The most common question I receive from folks asking about Satan, Satanism and Satanists is, “Where do you learn all this Satan stuff?”. I always answer “The library.”, and then link several different books for them to dig into. Why not make a list of these books, link where to find them and post it for EVERYONE to see?
So in that spirit, check out the top 50 books that I think can give a clearer view of Satanism, Satan, Moral Panic and where many Satanists draw their knowledge and inspiration from. [Alphabetical by title…mostly]
Update: April 25, 2022
Read further for a more extensive list of occult titles (95+)!
- A Delusion Of Satan
by Frances Hill
This acclaimed history illuminates the horrifying episode of Salem with visceral clarity, from those who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas to the four-year-old “witch” chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. Antonia Fraser called it “a grisly read and an engrossing one.”
- Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism
by Ruben van Luijk
Satanism adopts Satan, the Judeo-Christian representative of evil, as an object of veneration. This book explores the historical origins of this extraordinary “antireligion.” While the concept of people worshipping Satan was actually an invention of Christianity to demonize its internal and external competitors, this dark stereotype created by the Church eventually came to be embraced as a positive (anti)religious identity by some in the modern West. Children of Lucifer traces the long and tortuous trajectory to this unique occurrence, a story that involves Romantic poets, radical anarchists, eccentric esotericists, Decadent writers, and schismatic exorcists, among others, culminating in the establishment of the Church of Satan by the carnival entertainer Anton Szandor LaVey. Yet it is more than just a collection of colorful characters and unlikely historical episodes. The emergence of new attitudes to Satan proves to be intimately linked to the Western Revolution, the ideological struggle for emancipation that transformed the West and is epitomized by the American and French Revolutions. It is also closely connected to secularization, that other exceptional historical process during which Western culture spontaneously renounced its traditional gods in order to enter into a self-chosen state of religious indecision. As this study seeks to show, the emergence of Satanism thus presents a shadow history of the evolution of modern civilization as we know it.
- Compassionate Satanism: An Introduction to Modern Satanic Practice
by Lilith Starr
Discover the benefits of nontheistic Satanism, the dynamic religion taking the world by storm! Get started with this comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to modern Satanic practice by an experienced Satanic insider. Drawing on her years of leadership in The Satanic Temple (now with over 300,000 members worldwide), award-winning author Lilith Starr demystifies the rapidly-growing Satanic religion based on compassion, reason, and justice and provides a clear road map for building Satanic practice. Learn to tap into your own power, create your own unique, meaningful religious practice, stand up against tyranny and oppression, and find a supportive Satanic community that accepts you just as you are. With a Foreword by Lucien Greaves, Co-Founder of The Satanic Temple. This extensive guide to modern Satanism also includes a collection of Satanic ritual scripts, a number of in-depth interviews with practicing Satanists, and a section on Satanic holidays. Perfect for beginners and Satanic sophisticates alike!
- Contemporary Religious Satanism: A Critical Anthology
by Jesper Aagaard Petersen
The Church of Satan was founded by Anton LaVey on April 30, 1966. In his hands, Satan became a provocative symbol for indulgence, vital existence, natural wisdom and the human being’s true animal nature. At present, religious Satanism exists primarily as a decentralized subculture with a strong internet presence within a larger Satanic milieu in Western culture. Though most are inspired by LaVey, the majority of contemporary Satanists are not members of the Church of Satan. The various expressions of modern Satanism all navigate in today’s de-traditionalized religious market through the creative appropriation of popular culture, philosophy, literature and religion. The concrete solutions are varied; but they all understand the power of transgression allying oneself with a most powerful symbol of resistance, namely Satan. Thus, contemporary religious Satanism could be understood as a complex negotiation of atheism, secularism, esotericism and self: A “self-religion” in the modern age. Despite the fascinating nature of religious Satanism, it has attracted little scholarship until relatively recently. This book brings together a group of international scholars to produce the first serious book-length study of religious Satanism, presenting a collection that will have wide appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike. The first part contains broader studies of influential groups and important aspects of the Satanic milieu, especially regarding historical developments, the construction of tradition and issues of legitimacy. The second part narrows the view to regional variations, especially with studies on Northern and Eastern Europe. The third part consists of primary documents selected for their representational and informational value.
- Dictionary of Satanism
by Wade Baskin
A handy, comprehensive guide to a wide range of topics relating to the awesome power and cult of Satan, in myriad forms and under many different names, from ancient times to the present. Distilled from hundreds of reliable sources, both religious and secular, the entries include men and movements, orders and objects, rites, rituals, incantations, events, legends, and occult practices that have fascinated the mind of man through the ages. It also contains entries relating to a host of unorthodox beliefs and irrational acts, such as the murder of Sharon Tate, which have only recently come to light. The simple manner in which even the most abstruse topics are handled is certain to open the mysterious world of darkness to readers with no prior knowledge of the occult and to intrigue and inform those who seek to extend their knowledge of the subject. Wade Baskin (1924–1974) was an American author and translator. Known for his extensive list of books on the occult and for his studies of linguistics and philosophy, Baskin also taught at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he was inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame. He was the editor of Classics in Education.
- Finding Empowerment: Tenets, Sigils and Rituals
by Aria deSatanas
This is a short handbook about Rituals, Sigils and the author’s personal views on The Satanic Temple’s “Seven Tenets”. Dive in to a simple but elegant set of rituals and learn to make your own!
