I actually like liked “Alhazred” quite a bit — I would put it more on the order of 8 out of 10 instead of 5/10. It was a unique take on the mad Arab that owed as much to sword and sorcery as anything else. If there’s one complaint I have it’s that it wasn’t particularly Lovecraftian; it paid lip service to the mythos but never FELT like Lovecraft. That aside, it was a very cool fantasy adventure in a weird world, and I was disappointed when I discovered there was no sequel.
For those of you who don’t know The Necronomicon is not a book of witchcraft (although there are many people out there who will claim that it is), but is a fictional book invented by H.P. Lovecraft for his story “The Hound” which was published in the February 1924 edition of Weird Tales. This fictional book has since been written, edited, or published by Owlswick Press in 1973, ‘Simon’ in the late 1970s, George Hay in 1978, ‘Petrus de Dacia’ in 1994, and Donald Tyson in 2004. There has been much controversy over the book because some of the earlier version(espeically the Simon Necronomicon) claim to be actual historical texts and have relatively little to do with Lovecraft’s work. However, The Necronomicon Files (originally published in 1998 and later revised and expanded in 2003) prove fairly conclusively that,
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