Necronomicon

The Necronomicon is a book written by the mad Arabic scholar Abdul Al'Hazred in 730 A.D. It is a history of Ancient Mu and an account of the religious beliefs of the Cult of Azathoth. It also contains a number of rituals, most of them extraordinarily dangerous to perform. It is obviously the product of mind that both brilliantly poetic and utterly insane. Even in translation, the writing is exceptionally vivid and provocative in it's imagery; in the original Arabic it is quite possibly the greatest poetry ever written. Many who have read the Necronomicon have been driven mad by it.

Excerpts:

"That is not dead, which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die."

"Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth."

"The wind gibbers with Their voices, and the earth mutters with Their consciousness. They bend the forest and crush the city, yet may not forest or city behold the hand that smites."

"Great Cthulhu is Their cousin, yet can he spy Them only dimly. Iä! Shub-Niggurath!"

"Nor is it to be thought…that man is either the oldest or the last of earth’s masters, or that the common bulk of life and substances walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen."