, Xenu was the head of a Galactic Confederation of Planets. The confederation suffered from overpopulation, so he abducted large numbers of beings, froze them, and flew them to Earth, where he arranged them around the bases of volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. He then captured the thetans (souls) of these beings and brainwashed them with images of all the religious imagery that exists today, including the entire story of Christ. Upon release, these thetans clumped together and attached themselves to our ancestors, and through various incarnations they remain attached to us today.[[/note]]; if [[/note]] If you try to cure yourself of its effects, it's supposed to trigger a sudden, fatal onset of pneumonia.

* Harvard's library has [[https://roadtrippers.com/blog/harvard-discovers-three-of-its-library-books-are-bound-in-human-flesh three books bound in human flesh]], hoewever they're just about Roman poetry, French philosophy, and medieval Spanish law (that one's skin taken from one flayed alive). And apparently the practice wasn't that uncommon in the 17th century, though mostly for anatomy textbooks.
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* Harvard's library has [[https://roadtrippers.com/blog/harvard-discovers-three-of-its-library-books-are-bound-in-human-flesh three books bound in human flesh]], flesh,]] hoewever they're just about Roman poetry, French philosophy, and medieval Spanish law (that one's skin taken from one flayed alive). And apparently the practice wasn't that uncommon in the 17th century, though mostly for anatomy textbooks.
29th Oct '15 5:12:21 PM WillKeaton
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* In Creator/BenCounter's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Galaxy In Flames'', Loken runs across a book that changes languages (and alphabets) under his gaze, gives him horrific visions, and convinces him that the OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions view of the Empire is wrong.
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* In Creator/BenCounter's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Galaxy In Flames'', Loken runs across a book that changes languages (and alphabets) under his gaze, gives him horrific visions, and convinces him that the OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions view of the Empire is wrong.

* ''Webcomic/{{Thingpart}}'': [[http://www.jsayers.com/thingpart/thingpart117.html "Profound Impact"]].
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* ''Webcomic/{{Thingpart}}'': [[http://www.jsayers.com/thingpart/thingpart117.html "Profound Impact"]].Impact."]]
29th Oct '15 5:11:11 PM WillKeaton
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* The ''Thousand And One Nights'' aka ''Literature/ArabianNights'' is said to drive to madness anyone who reads the entire work. It's online at Project Gutenberg for anyone who's curious enough to try it. [[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3435]]
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* The ''Thousand And One Nights'' aka ''Literature/ArabianNights'' is said to drive to madness anyone who reads the entire work. It's online at Project Gutenberg for anyone who's curious enough to try it. [[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3435]]org/etext/3435 It's online at Project Gutenberg for anyone who's curious enough to try it.]]

** Webcomic/{{Xkcd}} provides a compelling, if unorthodox, explanation for the [[http://xkcd.com/593/ Voynich Manuscript]].
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** Webcomic/{{Xkcd}} provides a compelling, if unorthodox, explanation for the [[http://xkcd.com/593/ Voynich Manuscript]].Manuscript.]]

* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimorium_Verum Grimorium Verum]], which is an occult manual generally though to be written during the 18th century, though the authorship purports to be from the early 16th century, and derived from King Solomon. Interestingly, it nicely averts FantasyGunControl.
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimorium_Verum Grimorium Verum]], Verum,]] which is an occult manual generally though to be written during the 18th century, though the authorship purports to be from the early 16th century, and derived from King Solomon. Interestingly, it nicely averts FantasyGunControl.
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