May overlap with Tomes of Prophecy and Fate if they have evil prophecies. In Valentin Ivashchenko's Dancing Flame: Notably, it's part of a two-tape set. Only the eponymous Index of Prohibited Books has been able to read the grimoires and store them in her head , since she has no mana to power the grimoires. One of the weird things about it is that in the MU, vampirism started when a group of Atlantean sorcerers slew their enemies, but weren't satisfied with simply winning the fight and killing their foes. They were a kind of combination of Necronomicon and Mein Kampf. A tome which is readily available to those who seek it out, but which lacks literal matter; one which is written not in ink, but in light. Secrets of the Darkest Art deals with Horcruxes and other perverse magic. It also contains a lot of useful lore penned by previous holders of the tome and it seems to explicitly add new pages for current owners to add their own information into its pages. The protagonist and his friends, being young and foolish boys, decide to give some of the rituals a shot late at night in the woods for a thrill. The Necroteuch from the first book is a lesser example, it is the entire focus of the book but what exactly it does is never stated, and it emits an aura of incredible evil so it is a bit of a no-brainer what to do with it. Apparently, Snyder returned these books to Giles afterwards, no matter how out of character that might seem. Chambers' stories predated Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories and Lovecraft cited them as an inspiration. Real world books belonging to this category include: Humans can't read them without being driven a very specific type of mad, but the librarian can, because he's an Orangutan, and simply gets unusual feelings about fruit for a while. In Altered Histories Circe was a necromancer who created her own version of the Necronomicon, made of skin flayed from the backs of a thousand men and capable of containing a thousand souls. However, the book only briefly mentions Horcruxes in order to say that they are so terrible they will not be discussed. The Grimmerie from the novel of Wicked is implied to be one of these, but no Ozian can actually read the thing. They wanted to make them suffer after death, so they used a spell from the Darkhold to raise them as the first vampires. Sci-fi to be sure; but a mysterious ancient book containing world-shattering knowledge of things man was not meant to meddle with? It's the perfect place for a Watcher to put a collection of books so no-one will ever read them. One example had a god-like man named "The Gentleman" who had his essence written into a number of such books. Henry has his own copy, "confiscated" from a bunch of Medieval cultists, and uses it to sabotage summoning rituals. In The Butchers , The Book of the Dead is used to cast a resurrection spell that brings the serial killers back from the dead. I have seen the darkest depths of the human mind, where disgusting stories involving tentacles and improbable anatomy run rampant. Evil Dead featured a book called Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, which, when read, resurrected a bunch of evil Kandarian spirits. As it turns out, the whole thing was elaborately fabricated for the narrator's benefit. As long as she can remind them not to eat her friends.
The Mummy had the Book of the Dead, which unleashed the title monster upon the world, as well as its good cousin, which stripped him of his undead immortality and made him mortal. They spend several days struggling to get the money. Though given that it gives instructions and prophecies for Queen Betsy's entire reign whether or not it has more unpleasant spells and such isn't mentioned , it is also a Great Big Book of Everything as well. In NEXT, the heroes suspect every strange magical effect they hear of to be caused by a Claire Bible manuscript, indicating that even the mundane fragmentary copies can have weird properties. Remember that in a previous episode Giles physically threatened Snyder so he would reinstate Buffy. In the audio drama Luke comes across tapes of The Book of Anger and finds them horrifically compelling. Howard 's Conan the Barbarian: When brought together it reveals the hidden name of God, which if said backwards will undo all that he created and destroy the world. Interestingly, the book itself is alive. Just listening to them makes him feel cold and perceive the world as getting darker. And he was summoned by a book bound in human skin involving a ritual involving Blood Magic. The most notable and persistent of these tomes is the Book of Vile Darkness, which is so evil that reading it can damage a good person's mind. The power also actively searches for new users every few centuries, although Heroic Resolve allows to contain the power without being corrupted. This is made creeper by the fact that the novel actually looks like the Tome of Eldritch Lore described within. The books and "exhibits" range from the prosaic to works of great magic, which are kept under lock and key. This is a common Conan the Barbarian trope. As long as she can remind them not to eat her friends. The vampire novel, The Historian has one of these which has the effect of attracting Vlad Dracula and his minions to those who find a copy. The Cabin in the Woods kicks off its serious horror elements with the reliable Latin incantation from a spooky old book. Notice that Snyder confiscated the books, but in succeeding episodes Giles has them again. Evil Dead featured a book called Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, which, when read, resurrected a bunch of evil Kandarian spirits. How bad is it? And since the author, and source of the leather used to bind it, was a Displacer, it's still alive. Given the names of the Great Old Ones , it's probably more appropriate that way. The Book of Changes from Ghost Whisperer. Oh, and that leather?
