Recently, we’ve had some lively debates here on the issue of the Simon Necronomicon, with some excellent questions being asked. One item that has been raised is why John and I didn’t interview those who used the Simon Necronomicon in our book, The Necronomicon Files. As Warlock puts it,
While Dan Harms seems to convince his followers that he is conducting some sort of sincere research in his examination of the Simon Necronomicon, much like an adolescent with a video camera attending the set of a porn movie, Harms has never interviewed any Practitioner of the Simon Necronomicon.
That analogy sounds like a really compelling reason not to conduct those interviews, no matter which way you read it. Still, I’ll try to answer.
To be brief: when John and I were researching our book, it was in the early days of the Internet. Now, serious Necronomicon practitioners are still pretty scarce online; I can name perhaps three off the top of my head. Back then, there were considerably fewer people online, and most of those who practiced the Necronomicon in our area were either non-existent or didn’t advertise. Simply put, we didn’t run into anyone who seemed sincere or credible enough to interview.
That didn’t mean that we didn’t include views from Necronomicon practitioners in our book. Even at that time a few books on working with the Necronomicon, written by someone other than Simon, had been written, and we spent considerable time and a little expense to get and review them. None of them proved very persuasive. You can read more in the book itself.
It’s likely that, if the Files were written today, we’d get more perspectives from Gatewalkers, or even Simon himself (we’d try, anyway). Nonetheless, at the time, we had to do the best we could.
Next post, my take on the Simon Necronomicon as a spiritual system.