The Red Book of Appin – From Legendary Grimiore to Dangerous Internet Hoax

The Red Book of Appin is a name many occultists may have heard but few would know much about. Folklore claims the book was stolen from the Devil as a trick by a young shepherd on whom Satan had set his sights. Montague Summers in his History of Witchcraft and Demonology relates that the book “contained a large number of magic runes and incantations for the cure of cattle diseases, the increase of flocks and the fertility of fields” and (in common with many books of magic) its simple possession conferred upon the owner certain preternatural powers. By Summers’ time the book had already been missing for at least 100 years.

Folklorists these days tend to agree that the book existed and disappeared but contend it was in reality a home brewed book on veterinary medicine that gained its magical reputation through word of mouth. It should be noted that spellbooks like The Long Lost Friend are considered manuals of “medicine” and remedies for men and beasts, so it isn’t impossible that The Red Book of Appin contained charms and incantations in a similar vein. The general consensus among academics and occultists both is that the book deals largely with the problems a small farmer may encounter.

There is, unfortunately, a false grimiore that has been circulating on the Internet which purports to be The Red Book of Appin and is available in .pdf format from dozens of sites, as well as being uploaded to Scribd and other document sharing services. This book is best described in its own words:

“Some say that The Red Book had been dictated by Vlad Tepes himself to some monk Kirill. If it is so or not, we cannot say, but the devil-worshipping of the great romanian general is an unquestionable fact, which no serious black adept can deny. It is well known that this document, enwrapped in blood-red leather of some unknown creature (according to rumors , that was one of lower demons, invoked by Vlad specially for this purpose), was kept by the english merchant Joseph Appin (from this comes the title of the book), who died in 1689 and bequeathed to bury it together with him.

Having accomplished their father`s behest, two of his sons afterwards digged his grave out in order to get the access to the source of terrible transcendent knowledge, but found no book there.

It is possible that the book had been stolen by some offspiring of Vlad, and since then it was imparted from father to son until the year 1869, when it got into the hands of the Hungarian secret community <Tremalosh>, which afterwards turned to one of branches of the Great Black Lodge under the abbreviation A.C.C. The copy had been imparted to the Pontiphic of the Lodge Johan Kellenheim in 1901 and translated to
polish and German.

The further destinity of the original is unknown. It`s written in the purest version of the enochian language, in comparison with which the language of John Dee is just a pitiable senseless murmuring, and not with enochian symbols but with latin letters, which confirms the version of writing it by the monk, unfamiliar with the Heavenly Language.”

Clearly only the most credulous audience could accept these wild and historically inaccurate claims as true (there was no Romania in Tepes time and no convincing evidence that he wasn’t a good Christian has ever been unearthed) but as we all know the “New Age” has produced people so open minded many have had their brains fall out.

I hesitated to put a link to this drivel in this post but I feel it’s important you at least browse through some of it to understand why I consider this a particularly dangerous hoax. This work is actually associated with the (fairly) new Demonolatry movement and the “translator” of this work, Sacarabaeus Tractat, draws heavily from Demonolatry but adds in a healthy dose of good old fashioned devil worship of the kind more familiar to Hammer Horror fans than serious occultists. The book contains what are said to be instructions for a person to become a “Wizard” which seems to be a synonym for a serial killing rapist in the author’s mind. These instructions include summoning an unwise number of demons, adopting some very immature anti-Christian attitudes and in several places killing infants. One rite calls for a man to be stabbed to death, and a black dog which has been allowed to drink the victim’s blood to then be killed as well! Reading about all the men, women and children the author recommends killing makes one wish the author had gone ahead and killed himself before penning this sociopathic, adolescent fantasy.

Hopefully this is a work of fiction, some bit of theater for online role players, but as we have seen in the late 90s these sorts of “Satanic” movements can take on a life of their own. There is of course the metaphysical danger of people performing the less criminal rituals which still involve a (no doubt disturbed) magician summoning demons which, real or imagined, are there to grant this person the power to rape, murder and generally do evil for no discernible reason.

It is the popularity of this vile work that is most disturbing. It is being passed from site to site, user to user with alarming speed considering how obviously worthless the manual is. Even if people simply enjoyed reading this, that in and of itself is enough to make me uncomfortable, the same feeling I get when someone tells me they’ve read de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom and enjoyed it. There’s just something a little “off” about the person who enjoys either.

We live in time when many practitioners are fairly lazy. They have not and will not spend much time researching the spells they wish to practice. In this respect the Internet has hurt the occult community a great deal, by replacing training and the knowledge gained just from the search for spells with quick and easy access to anonymous information that is, as in this case, produced by dabblers and degenerates. I hope no one takes this manual seriously, but judging by the caliber of many young Witches and Warlocks I’ve recently come into contact with, I’m betting in the next few years we’ll all hear about someone who has.

The Red Book of Appin Translated by Scarabaeus – Black Magic and try From the Collection


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