The Ialdabaoth Codex, besides being incredibly hard to spell , seems like it it first, being an Abyssal bestiary that gradually drives it's readers to paranoia and the summoning of it's contents If one is of a magical turn of thought, caution should be taken when putting pen to paper. It is currently being used by Noah, who impersonated Eibon, to collect anything he sees as interesting. Fortunately, he learns that the good guys hid it rather than destroyed it because it contains a spell to banish evil. As it turns out, the whole thing was elaborately fabricated for the narrator's benefit. In addition, during the s, several instructional guides on how to tell if your kid is involved in Satanism suggested asking if they had ever read the Necronomicon. The Black Codex is an infamous grimoire written by a cabal of warlocks and lunar cultists during the Lunar Rebellion and containing information on every form of Black Magic in existence, including things like necromancy , Mind Control and demonology. It nearly turns Brin, the main character, into a monster, before her brother brings her to her senses, enabling its destruction. In no way do these stories relate to Lovecraft's works, however. The Lifetime of all things movie Devil's Diary references a book found in a graveyard, planted there by a lightning strike. In Altered Histories Circe was a necromancer who created her own version of the Necronomicon, made of skin flayed from the backs of a thousand men and capable of containing a thousand souls.
Specifically, some smartass would create a fake card for the Necronomicon which was always checked out to one "A. Oh, and there's a Great Old One who bears a striking resemblance to Cthulhu. Kurt Busiek 's The Wizard's Tale revolves around a Tome of Eldritch Lore which the inept and not particularly evil wizard must locate and cast spells from. In the Star Wars: Luna becomes Nightmare Moon by reading an unnamed book about dark magic in Whispers. To a degree this is helped by several companies printing versions of the ''Necronomicon'' The "My first Necronomicon", a guide to the Cthulhu mythos for children, is done in soft felt. Oddly enough it doesn't seem to contain the spell to cure vampirism, which is in the Darkhold. The protagonist's scholar mother brings home a collection of texts that describe Native American rituals. In Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders , Merlin, of all people, gives one of these to a snobby critic , of all people, to try to persuade him that magic is real. And it gave those things names, names it wrote on indestructible pages, because a namer has mastery of the named. To a degree this is helped by several companies printing versions of the Necronomicon The "My first Necronomicon", a guide to the Cthulhu mythos for children, is done in soft felt. In addition to its cameos and parodies in all sorts of movies, books and TV shows, almost all modern instances of the trope owe something to it. The Darkhold is also known as the Book of Sins because of its corrupting influence. His human host summoned him using an ill-gotten book of sorcery. In the Marvel Universe , a Tome called the Darkhold contains a variety of spells, including the Montessi Formula, which unmakes vampirism and vampires. The Whateley library also has a restricted section of these. Secrets of the Darkest Art deals with Horcruxes and other perverse magic. Italian director Lucio Fulci used two.
Italian director Lucio Fulci used two. Later on we see the Book of the Black, penned in the tainted black tears of the undead Guardian Scar. More fantastical examples can turn out to be the laboratory notebooks of one or more wizard s, know for their groundbreaking research. The monster seems to become more and more sapient the more the book is read, and stronger the more disbelieving adults deny that it's real, tormenting children and parents alike. School Mermaid: The book contains pure Black Magic knowledge and a large fraction of Yaromor's power, granting both to the current user. If one is of a magical turn of thought, caution should be taken when putting pen to paper. This raises an obvious question: At least two books purporting to be the "real" Necronomicon, which contains a hodgepodge of Sumerian mythology, Hermetic lore, Kabbalah and other mystical writings. The major works generally include an Apocalyptic Log hinting at what has happened to characters who came into contact with the book, a history of the book and the explicit effects both skimming and reading it have. They were a kind of combination of Necronomicon and Mein Kampf. Each Book contains the rituals and magic necessary to summon a different demon. The first value is how many points the Cthulhu Mythos skill increases on an initial read, and the second from a longer full reading. The book contains pure Black Magic knowledge and a large fraction of Yaromor's power, granting both to the current user. In the Mouth of Madness features the popular horror novelist Sutter Cane, whose last book is So Bad Its Horrible , if inexplicably well received by the public. The primordial tales held within tell uncomfortable truths about the nature of humanity. It is little surprising that these illustrations are supposedly reprinted from the fabled Delomelanicon, or Invocation of Darkness, which legend has it was co-written by Lucifer himself.
