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Mountain of Shadows by Donald Tyson
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H. P. Lovecraft’s most mysterious character, Abdul Alhazred, author of the infamous grimoire known as the Necronomicon, returns in a new series of adventures in this thrilling blend of sword and sorcery with Lovecraftian horror!
It is the dawn of Islam. The civilized world, Christian and pagan alike, has bowed before the conquering blade of Mohammed. Onto to this heroic stage strides Abdul Alhazred, a young poet of Yemen who in his later years will come to write the most dangerous of all forbidden books, the Necronomicon.
Some men call him mad, while others say he is a fool. Born from the union of a mortal woman with a djinn of the Ninth Circle, he was horribly disfigured in his youth by the king of his native Yemen, then cast into the great desert known as the Empty Space to die. But he did not die. He learned how to survive against all foes, natural or supernatural. With daring and the use of his wits, he became a necromancer, and made his home in ancient Damascus, city of wickedness and sorceries.
Follow his adventures across the Arabian deserts and through the twisted streets and graveyards of the oldest city in the world, where mystery and horror lurk behind every shadow. Go with him as he and his two companions encounter gigantic djinn, corpse-devouring ghouls, powerful mages, and alien creatures of nightmare. Herein are rare delights and strange sorceries that will shock your very soul and change you forever.
This expanded edition, originally published under the title Tales of Alhazred, contains three additional completely new stories of wonder and terror.
PRAISE FOR DONALD TYSON
“Donald Tyson is one of the most scintillating writers in the Lovecraftian tradition. The stories in this book, with their richly textured style, vivid characterization, and compelling scenarios, are among the best examples of contemporary Cthulhu Mythos fiction.”
S. T. Joshi
“I couldn’t resist a book about Abdul Alhazred of Necronomicon fame! And I’m glad I did because Mr. Tyson’s story is tightly plotted with evocative imagery and excellent characterization. Everyone comes across as a well-rounded believable person even with the fantastic world they inhabit. The plot moves along smartly with little or no wasted side trips and the resolution is satisfying and rather surprising. Anyone who has wondered about the man who ‘wrote’ the Necronomicon is in for a treat!”
“… Tyson takes Lovecraft’s Cthulian mythos and weaves it into the real world almost seamlessly. Tyson’s understanding of Lovecraft’s world and gods is phenomenal, and he shows a great ability to make that mythos his own.”
“…Tyson wove Lovecraft’s Mythos with genuine bits of history, myth, and magick to create an eerie sense of believability.”
Drew Montgomerey, RPGNET
“A fascinating glimpse in the mechanizations of Lovecraft’s world as the journey one would need to take in order to be crazy enough to create the Necronomicon.”
The Hopeful Librarian