Ah ha so you're THAT Khem Caigan, I thought you'd just picked the name 'cause of it's Lovecraft connection etc. The whole Necronomicon/Simon story is fascinating, i hope that the The Necronomicon Files
by Gonce and Harms was mostly accurate in it's descriptions?
There were several unfortunate factual errors committed
by Harms & Gonce, some of them involving me, and a few
of them were addressed in their online errata athttp://www.necfiles.org/errata
, but it appears thatnecfiles.org
no longer exists.
Peter Levenda <aka "Simon"> exploits some of these
errors in his Dead Names
, in order to further muddy
the waters and perpetuate his lie about the origin of theSimonomicon
- he sticks to his bogus tale of the
book being among the texts swiped by Michael Hubak
and Steven Chapo [blithely ignoring the fact that this
would put him in receipt of stolen goods, thereby making
him an accomplice to their crimes].
There is a scan of a copyright registration form that
identifies Peter Levenda as Simon available on Dan Harm's
blog, by-the-way :http://tinyurl.com/coss8m
Dan Harms has posted some further criticism of Levenda'sDead Names
on his blog, Papers Falling From an Attic
, here :http://tinyurl.com/yaq8ddb
There is also the matter of Jason Colavito's claim that
Harms and Gonce "managed to track down the illustrator
of the Simon Necronomicon
, Khem Caigan, whose work
continues to masquerade as genuine ancient mystical
symbols." < in his essay, Inside the Necronomicon
Jason Colavito, the author of the quote above, isn't
especially thorough with regard to checking his assertions
against the facts - he just skimmed the Necronomicon Files
and leapt to his own conclusions without contacting me.
Just to set the record straight here - Harms and Gonce
didn't "track me down".
We were list-mates on various newsgroups such asalt.necronomicon
, back in the '90s - that
is where Daniel Harms and I began our correspondence,
which then led to the interview at my apartment in
Manhattan that provided the quoted material <some
of it distorted and then published, without checking
with me first during the editorial process -tsk>.
And my Simonomicon and me
webpage clearly displayed
my full name and email address - here's a link to an early
version of that page available from Archive.org
<aka'The Wayback Machine'
> : http://tinyurl.com/cthjvp
As for my work 'masquerading'
as genuine - I have stated
from the start that Simon's <aka Peter Levenda's>Necronomicon
is a hoax to all comers, and am so cited at
the Simon Necronomicon Wiki
( In fact, I am the only
person actually involved in the
publication of the Simonomicon
who has ever
copped to the fact that the book is a hoax. To the
remnants of the original crew I say : "Shame on you." )
Jason Colavito published his The Cult of Alien Gods:
H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture
few years ago, the core thesis being that "Lovecraft
created the first ancient-astronaut story in 1926"
The book was fairly successful among Lovecraft fans;
unfortunately, the central assertion is false
. Back in1882
, John Ballou Newbrough described extraterrestrials
visiting the earth in his Oahspe Bible
Furthermore, "(the) Oahspe
has been stated as being the
first known reference to the term "starship".
For those of us actually familiar with the history of early
UFO literature, Newbrough's Oahspe Bible
is recognized as
a seminal work.
As a self-proclaimed 'skeptic', Colavito rather 'lets his side
down' when it comes to matters of fact.
Notably absent from both Levenda's & Harm's & Gonce's
account of the personnel involved in the production of
is Jerome Peartree, aka Jerome Birnbaum.
Birnbaum's account of his contributions to the Simonomicon
used to be available here:http://www.cryptmag.site11.com/Online/16/TheNecronomicoms.html
The site doesn't appear to be available by way of Archive.org
( If anyone out there has a cache of that page, please let me
know. My email address has always
been public, and I
welcome correspondence. )
Folks in the Neopagan community will recognize Jerome, a
veteran of the Korean war, as one of the vets involved in
the legal battle to secure the right of pagan vets to have
a pentagram displayed on their headstones :http://tinyurl.com/nvvvn
Anyhow, to return to your original question - yes, theNecronomicon Files
accurate, so far as it goes,
providing you discount the occasional rants contributed
by Gonce, which are wall-to-wall with errors of fact and
Oh, and by-the-way - my
copy of the Simonomicon
manuscript hasn't faded away at all ( unlike Peter
Levenda's ), and it is on display for all to see at theHarry Everett Smith Memorial Library
Hurley, New York :http://tinyurl.com/7wu5mtr
And you can actually see the Library itself if you
search "Harry Everett Smith Memorial Library" onGoogleMaps