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The Madness of Abdul al Hazred by GrafGunther The Madness of Abdul al Hazred by GrafGunther
The History of the Necronomicon
By H. P. Lovecraft

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Original title Al Azif—azif being the word used by Arabs to designate that nocturnal sound (made by insects) suppos’d to be the howling of daemons.

Composed by Abdul Alhazred, a mad poet of Sanaá, in Yemen, who is said to have flourished during the period of the Ommiade caliphs, circa 700 A.D. He visited the ruins of Babylon and the subterranean secrets of Memphis and spent ten years alone in the great southern desert of Arabia—the Roba el Khaliyeh or “Empty Space” of the ancients—and “Dahna” or “Crimson” desert of the modern Arabs, which is held to be inhabited by protective evil spirits and monsters of death. Of this desert many strange and unbelievable marvels are told by those who pretend to have penetrated it. In his last years Alhazred dwelt in Damascus, where the Necronomicon (Al Azif) was written, and of his final death or disappearance (738 A.D.) many terrible and conflicting things are told. He is said by Ebn Khallikan (12th cent. biographer) to have been seized by an invisible monster in broad daylight and devoured horribly before a large number of fright-frozen witnesses. Of his madness many things are told. He claimed to have seen fabulous Irem, or City of Pillars, and to have found beneath the ruins of a certain nameless desert town the shocking annals and secrets of a race older than mankind. He was only an indifferent Moslem, worshipping unknown entities whom he called Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu.

In A.D. 950 the Azif, which had gained a considerable tho’ surreptitious circulation amongst the philosophers of the age, was secretly translated into Greek by Theodorus Philetas of Constantinople under the title Necronomicon. For a century it impelled certain experimenters to terrible attempts, when it was suppressed and burnt by the patriarch Michael. After this it is only heard of furtively, but (1228) Olaus Wormius made a Latin translation later in the Middle Ages, and the Latin text was printed twice—once in the fifteenth century in black-letter (evidently in Germany) and once in the seventeenth (prob. Spanish)—both editions being without identifying marks, and located as to time and place by internal typographical evidence only. The work both Latin and Greek was banned by Pope Gregory IX in 1232, shortly after its Latin translation, which called attention to it. The Arabic original was lost as early as Wormius’ time, as indicated by his prefatory note; and no sight of the Greek copy—which was printed in Italy between 1500 and 1550—has been reported since the burning of a certain Salem man’s library in 1692. An English translation made by Dr. Dee was never printed, and exists only in fragments recovered from the original manuscript. Of the Latin texts now existing one (15th cent.) is known to be in the British Museum under lock and key, while another (17th cent.) is in the Bibliothèque Nationale at Paris. A seventeenth-century edition is in the Widener Library at Harvard, and in the library of Miskatonic University at Arkham. Also in the library of the University of Buenos Ayres. Numerous other copies probably exist in secret, and a fifteenth-century one is persistently rumoured to form part of the collection of a celebrated American millionaire. A still vaguer rumour credits the preservation of a sixteenth-century Greek text in the Salem family of Pickman; but if it was so preserved, it vanished with the artist R.U. Pickman, who disappeared early in 1926. The book is rigidly suppressed by the authorities of most countries, and by all branches of organised ecclesiasticism. Reading leads to terrible consequences. It was from rumours of this book (of which relatively few of the general public know) that R.W. Chambers is said to have derived the idea of his early novel The King in Yellow.
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Lizardmansandwich Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Fall into the endless Void... Great job. Very trustworthy.  
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Orakih Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
freaking awesome.!
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GrafGunther Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Razielus91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding and powerful picture.
Cosmic horror, madness, infinity, creation and destruction
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GrafGunther Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! That's the way i imagine lovecraft's universe!
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Quest007 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning image!
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GrafGunther Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Yea, mad indeed.
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GrafGunther Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Abdul quite his medicine! ehehhe
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Writer
You said it.
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ZiCompton Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   General Artist
Nice work, you catched the atmosphere!
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GrafGunther Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! But being very self-critical i think its possible get even deeper within Lovecraft universe. I'll be working on that! Hope to have your opinion about it!
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ZiCompton Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012   General Artist
I think, in case with Lovecraft the depth is infinite... :)
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GrafGunther Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! Ahead and "beyond the spheres"! It's something very "lovecraft"!
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
poweful and fascinating!
it nearly(apothep) make you feel as if...

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GrafGunther Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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