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I'm pretty sure I lost 2d6 sanity points reading this book.ALHAZRED is the autobiography of a young necromancer who travels the Arabian peninsula circa 1000 A.D., gathering arcane knowledge and trying to keep one step ahead of the various wizards, outlaws, demons and monsters he manages to piss off along the way This premise could have easily listed sideways into some insipidly awful Daaaaaaark Gawthic Fantasy bullshit territory, yet Tyson's novel is surprisingly light on its feet ALHAZRED is a taut, actionpacked historical romp and definitely the best novel featuring a corpseeating protagonist since Hannibal Lecter was in his heyday If squick's not your thing, give this one a pass I'm not spoiling too much to say the protagonist is forced to eat his own barbecued genitals in Chapter One, and his diet only gets , uh, varied from there.You will like this book if : You're a fan of H.P Lovecraft, Clive Barker, the Reanimator and Evil Dead movies You've got a long airplane flight and want a light fantasy pulp read while listening to your 1980s Satanic Speed Metal playlist You felt Game of Thrones needed fewer boobs andcannibalism You were suckered into reading a Guillermo Del Toro or Poppy Z Brite novel and want to get the bad taste out of your mouth, so to speak. The story is narrated by Abdul Alhazred the Mad Arab It starts by leading readers through his torture, mutilation, and banishment, condemned to die in the vast desert known as the Empty Space.Death doesn't come that easily for Alhazred though, and given incentive by a dark figure known as Nyarlathotep, he carries onto better fortune, and fates that may be considered far worse He encounters several fictional creatures such as Djinn, ghouls, and many different Lovecraftian horrors Donald Tyson is not afraid to tell a gruesome tale, as the plot is full of extremely graphic violence, so this book is not for the faint of heart However, for those ready to read an adventure, in this book, there are many In fact, where other authors would make several small novels each with one important task, Tyson throws them all into one fantastic epic.Alhazred is not your typical hero either, in fact, some may question his alignment Is he good? Is he evil? Alhazred doesn't fit neatly into either category, and often makes decisions some would consider immoral, as well as acts that the average person would consider the right thing to do, and instead of applying the same reasoning to each action, he has many different motivations.On top of many plot elements, interesting character development, vivid amazing settings and monsters, and a large pile of characters including friends, foes, and foes of foes, there is a very widespread magical system to boot Magic includes illusion, seals, summoning the dead, resurrection, instant death, andAll of them with many different magical elements and backgrounds, rather than one globally accepted magical system (Such as in the Inheritance Cycle, Harry Potter, etc).Overall, this is a great read that I highly recommend to anyone interested in fantasy adventure, the Cthulhu mythos, or a just long epic, and is okay with severe violent and sexual content. Donald Tyson – Alhazred: The Author of the Necronomicon Has any horror reader not heard tell of that tome of blackest occult knowledge, the Necronomicon? Invented by H.P Lovecraft, and referred to in his ‘Cthulhu mythos’ stories, the fictional grimoire has achieved a mythic status, even acquiring its own rabid fans, selfstyled ‘occultists’ who insist that the book, written, according to Lovecraft’s tales, by the ‘mad Arab’ Abdul Alhazred, must truly exist Indeed, two books entitled ‘Necronomicon’ do exist – one written in the 80’s by an occultist associated with the nowdefunct Magickal Childe shop in NYC, and onerecently by the author of ‘Alhazred,’ Donald Tyson.Even during H.P Lovecraft’s tragically short lifetime, he ‘shared’ elements of his mythos with friends and correspondents The list of writers who have written stories influenced by his work is long and contains names not insignificant to horror fans Among the classics are Ambrose Bierce, Robert Bloch, August W Derleth, Robert E Howard, Henry Kuttner and Clark Ashton Smith More recently, contemporary horror and science fiction authors have also turned their pens to pay tribute to the master: Gene Wolfe, Ramsey Campbell, Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny: Poppy Z Brite, Joanna Russ, Bruce Sterling, Esther M Friesner, Thomas Ligotti andwere all featured in Arkham House Publishers’ tribute anthology ‘Cthulhu 2000.’But by far the most ambitious and significant work of fiction based on Lovecraft’s work published to date must be ‘Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon.’ Although the book is presented by a company known for their nonfiction New Age titles, Llewellyn, and its author, Donald Tyson, has written well over a dozen nonfiction works in the genre, ‘Alhazred’ is purely a work of fantastic horror fiction, with no pretensions toward occult revelation Unlike Lovecraft’s output, which consisted mainly of short stories, ‘Alhazred’ is, itself, a significant tome, mysteriously weighingthan most books its size (Goodquality paper? Or somethinginexplicable?), and numbering 667 pages (Why not 666? – Now that’s a wasted opportunity).The book tells the story of Lovecraft’s ‘mad Arab’s early years, before his writing of his book of black magic The background given by Lovecraft is skimpy enough in his ‘History of the Necronomicon’ he wrote: “mad poet of Sanaá, in Yemen, who is said to have flourished during the period of the Ommiade caliphs, circa 700 A.D He visited the ruins of Babylon and the subterranean secrets of Memphis and spent ten years alone in the great southern desert of Arabia — the Roba el Khaliyeh or Empty Space of the ancients In his last years Alhazred dwelt