This subject contains information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. The Book of Iod is a grimoire relating to Iod and its worship, possibly from the planet Bel Yarnak. Its most famous form is a scramble of Greek and Coptic. This text was translated into English at least once, by Johann Nergus. Nergus rigorously excised many fearful matters of which he deemed it better that mankind should remain unaware. This is the only version of the text publicly known of, the single copy being held in the Huntington Library of California. An incomplete copy of the Nergus text was made by a man called Denton. One source claims that it is Gnostic work of some kind.

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The Dark Silent One dwelleth deep beneath the earth on the shore of the Western Ocean. Not one of those potent Old Ones from hidden worlds and other stars is He, for in earth’s hidden blackness He hath always dwelt. No name hath He, for He is the ultimate doom and the undying emptiness and silence of Old Night.

When earth is dead and lifeless and the stars pass into blackness, He will rise again and spread His dominion over all. For He hath naught to do with life and sunlight, but loveth the blackness and the eternal silence of the abyss. Yet can He be called to earth’s surface before His time, and the brown ones who dwell on the shore of the Western Ocean have power to do this by ancient spells and certain deep-toned sounds which reach His dwelling-place far below.

But there is great danger in such a summoning, lest He spread death and night before His time. For He bringeth darkness within the day, and blackness within the light; all life, all sound, all movement passeth away at His coming. He cometh sometimes within the eclipse, and although He hath no name, the brown ones know Him as Zushakon.

~ CIRCLE: Henry Kuttner, "The Bells of Horror"

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The book was created by Henry Kuttner and expanded upon by Lin Carter and Robert M. Price.
  • Lovecraft planned to mention the grimoire in his writing, (HPL: Selected Letters 4.828) but died before he could do so.
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