Who worship a god that managed to trick other gods into eating each other. Many more exist. With the release of the Innistrad set, based on gothic horror, it has an archetypal example: In Split Second , Sparkle possessed several of the books in a series of these tomes. It's not actively malevolent, though, since it's kind enough to ensure the reader doesn't remember the more horrifying sections until they really really need to. In Warlock , the Grand Grimoire is a Satanic book that was broken up long ago. The sequel The Last King Of Osten Ard has Bishop Fortis' Treatise on the Aetheric Whispers, a book which has been banned by the church since the mysterious disappearance of its author, over two hundred years ago. The Monster Book of Monsters actually tries to bite its readers. An expansion book, Warriors of the Apocalypse, includes a Bane character named Tsannik. The Darkhold is also known as the Book of Sins because of its corrupting influence. The description implies that the book is a Shout-Out to the Arabian Nights. One written by Donald Tyson that details the 'wanderings of Alhazred', and so would be closer to Lovecraft's original idea. In Cosmic Horror Stories , they typically drive their readers into gibbering insanity , the title alone can make them hear voices. The manga used it straight; The Dark Abyss, a book bound in human flesh, that the publisher required 5 different people to print, a page at a time.
Anything negative you write in the book will come true. This was lampshaded once, with the principal doing a search of the library and questioning whether it was appropriate to have in a high school library filled with tomes instructing on the uses of dark magic - despite being asked during a period of demonic-inspired moral panic against magic, this was actually quite a reasonable question, considering. Played for comedy in Bruce Sterling 's Schismatrix with "the literature of the [untranslatable]". To their horror, they succeed in summoning the man-beasts. In Strong Spirits, the protagonist's rival in mediumship, Cockcroft, has acquired a famous necromancer's Tome of Eldritch Lore and wants to summon the author's ghost to help him figure out its cryptic contents. In the guide book How To Be A Villain, its guide to weapons contains books of evil, which more or less fit this trope perfectly. Yu Yu Hakusho has a videotape, Chapter Black, which serves essentially the same purpose. The second piece of information listed is Cthulhu Mythos. A collection of artworks by H. His human host summoned him using an ill-gotten book of sorcery. To their horror, they succeed in summoning the man-beasts. It also contains a lot of useful lore penned by previous holders of the tome and it seems to explicitly add new pages for current owners to add their own information into its pages. Remember that full reading I mentioned? The description implies that the book is a Shout-Out to the Arabian Nights. You're as good as dead, and so is the planet you are on. It can only be opened by a necromancer, and closed by an uncorrupted Charter mage - that is, the Abhorsen and their successor. Who worship a god that managed to trick other gods into eating each other. The themes of his stories imply a godless universe in which humankind is defenseless not only to the cosmic horrors beyond our skies, but also the everyday horrors of existence, a world in which one must regularly interact with dogs, seafood, and brown people. When read by the hapless, they tend to summon The Legions of Hell into the mortal realm. Like in it comic canon counterpart, it's the ultimate book of Black Magic , created by Chthon as a Soul Jar to maintain his foothold in reality. The former is a seemingly-sentient spell that teaches you how to summon reversed forms of Goetia symbolizing reversed Virtues into your enemies' minds, which are actually Abyssal entities who will escape. Likewise, the Yellow Sign is never actually described. Night of the Demon: The Octavo - the book containing the eight most powerful spells, left behind on the Disc by its creator. Godless words written in a nigh incomprehensible dialect tell tales of half human monstrosities born from the unholy union of man and monster; the descriptions of which defy the euclidean logic of our three dimensions. The Necronomicon is not the only book of dark lore that appears in Lovecraft's mythos. The monster seems to become more and more sapient the more the book is read, and stronger the more disbelieving adults deny that it's real, tormenting children and parents alike. Valle himself was disgusted by the book's contents, so he just destroyed it. It's a self-powering prana generator and allows the user to summon Eldritch Abominations.
