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|WHO/WHAT IS A NECROSCOPE®?
Years ago this definition was used in the original Necroscope® printing in the UK by Grafton. (The jacket with the nasty half
flesh/halfbone skull and red spine.)
Why this definition never appeared in the US editions I don’t know … it would have certainly answered the question to all the US
readers who wanted to know then and still want to know now.
Here is Brian Lumley’s definition of a Necroscope® as taken from the inside of above mentioned book.
The following material is copyright © Brian Lumley (2013 to infinity and beyond). It is not to be used in any other publication
without express permission from Brian Lumley ... which won't happen as Necroscope® is a registered trademark
of Brian Lumley.
Tele- (Gk. tele: ‘far’.) A telescope is an optical instrument which enlarges images of distant objects. For example: the surface of the
Moon may be viewed as from only a few hundred miles away.
Micro- (Gk. mikros: ‘small’) A microscope is an optical instrument which makes small objects visible to the human eye. Through a
microscope, a drop of ‘clear’ water is seen to contain countless unsuspected micro-organisms.
Necro- (Gk. nekros: ‘a corpse’) A Necroscope is a human instrument which permits access to the minds of the dead. Harry Keogh is a
Necroscope – he knows the thoughts of corpses in their graves.
The main difference between these instruments is this: the first two perform purely physical, one-way functions. They are incapable of
changing anything. The Moon cannot look back through the telescope; the amoeba does not know it is under microscopic scrutiny.
That’s Harry Keogh’s big problem: his talent seems to work both ways. The dead know – and they won’t lie still for it!