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Origin

Unausprechlichen Kulten,[1][2] also known as the Nameless Cults[5][4][6] was written by Von Junzt,[5][4][2][6] a German eccentric.[7]

The Düsseldorf edition, which became extremely rare, was known as the "Black Book" (because of its dark content),[6] That name was also possibly used loosely to designate Unausprechlichen Kulten.[7]

Modern Age

The book was mostly unknown to the profanes,[5] though others had rather detailed information on it.[6]

Despite its rarity, multiple copies of the book have surfaced during the Modern Age:

  • During his studies with the Ancient One, Doctor Strange learned of Von Junzt's Unausprechlichen Kulten,[1] though it is unknown at what extent and if the Ancient One possessed a copy.
  • Mr. Costigan read in the Black Book about the Black Stone of Stregoicavar, mentioning it as having been once the object of worship of an ancient fertility cult.[7] How Costigan came across a copy is unrevealed. As Costigan mentioned the volume as "Black Book", it could indicate that he had access to a Düsseldorf edition (or the "black book" name could have been used loosely).
  • Jedediah, living in Witch House, in Penmallow, in Cornwall, England, possessed a copy of "Nameless Cults" within his massive collection of knowledge of the occult arts, older wisdoms, magic, and necromancy. Henry Gordon inherited of it.[5] The copy was presumably lost when Withch House was destroyed by Doctor Strange.
  • Using his English-covered copy of "Nameless Cults", Herr Tussmann to find the pre-columbian Temple of the Toad in Central America, built by a different race. There he found the toad-shaped jewel, a key, that he used to open the tomb, that way awakening the Toad God, which stalked him back home to retrieve the jewel.[4] The fate of this copy remains unrevealed.
  • Myrna Lukaikas seemingly possessed a copy of Unausprechlichen Kulten, as well as a book by or about Von Junzt, as part of her collection on occult matters.[8]

Content

The book was known as the Black Book due to its dark contents.[6] It included:

  • information on "cosmic obsenity that slumbers", and of cults and lost races that await to end that slumber,[1] such as:
  • the tale of the sunking of Kalumesh, a land accursed by the Elder Ones representing good because its people worshipped the demon-god Dagoth, himself a servant of Shuma-Gorath,[5]
  • a warning of waking "sleeping things",[4] such as:
    • the Toad God[9] of the pre-columbian Temple of the Toad in Central America (built by a different race), of the toad-shaped jewel in it.
      "The temple's god is the temple's treasure",[4]
  • a chapter on the summoning of daemons out of the Void,[6]

Notes

  • Unausprechlichen Kulten is a fictional book created by Robert E. Howard in "The Black Stone" (November, 1931), adapted in Savage Sword of Conan #74 (March, 1982).
    • Howard was credited as "featuring concepts created by" for the mention of the item in "The Spawn of Sligguth!" (Marvel Premiere #4; September, 1972).

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