Tabletop Games Dungeons and Dragons has had countless numbers of these over the years and editions. It's just like any other book As befits its tone, Deadlands has a few of these tucked away in its pages and pages of Splatbooks. Robert W. Warhammer brings us first the Book Of Lorgar, which helped start the Horus Heresy, then in true 40k fashion, goes overboard with the Black Library: Secrets of the Darkest Art deals with Horcruxes and other perverse magic. The book itself is so evil that it's indexed by sins, and it currently contains at least one of the worst creatures imaginable, Excalibur. While it can add and remove itself from the library catalog, the most terrifying thing it does is draw a dick on Lightning Dust's head. I have seen the darkest depths of the human mind, where disgusting stories involving tentacles and improbable anatomy run rampant. First and foremost, the tomes provided are given using 6 major pieces of information. In Ben Counter 's Warhammer Horus Heresy novel Galaxy In Flames, Loken runs across a book that changes languages and alphabets under his gaze, gives him horrific visions, and convinces him that the Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions view of the Empire is wrong. The books Equal Rites in particular even recount an unfortunate case of a mage who tried to read the Necrotelecomnicon, and as a result he was never seen again, and the book became several pages thicker In the Marvel Universe , a Tome called the Darkhold contains a variety of spells, including the Montessi Formula, which unmakes vampirism and vampires. Thoroughly deconstructed and parodied in R. This is made creeper by the fact that the novel actually looks like the Tome of Eldritch Lore described within. The monster seems to become more and more sapient the more the book is read, and stronger the more disbelieving adults deny that it's real, tormenting children and parents alike. Frank tears pages out of the book to show to the rest of the store in order to get them to believe him. Destroying it serves as the main plot in The Wishsong of Shannara. Lovecraft wrote of tomes that could shatter the human psyche and of creatures whose descriptions defy human language. Exalted has numerous examples, but the most infamous might be The Broken Winged Crane. And then there's the footnote about how, like Oxford's Bodleian Library, Unseen University's Library has the books chained to the shelves. Several Conan the Barbarian stories mention "The Book of Skelos", an ancient tome of black magic that contains spells for summoning demons. Notable in that the book doesn't have any inherent mystical power, but the secrets it reveals are too much for a sane mind to accept. Humans can't read them without being driven a very specific type of mad, but the librarian can, because he's an Orangutan, and simply gets unusual feelings about fruit for a while. The description implies that the book is a Shout-Out to the Arabian Nights. The bibliophile protagonist trades a priceless 14th-century Bible for a mysterious book in an unknown language that has no beginning, no end, pages that are out of order, and never allows the reader to see the same page twice it is implied that the number of pages is infinite. The Dictionary of the Khazars, as described in the lexicon novel of the same name, was printed in a poisonous ink. In the movie it was an adaptation of an earlier work supposedly written by the Devil himself and contained clues on how to summon him in person. Alhazred" Abdul Alhazred being the fictional author of the book.
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Is it any wonder that Caster is so absolutely insane? Parodied in the Reading Rainbowverse by the shadowbolts book. Notably, it's part of a two-tape set.
As befits its tone, Deadlands has a few of these tucked away in its pages and pages of Splatbooks. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series has the Compendium of Srem, which translates itself into your native language for your cans-of-evil-unsealing convenience.
Beetlejuice has the Handbook for the Recently Deceased , which explains important things to know right after you die. Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath books works a lot like this, even though it was given to the Kencyr people by their God. Over time, he loses what few friends he actually had, and spends his every waking minute fanatically obsessing over a book he cannot read, copying pages and illustrations before they vanish forever.
Still managed to have a movie made, which was almost as well received as the book and made quite an impact on audiences around the world. Such as Death the Kid. In Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders , Merlin, of all people, gives one of these to a snobby critic , of all people, to try to persuade him that magic is real.
Lovecraft's Necronomicon - although the idea of the grimoire is far older. YuYu Hakusho has a videotape, Chapter Black, which serves essentially the same purpose. The Bonfire of the Witches , written on behalf of the Cunning Man, is so full of his hatred of witches that a copy of it allows a curse ineptly attempted against a witch to work simply by being in its proximity, and later almost allows said creature to manifest into the world through its pages before it's pressed shut very decisively.