in Damascus.”Tyson follows this outline, starting with Alhazred’s beginnings as a talented youth under the patronage of a wealthy caliph, and following him through many wanderings and quests to Damascus – but he fleshes out the story in many ways, some of which may delight Lovecraft purists, others which may raise quibbles Alhazred’s illegal studies of necromancy and occult knowledge are tolerated – until he angers the caliph by conducting an illicit affair with his daughter Grotesquely punished and mutilated, he is cast out and begins his life as a wanderer Falling in with a tribe of flesheating ghouls in the ‘Empty Space,’ for the rest of the story, he selfidentifies as a ghoul, not a man He becomes, unwillingly, the tool of the mysterious Dark Chaos, Nyarlathotep, who repeatedly visits him in dreams He encounters a djinn, who takes up residence in his body, and later acquires a partner in crime, a girl, Martala, from a family of graverobbers From a writer’s perspective, the inclusion of Martala makes sense Alhazred is a remarkably nonsympathetic character, completely amoral and without any feelings except those conducive to selfpreservation and the gain of necromantic knowledge He isn’t someone that the average reader can easily connect with Even though she has few ethical standards, Martala is still human, and acts as a foil to his character Lovecraft purists may also object to the literary style of the book Tyson is an accomplished writer – but his style is nothing like that of Lovecraft Lovecraft loved antiquarian words, and intentionally created a very 18thcentury feel to his stories, using phrases and terms which were already outoffashion when he was writing He also is frequently lauded for his ability to conjure an atmosphere of terror and fear without coming right out and telling the reader His horrors often happen offscreen, as it were His writing is full of things that cannot be named, monsters which the mind cannot encompass, gods whose visages cannot be described… Tyson, on the other hand, can be comparedaccurately to stylists such as Clive Barker He has no problem coming right out and telling his readers every disgusting and gory detail – there are several scenes in the book which are not for the faintofstomach Still, for any reader who doesn’t mind imagining exactly how it might feel and taste to consume a human brain straight from the skull… and who appreciates Lovecraft’s mythos, this homage to his work is a respectful tribute – as well as an entertaining novel with a good mix of adventure and horror Biographical note:Althea spent several of her formative years in Providence, Rhode Island, home of the master of horror H.P Lovecraft After school, she would often hang out in Swan Point Cemetery, site of his final resting place, where her friend did at one point in time encounter a giant and rather horrific slug with her bare foot but the Elder Gods never made themselves manifest. I totally loved this book and for several reasons First off the author has done his research on the Middle East He put Alhazred's story back into it's proper context The Mad Arab grew up and experienced his adventures in the Middle East so it is only proper that Egyptian Gods, Jinn, Ghoul's , Indian Thuggies and sultans play a part with the ever present spectre of the Old ones hidden in the background just outside of everyone's view.The story starts off in Yemen when Alhazred, the kings poet , falls in love with Narissa, the King's daughter They have an illicit affair that ends up with her getting pregnant After they get caught the king of Yemen mutilates Alhazred's face, castrates him and leaves him to die in the Empty Quarter But Alhazred is resourceful and he survives instead of dying During his desert journey's he befriends a tribe of ghouls, makes friends with a female jinn and steals from caravans that which he needs in order oreto survive After his tenure with the ghouls, who by the way die from poison, Alhazred wanders to the lost city of Irem or Ubar Itn is there that he confronts a witch and learns the history of the old ones After leaving the desert with numerous jewels he makes his way Egypt going through such cities as Bubastis, Babylon and Alexandria It is in Egypt that he meets with Martala and makes enemies with Farri, s street thug.Farria and thugs follow Alhazred through Egypt and do not stop until he is killed for the first time In Egypt he also steals a scroll to summon the Old ones which angers a group called the Order of the Sphinx In a fight with this order he is infected with a poison that will kill him in days unless he finds the cure.Months after his first death he wakes up in Alexandria, Egypt In possession of what he needs he makes his way to Mesopotamia.It is there that he finds a garden paradise and tries to find the Well of Seraph in Vain hopes that this will rest his damaged body His hopes are dashes Constantly evading the Order of the Sphinx he travels with Thuggees to Damascus where he befriends a group of Necromancers in Damascus But all is not well as the Caliph wishes to kill the Necromancers In the end magic is not a salvation but always the good old fashion sword that comes to aid.Through out his travels Alhazred is bothered in his dreams by Nyalathotep , the dark one In this take we come across several deities from Cthulhu mythos Like I mentioned earlier this one puts us in the Middle East Yet it lacks the same imaginary frightfulness of Lovecraft's writing For me, Alhazred is one of those lifechanging kind of books It's not going to be that for most people, it just happened to fall into my hands at the exact time I needed a book like that I also had to be aware that I needed it, for what I took from it, could have made me worse, not better.But I won't get into details – it's a review, not my life story ;)This is not a hard read, Tyson is a great writer and the story is very smooth Abdul