“I have traveled the world in search of the darknessa
journey that ended within myself.”
- Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt, 1839.
The author of this book spent many years touring the world, study ing various cults and
secret societies. He gained person al admission to many of these groups, often requiring
him to suffer terrible initiation rites. The original Black Book is over 1000 pages
long. Much of it relates to more familiar societies such as the Assass ins, the Thuggees,
and the Leopard Societies, but he deals at some length with a set of cults which seem
to revere the same pantheon of deit ies. This material, contai ned in the second and last
part of the book, is arranged as follows:
• INTRODUCTION: ‘The Narrative of the Elder World", a tremendous essay
describing the Cthulhu myth-cycle as described by Eibon, Al-azrad and others.
• CHAPTER ONE: A description of a cult somewhere in Germany that worships a
being called Cyaeg ha.
Spell: Call Forth Cyaegha (Call/Dismiss Cyaegha*).
• CHAPTER TWO: A fertility cult Von Junzt discovered in southern France, worshipers
of the Sign of the Three-Headed Goat.
Spells: Call Forth the Woodland Goddess (Call/Dismiss Shub-Niggurath),
Command the Trees (Summon/Bind Dark Young).
• CHAPTER THREE: Describes a rural English pagan cult.
Spell: Call Forth the Horned Man (CalllDismiss Nyarlathotep).
• CHAPTER FOUR: Tells of a secret cult of cannibals headquartered in the slums
of Paris, and mentions the Comte d’Eriette’s work on the subject.
Spell: Contact Brother (Contact Ghoul).
• CHAPTER FIVE: Describes Von Junzt’ s travels to Asia and a meeting with the
Tcho-Tcho people of Indo-China.
Spell: Address Zhar (Contact Deity/Zhar) .
• CHAPTER SIX: Describes an insane Russian peasant living in Siberia who
claims to worship “a great god in the sky,” and his castrated followers.
Spell: Call Forth the Sun (Call/Dismiss Azathoth).
• CHAPTER SEVEN: Tells of a mysterious stone monastery high in the Tibetan
Himalayas inhabited by priests worshiping “spirits of the air” .
Spell: Command Airy Travelers (Summon/Bind Byakhee ).
• CHAPTER EIGHT: Describes a Dagon cult in the eastern Mediterranean. Von
Junzt claims that cults worshiping this blasphemous god are found around the world.
Spells: Contact Children of Dagon (Contact Deep One), Contact Dagon.
CHAPTER NINE: Describes a secret cult of the dead in southern Spain.
Spell: Revivify (Resurrection).
• CHAPTER TEN: A small cult in Transylvania that worships a terrible monster
living in a stinking pit.
Spell: Call Forth That Which Should Not Be (Call/Disrniss Nyogtha).
• CHAPTER ELEVEN: Relates legends of an ancient (supposedly extinct) cult in
the small Hungarian village of Stregoicavar that worshiped a blasphemous god
appearing atop an ancient stone monolith.
Spell: Call Him (Call/Dismiss Gol-Goroth*).
• CHAPTER TWELVE: Describes an intensely secretive cult called the Brothers
of the Yellow Sign. They are devoted to uncovering and disrupting the plans of
“the space devils”.
Spell: Call Space Devil (Contact Mi-go).
• CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Tells of a secretive cult headquartered in a Transylvania
castle called The Brotherhood of the Beast. They await the time when the evil
Egyptian Pharaoh, Nephren-Ka, returns to lead mankind.
Spell: Barrier of Naach-Tith.
• CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Describes a secretive world-wide cult dedicated to
keeping captive an unknown monster.
Spell: Call/Dismiss It (Call/Dismiss Ghatanothoa).
• CHAPTERS FIFTEEN THROUGH TWENTY: A section dealing with the
“Keys”, a similar set of phrasings, codes, and prayers found in common among