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The Strange Case of The Book of the Arab

“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 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.

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