Exhibit / September 13, 2016
Object Name: Necronomicon advertisement
Maker and Year: Schlangekraft, Inc./Barnes Graphics, Inc., 1980
Object Type: Print advertisement
Image Source: Omni magazine (November, 1980)
Description: (K.E. Roberts):
The Necronomicon is a fictional grimoire invented by American author H.P. Lovecraft. The tome is referenced in many of his stories, the first being 1924’s “The Hound,” and is a significant component of the Cthulhu Mythos. The Simon Necronomicon, as it has come to be called, was first published in 1977 and has been in print continuously since the Avon Books edition of 1980. The book is purportedly “a series of myths and rituals… that have survived the darkest days of magick and occultism,” delivered to the editor, known only as Simon, by a priest who was “ordained by uncanonical methods.” The “editor” and author of the book itself is probably American occultist Peter Levenda, though Levenda denies the claim. Two of Simon’s other books are registered in Levenda’s name, however, with Simon listed as Levenda’s pseudonym, at the U.S. Copyright Office.