Saturday, January 28, 2006

Inconsequential Trivia

I am all caught up on reading my Bloglines subscriptions and there is still a good 15 minutes or so left in my pipe, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to comment on the name of this blog, since I haven't done it before and there may be a few readers who are still wondering how I came up with this name.

It's just a pun. Not a great pun, but a pun, nevertheless.

In 1922, weird tale author H.P. Lovecraft penned a short story titled The Hound. This was the first of his stories in which he mentioned an abhorréd tome called the Necronomicon.
Immediately upon beholding this amulet we knew that we must possess it; that this treasure alone was our logical pelf from the centuried grave. Even had its outlines been unfamiliar we would have desired it, but as we looked more closely we saw that it was not wholly unfamiliar. Alien it indeed was to all art and literature which sane and balanced readers know, but we recognized it as the thing hinted of in the forbidden Necronomicon of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred; the ghastly soul-symbol of the corpse-eating cult of inaccessible Leng, in Central Asia. All too well did we trace the sinister lineaments described by the old Arab daemonologist; lineaments, he wrote, drawn from some obscure supernatural manifestation of the souls of those who vexed and gnawed at the dead.
He continued to use this book many times throughout many other stories. It was an invention of his: a book filled with blasphemous magics and mind-shattering knowledge. In following tales, he added bits of information regarding its contents, and occasionally he would throw in an actual quote. It was one of the techniques he used to tie all--or at least, many--of his stories into an interconnected whole. No one knows for sure how he came up with the name. He could have dreamed it, since many of his stories were based on dreams. It could have been derived from the Astronomicon, which was an antique work on astronomy he had once read.

Some occultists think the book is real, and actually was originated by an Arab in 730 A.D. Or that it was channeled by Madame Blavatsky, or had something to do with Aleister Crowley, or any number of other people. I don't.

So that's all the title of this blog is. Just a pun. I harbor no illusions that this blog contains any dark wisdom that can make someone go insane. I have no Arabic ancestry, and I do not think that I am mad.

For further reference, you can always Google Yahoo the term. I recommend starting at The Truth About the Necronomicon at The H.P. Lovecraft Archive.