I would like to mark my return (which I hope will be definitive) by launching a topic on the 3 necronomicons I experienced: Simon's version (bragelonne) the edition "testimony of the demented Arab", with the spiral in the middle of the cover. the version of D Tyson first version, Simon's necronomicon Simon's version: silver linings Simon delivers a true history of esotericism, quite complete and tries to reveal the connections between the different mystical cults of the World and the Cult of Cthulhu. The "story of discovery" part is easy to read and resembles an airport novel. The complete edition presents the book of spells and seal rituals. Negative points Simon has no precise knowledge of Lovecraft and his grimoire focuses on the adoration of the Very Ancients (the opponents of the Great Ancients and thus of Cthulhu). The demented Arabic is described as a kind of paladin opposed to the Great Ancients. Global score 5/10, good esoteric corpus but wrong message
2nd version: the testimony of the demented Arabic (anonymous collective) Strong points: a "real" presentation, with the explanation of the method that allowed the decryption, a corpus of writings by lovecraft or his peers, with writings about the author himself. Reflections that sometimes lead to a philosophy close to that of the Cult, in certain aspects. The Necronomicon part presents rituals that are coherent with those evoked by lovecraft. Weak points: The work concentrates especially in a collection of text, the part given to the Necronomicon is rather weak, a layout and a content that makes rather commercial and "makes fun" of the occult work. Grade: 6/10, an interesting point of view of the document, but not consistent enough, it looks more like a melting-pot of Lovecraftian texts.
3rd version: the grimoire of the Necronomicon, by Donlald Tyson Strong points: a good understanding of the Lovecraftian system and the will to accompany the Adept in his progression towards the Ancient Gods, the final "sponsorship" system is very interesting, since it allows the apprentice sorcerer to choose a Great Elder as spiritual guide, the rituals are quite advanced, coresponding to those evoked by Lovecraft and others, more complex. The author does not try to create a version of the Book, but to bring a complementary text. Weaknesses: No common points with Lovecraft's Necronomicon. Note: 7/10, A very good work, to be used in one's practice of Art and for one's Occult path, or for one's own culture, nevertheless it is not THE Necronomicon.
None of the texts mentioned, as well as the other Necronomicons, could be The True Version of the Necronomicon, this book, if it exists at all, simply cannot be accessible for 20$ on Amazon, it would be nonsense. Perhaps it is only a metaphor of a knowledge that every Adept must discover within himself, through study and encounter with the Great Ancients. Lovecraft's Necronomicon is never evoked alone, always in the company of other books whose existence is proven. Thus it is all the books that a Cultist will read that will allow him to write his own version of the Necronomicon, the one that will allow him to be a better version of himself. Fraternally and may they rise Lucius Eilbaum