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The Strange Case of The Book of the Arab

Submitted by jimgoodspeed
Wed, 8 May 2013

"The Book of the Arab" is a mysterious publication which allegedly traces the history of the legendary Necronomicon. The Necronomicon is a central element in the horror stories of H.P Lovecraft. This much sought after grimoire is said to summon the Old Ones, alien god-like beings who are the focus of the Cthulhu Mythos. The notorious Necronomicon is reported to have been given the name Al Azif by its author Abdul Alhazred, "the Mad Arab," in 720 A.D. The Necronomicon first appeared in Lovecraft's short story "The Hound" in 1922. It is also mentioned in Lovecraft's stories "At the Mountains of Madness" and "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward."

"The Book of the Arab" was first mentioned in Colin Low's website titled The Necronomicon Anti-FAQ. He cites "The Book of the Arab" as his source for his condensed version of the history of the Necronomicon. The Book of the Arab was said by Low, to have been written by Justin Geoffry and published by Starry Wisdom Press in 1979.

In 2003, Daniel Harms, John Wisdom Gonce, 3rd, John Wisdom Gonce, III released the "Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind Lovecraft's Legend," which attempts to shed light on the sensational rumors surrounding the Necronomicon. The authors attempt to explain Colin Low's reference to "The Book of the Arab" in The Necronomicon Anti-FAQ. In the Necronomicon Files, the authors determined after a thorough investigation, including a search of the Library of Congress's online catalog that The Book of the Arab is a fictional invention of Colin Low. The authors also state that a person presumed to be Colin Low admitted on a news group to having manufactured the The Necronomicon Anti-FAQ to spread disinformation. The authors went on to say that Justin Geoffry is an imaginary poet appearing in one of Robert E. Howard stories. The Necronomicon Files also notes that Starry Wisdom Cult appears in Lovecraft's The Haunter of the Dark.

In 2012, a publication titled "The Book of the Arab: The Veritable History of Al Azif" authored by one, Justin Geoffry, was released by Starry Wisdom Press. The Library of Congress online catalog shows an entry for this book with Justin Geoffry as the author and Starry Wisdom Press as the publisher. A press release by Starry Wisdom Press contends that the book was suppressed by underground cults bent on maintaining the secrecy of the Necronomicon. Some of the events and historical figures referenced in this book are fact while others are uncertain.

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• The Necronomicon Anti-FAQ, http://www.digital-brilliance.com, Colin Low, September 1995
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• The History of the Necronomicon, H.P. Lovecraft, June 1989, Necronomicon Press, ISBN 978-0318047157
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• At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels by H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi and James Turner, Nov 1985, Arkham House Publishers Inc., ISBN 978-0870540387
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Jim Goodspeed is an avid reader of Cthulhu Mythos. Jim enjoys science fiction and horror movies. He is employed as a government consultant for various scientific studies. Jim lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, two children, and a Beagle.


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