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How the Necronomicon Works

According to sci-fi lore, if you've read the "Necronomicon," then you might just be teetering on the brink of insanity. Featured in popular culture in TV, film and comics, the book is a fictional creation of author H.P. Lovecraft. Learn more about the mystery behind the "Necronomicon."


Can reading 'Harry Potter' make you less prejudiced?

 Can reading 'Harry Potter' make you less prejudiced?

'Harry Potter' is about more than wands and wizards. Learn whether reading 'Harry Potter' can make you less prejudiced at HowStuffworks. See more »

Did Shakespeare use real witches' curses in 'Macbeth'?

 Did Shakespeare use real witches' curses in 'Macbeth'?

Since the 1600s, performances of 'Macbeth' have been plagued by accidents. Is it all because Shakespeare used actual witches' curses in the play? See more »

Top 10 Wizarding Fails

 Top 10 Wizarding Fails

Many wizards command great power, but these 10 wizarding fails paint a different picture. Who made the sorcerer's hall of shame at HowStuffWorks? See more »

The 21 Best-selling Books of All Time

 The 21 Best-selling Books of All Time

What are the best-selling books of all time? Read about the most popular books in history at HowStuffWorks. See more »

20 Best-Selling Children’s Books of All Time

 20 Best-Selling Children’s Books of All Time

Some have books captivated the hearts of children all over the world. See our list of the 20 best-selling children's books of all time. See more »

How Poetry Works

 How Poetry Works

Poetry is one of the oldest art forms in existence. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn the ins and outs of poetry. See more »

How LibriVox Works

 How LibriVox Works

LibriVox is a volunteer-based organization that catalogues audio books. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about LibriVox. See more »

Top 10 Rare Books

 Top 10 Rare Books

The top 10 rare books may surprise you. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn the top 10 rare books. See more »

How to Find the Value of Old Books

 How to Find the Value of Old Books

Finding the value of old books can sometimes be difficult. Visit HowStuffWorks for information on finding the value of old books. See more »

What is the oldest book in the world?

 What is the oldest book in the world?

What is the oldest book in the world? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn about the oldest book in the world. See more »