History of the Necronomicon

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"History of the Necronomicon"
Author H. P. Lovecraft
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Horror short story
Publication date 1938

"History of the Necronomicon" is a short text written by H. P. Lovecraft in 1927, and published in 1938. It describes the fictional book the occult grimoire Necronomicon, a now-famous element used in several of his stories. It purports to be non-fiction, adding to the appearance of 'pseudo-authenticity' which Lovecraft valued in building his Cthulhu Mythos oeuvre. Accordingly, it supposes the history of the Necronomicon as the inspiration for Robert W. Chambers' "The King in Yellow", which concerns a book that overthrows the minds of those who read it

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