Plastic Wax Factory Vol 03 69 - ABDUL ALHAZRED

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    This numbered edition Throw Pillow, designed by William King, comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. Made from 100% spun polyester, filled with a soft faux down insert, and closed with a concealed zipper. No matter which way you turn it, this double-sided pillow is the perfect accent to any living space.

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    ABDUL ALHAZRED (655? - 738). Poet and mystic of Sanna in Yemen, best known for his Kitab al-Azif(later re-titled Necronomicon). The deeds of this man, who is said to have been a descendent of the mythical tribe of Ad, are still matters of legend in the Middle East. The early life of Abdul Alhazred remains a mystery. Several different and contradictory accounts have appeared: 1) Our first mention of Alhazred is during his travel to Egypt, where he studied necromancy under the wizard Yakthoob. After his master's death, he led Yakthoob's disciples on his travels, until most of them were destroyed. 2) Alhazred—who in this account is unnamed—was a young shepherd who narrowly escaped death when he witnessed a cult of the Old Ones. Having seen their power, he forsook his former life. 3) The son of a prostitute and a silver merchant, Alhazred was recognized as a brilliant scholar even in his youth. He married into the family of the Governor of Tabez and had two children. Shortly thereafter, he seemed to become possessed by a demon, turning to impious conduct. Being brought before the Caliph for judgment, he was cast into the desert. 4) Alhazred was a young herder's son who was brought to the court of King Hasan of Sanaa due to his beautiful voice. He lived in the palace for many years as a favored son of the court. Due to an affair with the king's daughter, Alhazred was mutilated and abandoned in the depths of the desert. 5) Alhazred grew up in a poor family and gained recognition for himself as a soldier. Finding the work not to his taste, he apprenticed himself to a silk merchant, becoming enamored of one of his customers. Upon learning that she was the lover of a local prince, Alhazred absconded with the business' profits. No matter what Alhazred's origin, the substance of his later life is less debated. He is known to have spent much time in the Empty Quarter of the Arabian desert, where he discovered both Irem, the City of Pillars, and the Nameless City. In search of mystical knowledge, he made extensive travels throughout the Middle East and beyond. The exact destinations are debatable, but Alexandria, Memphis, and Babylon are commonly named stops upon his route. In the end, he dwelt in Damascus, where he penned the Al Azif. In his Biographical Dictionary, Ibn Khallikan tells of an invisible beast devouring the "mad" poet in the marketplace of Damascus in the middle of the day. Even this legend is disputed; some state it is a confused re-telling of his former trance-states or the death of his master Yakthoob. Others claim that his death was illusory and that he was borne off to the Nameless City to be tortured and killed. A few heretics of his time proclaimed that he returned to the Empty Quarter, from which he would one day return. Legend has it that his voice can still be heard in the insects of the desert, teaching apprentice magicians his forgotten lore. It seems that an earlier scribe who copied the Necronomicon made an error with regards to the name of the book's author, as "Abdul Alhazred" is said to have no real meaning in Arabic. Scholars have suggested various solutions to the puzzle of the mad Arab's true name: a) Abd al-Azrad, "the worshiper of the great devourer" (from "abd" - worshiper/servant, "al" = the, Azrad = "strangler/ devourer") b) Abd Al-'Uzza, "servant of Al-Uzza [a pre-Muslim goddess]" c) Abdallah Zahr-ad-Din, "Servant-of-God Flower-of-the-Faith" (given the mad Arab's religion, an unlikely name at best) d) al-Hazred, a name which has only kept its meaning of "one-who-sees-what-shouldn't-be-seen" in Yemenite. Aside from the Necronomicon, only a few of Alhazred's works have survived, including the short story "Al Jeldah" ("The Scourge") and a few of his poems, which were quite popular with the nobles of his time. The Plastic Wax Factory, purveyors of intricate and fine molten effigies. All your gods, demons, monsters and creatures of the abyss to Leech Lords of the Cthulhu mythos, witches, warlocks, and lunatic residents of asylums the world over still murmuring their arcane incantations. Plus the odd tome, sigil, place of interest and manifestations of magical mumblings amongst the cursed. All are represented here in glorious molten plastic wax, set alight and melted into puddles of primordial grotesquerie. Recommended for the mad and delirious and those fine folks from Leeds, Hull and Scarborough.

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