Did Kenneth Grant have access to the “real” Neocronomicon?

All of Grant’s works were highly influenced by Crowley’s Thelemic tradition. One particular work, which holds considerable interest, is Nightside of Eden in which Grant proceeds to describe what he refers to as the Tunnels of Set.

A close examination of the Tunnels of Set will bring the reader to a realization that Crowley might not have been Kenneth Grant’s only influence for this darker side of occult mysticism. It seems that Grant’s Nightside of Eden is also somewhat rooted in the works of H.P. Lovecraft and his often referred to tome the Necronomicon.

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  1. Didn’t Kenneth Grant propose that The Necronomicon was some kind of ‘astral grimoire’ and hence people were periodically inspired to try amd immanentise it materially? I remember thinking that was kind of interesting. In one sense, nebulous, in another inarguable.

  2. Grant hypothesized that many “fictional” works were transmissions from extradimensional entities.

  3. I think everyone should produce a Necronomicon. You know you’ve got it right when you go insane and/or something consumes your soul and/or possesses your body. If you read your manuscript and feel alright afterwards, it obviously needs more work.

  4. occultknowledge

    April 1, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Of course the original necronomicon was translated first by John Dee.


  5. i am with Bill Whitcomb on this.

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