Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What is the Necronomicon and is it Real?

J. Darling writes:
People who have watched the horror/comedy/action movies of Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" franchise are familiar with the "Necronomicon Ex Mortis", or "The Book of the Dead." In these movies if someone reads from the supernatural "Necronomicon" or even plays an audio version of the book's contents, demons can be released causing chaos, murder, gore, mayhem, and as you see in "Evil Dead II" slapstick comedy. The "Necronomicon" wasn't new to the "Evil Dead" movies, as any die-hard horror fan knows; the "Necronomicon Ex Mortis" was based on a book referenced numerous times in the work of pulp horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (Lovecraft never used the term "Necronomicon Ex Mortis"). But what is the "Necronomicon" and does it truly exist?

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