Warlock says, in response to my last post:
I strongly disagree! Many of the individuals who use the Simon Necronomicon aren’t too much familiar with Lovecraft’s work. I have not met one person today, who read Lovecraft and then ran out to purchase the Simon Necronomicon, in view of what Loveraft had mention about the book.
I still stand by my statements. First, it’s not whether people today who buy the Simon Necronomicon know Lovecraft; it’s whether the science fiction-reading NYC occult community at that time knew about it, which would seem to be the case. If it hadn’t sold well among them, it likely would never have been picked up by Avon and reached its broader audience.
Second, composing a text as the Necronomicon brought with it different qualities than you’d see in a work on reviving Mesopotamian religion. For the people of that region, the great cataclysms and wars in heaven happened in the mythic past, not in the time to come. Demons, exceptions like Lamashtu and Pazuzu aside, were faceless and barely differentiated entities who did the bidding of the gods. Turning to Lovecraft brought in his own demonology of beings that would some day bring about the destruction of all human life, putting the book more in line with 20th century Western society’s notions about the End Times and the presence of evil. Even if this is a misinterpretation of Lovecraft, it moved the book toward modern sensibilities more than a book based on the interpretation of Mesopotamian material would have.
And to answer his other question regarding rituals requiring multiple murders – just re-read the Necronomicon, pages 160-61.