by Professor Alicia Uslane, Ph.D. & Jean-Paul Ouellette
Copyright @ 1998, 2002 Miskatonic University Press / yankeeclassic.com
We are all familiar with the opening
lines of lines of Al Azif. The author, as was common in that period,
writes of himself in the third person:
There was a scribe in the land
The Necronomicon, as Al Azif has come to be known,
is the story of Alhazred's travels in search of Nathica, the Persian princess,
who disappeared in an exhibition of magic (seemingly as the price of the
incantation) and his joining up with Afrasiab and the demons of the Desert
of Lop in their search for Ibn Schacabao. Through side stories and
bacground for adventures, the work encompasses the entire history of the
pre-human and early human period.
Who was named Abdul al Hazred.
He was the son of Abou Ben al Hazred,
- May Allah be gracious to him!
He dwelt in Sanaá, at a noble house
Upon the Wadi's bank. Good it seemed to
Near the temple of El, Where he heard the
Tales of the Elders.
It came to him in mind, And in his chief
That he would of the World's dark Past
tell noble deeds.
What the gods and creatures and men were
And whence they came,
Who the earth First had.
Abdul al Hazred began the Journey Wide over
And procured the noble tales and books
Which he took for pattern.
Of all the wonders to be found and the
truths to be discovered,
There is none more profound than that the
Fear of God and those Who-would-Use-it-for-their-Gain drive the rest of
Humanity to seek protection in the Enemies
During his travels Alhazred stumbled upon knowledge
of the Great Race, the Old Ones, the Old Gods, and the spawn of Cthulhu.
His writings explain man's attraction and integration with them and predicts
the future return of the creatures. It explains the various cults that
continue the practices of the Old Ones and Cthulhu and who either wish
for their return or battle against it. It also shows how the past and present
sometimes mesh and meet at times making past and present impossible to