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A SKEPITCAL LOOK  AT  FAMOUS OCCULTISTS     
   by The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom

 HOWARD PHILIPS LOVECRAFT (1890-1937)


 Was not even really even an occultist, but just a writer of short horror stories who was virtually unknown in his day. Many would be Harry Potters assume that he was an occultist because his short stories that he wrote usually centered around a spell book called "The Necronomicon". Lovecraft told people on numerous occasions there was no real Necronomicon.

 "..I read the Arabian Nights at the age of five. In those days I used to dress up in a turban, burnt-cork a beard on my face, and call myself by the synthetic name (Allah only knows where I got it!) of Abdul Alhazred - which I later revived, in memory of old times, to confer on the hypothetical author of the hypothetical Necronomicon!"  (from a letter to Robert E. Howard, October 4, 1930)

 "As for writing the Necronomicon - I wish I had the energy and ingenuity to do it! I fear it would be quite a job in view of the very diverse passages and intimations which I have in the course of time attributed to it! I might, though, issue an abridged Necronomicon - containing such parts as are considereed at least reasonably safe for the perusal of mankind! When von Juntz's Black Book and the poems of Justin Geoffrey are on the market, I shall certainly have to think about the immortalisation of old Abdul!" (from a letter to Robert E. Howard, May 7, 1932)

 "By the way - there is no ‘Necronomicon of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred ’  That hellish & forbidden volume is an imaginative conception of mine, which others of the [Weird Tales magazine] group have also used as a background of allusion." (from a letter to Robert Bloch, May 9, 1933)

 "As for the "Necronomicon" - this month's triple use of such allusions is bringing me in an unusual number of inquiries concerning the real nature & obtainability of Alhazred's, Eibon's, & von Junzt's works. In each case I am frankly confessing the fakery involved." ( from a letter to Robert Bloch dated early to mid July 1933)

 "Regarding the Necronomicon - I must confess that this monstrous & abhorred volume is merely a figment of my own imagination! Inventing horrible books is quite a pastime among devotees of the weird, & . . . many of the regular W.T. contributors have such things to their credit - or discredit. It rather amuses the different writers to use one another's synthetic demons & imaginary books in their stories - so that Clark Ashton Smith often speaks of my Necronomicon while I refer to his Book of Eibon . . & so on. This pooling of resources tends to build up quite a pseudo-convincing background of dark mythology, legendry, & bibliography - though of course none of us has the least wish actually to mislead readers." ( from a letter to Miss Margaret Sylvester, dated January 13, 1934)

      Far from being a believer in magic, in reality, Lovecraft was, in fact, an atheist. He was also a white supremacist who even collaborated with the Nazis before the outbreak of WWII. The Nazis approached Lovecraft to write the American equivalent of Mein Kampf. Lovecraft was bigoted enough that he agreed to do it. Fortunately a friend and his ex-wife talked him out of it.

     Lovecraft's racism has not gone unnoticed among scholars, either. Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi has said  "There is no denying the reality of Lovecraft's racism, nor can it merely be passed off as ‘typical of his time,’ for it appears that Lovecraft expressed his views more pronouncedly (although usually not for publication) than many others of his era. It is also foolish to deny that racism enters into hisfiction."In his book H.P. Lovecraft: Against The World, Against Life,  MichelHouellebecq argues that "racial hatred" provided the emotional force and inspiration for much of Lovecraft's greatest works. Some of his most hostile racist views can be found in his poetry, particularly in On the Creation of N*****s, and New England Fallen (both 1912).

     The one thing he did have in common with occultists was that he died broke at the home of two spinster aunts he lived with! Lovecraft's stories usually had one central theme: Stupid people who tried their hand at  occult and got fried every single time. If you take anything away after reading Lovecraft, make it that. 

    The Necornomicon you see in bookstores was written by a Wiccan named Herman Slater in the 1970's and isn't the ficticious book from the Lovecraft stories. Oh, and it doesn't work.

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