5. Cursed Books: The Lesser Key of Solomon
The Lesser Key of Solomon – also known as Clavicula Salomonis Regis – is a cursed grimoire of demonology. Its original authors are unknown, and it’s said to be comprised of texts compiled sometime in the seventeenth century.
The book contains passages on how to conjure spirits of the dead and demons and how to control these entities to do your bidding. Curses and invocations also play a large role in the ancient text. Esoteric topics like how to become invisible and locate missing or stolen items are covered. Recipes for love potions and liquors of persuasion are also scattered throughout the book.
This definitely isn’t a book you want to own. It’s reportedly so cursed that it will doom anyone who keeps a copy on their bookshelf. Those who’ve owned it have reported strange occurrences, like pages turning on their own and books violently flying across the room. Strange whispers and shadow creatures have also been reported by owners of the manual.
Owning The Lesser Key of Solomon is also believed to bring about catastrophic bad luck. It’s said that the only way to break the book’s curse is to burn the pages and properly dispose of the ashes.
4. Cursed Books: The Codex Gigas
The Codex Gigas – AKA ‘the Devil’s Bible – is a weighty tome that dates all the way back to the twelfth century. This book weighs a whopping 165 pounds and harbours so much negative energy that it would make Stephen King blush.
The Codex Gigas is said to be written by a monk who had broken his spiritual vows. For his crime, the monk was sentenced to die entombed behind a brick wall. The night before his death, the monk began chronicling everything he knew about the human experience in a book. Realising he wouldn’t have the time to finish it, he summoned Lucifer and asked him to complete the project in exchange for his soul.
The book was then allegedly completed by the devil himself. It’s overflowing with dark rituals and imagery, and even includes nineteen-inch drawings of the devil and other demonic entities.
3. The Book of Soyga
The Book of Soyga is a Latin essay about demonology that dates all the way back to the early sixteenth century.
Only two known copies of The Book of Soyga exist. One was owned by the scholar John Dee, who devoted his entire life to decoding it. Dee determined that the book was full of dark rituals and incantations. However, he struggled to decipher the final 36 pages. Obsessed and frustrated, Dee summoned the Archangel Uriel to help with the translation.
Speaking through Dee’s medium, Uriel explained that the book came into existence when Adam ended paradise, and that it could only be interpreted by Archangel Michael. But if you’re thinking of cracking the case yourself, beware. According to the legend, anyone who successfully deciphers the final 36 pages is fated to die within two and half years.
2. Tomino’s Hell
Tomino’s Hell is a notoriously cursed poem written by the Japanese writer Yomota Inuhiko. It was first published in 1919 in a book called The Heart is Like a Rolling Stone.
The poem is about a boy named Tomino, who is stricken with guilt and grief following the deaths of his sisters and father. The poem is imbued with a lot of the author’s own pain and suffering, and it’s believed these qualities have manifested in the form of a curse.
According to the legend, anyone who reads Tomino’s Hell out loud will suffer a tragic fate – most likely death. Their soul will be eternally damned and will descend into the deepest recesses of Hell. Exercise extreme caution.
1. Cursed Books: The Grand Grimoire
The Grand Grimoire is one of the most potent and deadly occult books in existence. It was written sometime in the sixteenth century by a man who was supposedly possessed by the devil. Therefore, it’s often referred to as ‘The Gospel of Satan’.
This book is full of dark incantations and can teach readers how to summon powerful demons and even raise the dead. Of course, wielding these powers comes with a price. It’s said that anyone reads The Grand Grimoire is offering their soul to the devil.
For this reason, the original text is considered highly dangerous and has been locked away somewhere in the Vatican’s secret archives.
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