The third issue of NEKROMANTICON, as you no doubt know, carried a report on the final days of Abdul Alhazrad and the cause of his madness. Included in the article was a translation of the final chapter of the Necronomicon by D. S. Smith, reknown student of the occult. In this article, Mr. Smith hints at the fact that William Shakespeare had knowledge of the horrors of that forbidden worship. The authors of this article have done much research on this subject. Mr. Torrie is an expert on the occult, having studied under Von Juntz at the time of the writing of Unsussprelichen Kulten and your editor is an expert on Shakespeare, having spent many happy hours in the company of the great bard at the Mermaid Tavern.

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Foremost clue to the knowledge of the black arts by Shakespeare is the character Caliban in The Tempest. He is described as "A freckled whelp hag-
born --- not honored with
A human shape."
" ... poisonous slave, got by the Devil himself
Upon thy wicked dam ..."

He says, of himself," ... Sometimes am I
All wound with adders, who with cloven tongues
Do hiss ..."

In the Necronomicon there is a chant, " Cthlolaham, Sothan, Caliban, Anatho ..."

In the play, " A Midsummer Night's Dream," fairies sing;

"You spotted snakes, with double tongue,
Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;
Newts and blind-worms do not wrong
Come not near our fairy-queen."

In the chapter of the "Hymn of The Days of The Black Sun" in the Necronomicon the prayer of Elathlak is given;

"Oh mighty serpent of speckled scales
And forked tongues which cry to the Ones,
Oh, sharply spined sons of the foul unnamed,
And maggots that dwell within the hearts of thy followers,
I beg ye not harm not the chosen princess."

In Macbeth a formula (too long to quote here) is chanted to buy the tree witches. This formula is merely a re-statement of the central portion of Dho.

And during the last war a manuscript was unearthed in an ancient cemetary in London that is believed to have been written by a youth called Ben who is known to have been one of a company of players with which Shakespeare at one time worked. In this manuscript is written: "He was found with his head severed from his body and from the throat flowed an ichor of colour unlike any of the known humours of the body. This fluid gave off a most horrid odour which gave life to all manner of flies, maggots, and worms. The corpse was discovered to be thickly grown with vile coloured hairs the breadth of a quill which waved themselves in rhythm like worms half out of the Earth on All-Saints' Eve. They did not cease this motion until the twelfth hour of his death. On the thirteenth hour he was interred at a fork in the Ashyre Pike with an oaken rod driven thru his liver. My master, William, attended the burial and cast the first clod with an oath. On the rise of the moon my master bade me attend him and we went again to the fork and there burned papers and books which had belonged to him, who was there buried. When these things were cast into the flames there arose from the very Earth beneath our feet a mighty and pained groan that climbed to the skies and was echoed from the clouds. And this was the sound of the cry; "Eh-ya-ya-ya-yahaah--e'yayayayaaaa ... ngh'aaaaa ... ngh'aaa ... h'yuh ..." Here ends the manuscript.

Data entry by Judy Bemis

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