Alhazred, author of the Necronomicon, goes 'walkabout' and we follow him on his journey of discovery Basically, Alhazred learns about himself along the way, and if you are clued on while you are reading, you too will learn about yourself along the way You will walk with Alhazred through evil places, and alongside foul beings, how will you interpret them? Do yourself a favour, go on an adventure that you might not otherwise take :) Having fallen in love with the Yemeni King Huban's daughter Alhazred gets her pregnant.When this is discovered he is tortured, forced to eat the grilled body of the miscarried fetus (amongst other things), mutilated and set loose in the desert (the Empty Space) of Yemen to die He does not do this Rather, he becomes a cannibal to survive, then becomes a ghoul and finally sets out on a quest to restore his body (deconstructed by the torture and mutilation) The bulk of the book is concerned with this quest.Though heavily Lovecraftian (lots of unnameable beasties and subterranean adventuresas wall as the ubiquitous 'Dark Wanderer' ~ Nyarlathotepof course a servant of chaosaren't they always though ) the narrative is a fairly typical quest narrative And although the narrative is not insightful the style is nondisruptive and pleasant and the action makes up for a lack of character depth.Alhazred is an amoral protagonist and so the shift away from a morality play, which is typical of such narratives, is refreshing Alhazred isn't evil but he does behave so on occasion He is predominantly selfinterested, while at the same time, on occasion, capable of compassion.The conclusion was predictable, but it did tie of the quest nicely.Though typical, redundant, and overwritten the book is a refreshing change of paceespecially since Alhazred is not punished for his wicked behavior though this is hinted at when he considers that he is damned for his services to the 'Old Ones'.Not for the squeamish or those with a welldefined moral sensibility. While in a shop filled with crystals and new age goods, I came across this treasure while my girlfriend poked around for whatever it was she was looking for As a fan of Lovecraft's work, I had to nab it This was especially true with its low sale price One can never pass over inexpensive books of interest, can they?Honestly, I held off a bit due to the length of the book Once I started, I was pretty well hooked OK It did take me a few pages The start was looking at a yound Alhazred as an arrogant and egotistical man I initially wondered if I would be able to appreciate or like him at the start Once the first few pages went by, it hit a major change that shocked me Alhazred is castrated, disfigured, and exiled from Yemen for transgressions against the king Near death and trying to survive in the desert, his true story begins Not only is he seeking a way to restore his manhood and regain his physical attractiveness, he seeks out other occult knowledge.During his travels, Alhazred encounters many people and creatures in his travels He befriends some and betrays others I found this to be quite a smooth read Although I was not fond of the main character throughout most of the story, I found him to be quite interesting It was a relatively smooth read, despite the length I was disappointed at the lack of resolution at the end, but would definitely read a sequel should the opportunity arise.Fans of the Lovecraft mythos, the occult, and the bizarre should check this one out. ↡ Alhazred: Author of the Necronomicon ⇬ H P Lovecraft's compelling character, Abdul Alhazred, is brought to life in this epic tale detailing the mad sorcerer's tragic history and magical adventures Alhazred tells his own life story, beginning with himself as a poor, handsome boy in Yemen who attracts the attention of the king for his divine skill in poetry As the court poet, young Abdul lives a luxurious life at the palace, where he studies necromancy and magic But falling in love with the king's daughter leads to a foolish tryst, which is ultimately discovered As punishment, Abdul is tortured, brutally mutilated, and cast into the desert, known as the Empty Space Battling insanity, he joins a tribe of ghouls and learns forbidden secrets from a stranger called Nyarlathotep Thus begins his downward spiral into wickedness Renamed Alhazred, he escapes the desert and embarks on a quest to restore his body and reunite with his true love Traveling across the ancient world and fantastic realms, he is hounded by foes and tormented by the demands of his dark lord DRIBBLE I received a free copy of this book and felt that I would spend some spare time over the summer reading it TheI read, the harder I found it to understand the plot Interestingly enough, I kept reading the book hoping to actually understand what the plot wasthan anything else I completed the book content with the understanding that there isn't any plot at all! It is simply a collection of disconnected and boring 'events' in the main character's adventures Thank God this book was free for me I am still trying to figure out if there is any way I can get the wasted hours I spent reading this book back! it is nearly one of the worst books I've read If anyone wants this book, send me an email before I use it as kindling I understand this is a lovecrafty book, but as a first in a series it should be able to stand on its own Swordandsorcery style pulp fiction with good research on the setting (ancient Iraq, Egypt, and surrounding countries) and a cutthroat protagonist Set in Lovecraft's universe, but lacking in his style since it reads likeof a straightforward pulp fantasy (think: Conan the Barbarian) with great action but fairly flat characters, and has an ending that dovetails irritatingly in the direction of a sequel with no sign of the Necronomicon in sight! Don't know if I'd buy it, but it was a fun read if you can borrow a copy from Slinky like I did :)