- Folk Devils and Moral Panics
by Stanley Cohen
Mods and Rockers, skinheads, video nasties, designer drugs, bogus asylum seeks and hoodies. Every era has its own moral panics. It was Stanley Cohen’s classic account, first published in the early 1970s and regularly revised, that brought the term ‘moral panic’ into widespread discussion. It is an outstanding investigation of the way in which the media and often those in a position of political power define a condition, or group, as a threat to societal values and interests. Fanned by screaming media headlines, Cohen brilliantly demonstrates how this leads to such groups being marginalised and vilified in the popular imagination, inhibiting rational debate about solutions to the social problems such groups represent. Furthermore, he argues that moral panics go even further by identifying the very fault lines of power in society.
- Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds
by Mary Shelley and David H. Guston
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has endured in the popular imagination for two hundred years. Begun as a ghost story by an intellectually and socially precocious eighteen-year-old author during a cold and rainy summer on the shores of Lake Geneva, the dramatic tale of Victor Frankenstein and his stitched-together creature can be read as the ultimate parable of scientific hubris. Victor, “the modern Prometheus,” tried to do what he perhaps should have left to Nature: create life. Although the novel is most often discussed in literary-historical terms—as a seminal example of romanticism or as a groundbreaking early work of science fiction—Mary Shelley was keenly aware of contemporary scientific developments and incorporated them into her story. In our era of synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and climate engineering, this edition of Frankenstein will resonate forcefully for readers with a background or interest in science and engineering, and anyone intrigued by the fundamental questions of creativity and responsibility. This edition of Frankenstein pairs the original 1818 version of the manuscript—meticulously line-edited and amended by Charles E. Robinson, one of the world’s preeminent authorities on the text—with annotations and essays by leading scholars exploring the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by this remarkable story. The result is a unique and accessible edition of one of the most thought-provoking and influential novels ever written.
- Free Will
by Sam Harris
A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion. In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.
- God and the State
by Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin
God and the State (called by its author The Historical Sophisms of the Doctrinaire School of Communism) is an unfinished manuscript by the Russian anarchist philosopher Mikhail Bakunin, published posthumously in 1882. The work criticises Christianity and the then-burgeoning technocracy movement from a materialist, anarchist and individualist perspective. Early editions contained rewrites by Carlo Cafiero and Élisée Reclus in order to make the work more poetic in the translated French and due to misreadings, but later translations have attempted to remain more faithful to the original text. It has gone on to become Bakunin’s most widely read and praised work.
- God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens
Whether you’re a lifelong believer, a devout atheist, or someone who remains uncertain about the role of religion in our lives, this insightful manifesto will engage you with its provocative ideas. With a close and studied reading of the major religious texts, Christopher Hitchens documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion.
- Here’s to My Sweet Satan: How the Occult Haunted Music, Movies and Pop Culture, 1966-1980
by George Case
A sweeping and masterful cultural history, “Here’s to My Sweet Satan” tells how the Occult conquered the American imagination, weaving together topics as diverse as the birth of heavy metal, 1970s horror films, the New Age movement, Count Chocula cereal, the serial killer Son of Sam, and more. Cultural critic George Case explores how the Occult craze permanently changed American society, creating the cultural framework for the political power of the religious right, false accusations of Satanic child abuse, and today’s widespread rejection of science and rationality. An insightful blend of pop culture and social history, “Here’s to My Sweet Satan” lucidly explains how the most technological society on earth became enthralled by the supernatural.
- Introduction to Romantic Satanism
by Michael Osiris Snuffin
The artistic and political movement known as Romantic Satanism challenged the traditional Christian concept of Satan as the source of all evil, recasting the Devil as a heroic rebel in a struggle against oppression and injustice. Works in the genre of Romantic Satanism were penned by some of the greatest authors of the 19th century, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, George Sand, and Victor Hugo. However, the only literature available on Romantic Satanism, written by and for academics, is not very accessible to a general audience. In Introduction to Romantic Satanism, Satanic historian Michael Osiris Snuffin presents a clear and concise overview of this fascinating subject, describing the historical events that changed people’s attitudes about Satan and exploring the literary origins of the genre in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Using five themes of Romantic Satanism, Snuffin examines sixteen Satanic works written by influential English and French authors, from William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell to Anatole France’s Revolt of the Angels. These authors created a new concept of Satan for the modern world, portraying him as a noble revolutionary fighting against religious tyranny. Introduction to Romantic Satanism reveals this modern Satan, a figure more relevant to 21st century Satanic activism than the archaic Devil of Christian mythology.
- Lords of the Left-Hand Path: Forbidden Practices and Spiritual Heresies
by Stephen E. Flowers Ph.D.
Flowers explains that while the right-hand path seeks union with and thus dependence on God, the left-hand path seeks a “higher law” based on knowledge and power. It is the way of self-empowerment and true freedom. Beginning with ancient Hindu and Buddhist sects and moving Westward, he examines many alleged left-hand path groups, including the Cult of Set, the Yezidi Devil Worshippers, the Assassins, the Neoplatonists, the Hell-Fire Club, the Bolsheviks, the occult Nazis, and several heretical Sufi, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Muslim sects. Following a carefully crafted definition of a true adherent of the left-hand path based on two main principles–self-deification and challenge to the conventions of “good” and “evil”–the author analyzes many famous and infamous personalities, including H. P. Blavatsky, Faust, the Marquis de Sade, Austin Osman Spare, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Anton LaVey, and Michael Aquino, and reveals which occult masters were Lords of the Left-Hand Path. Flowers shows that the left-hand path is not inherently evil but part of our heritage and our deep-seated desire to be free, independent, and in control of our destinies.
by Joost van den Vondel
An influential and controversial work by Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679), the colossus of Dutch literature, regarded as a major influence on Milton’s Paradise Lost. An angel returns from Eden, his wings singed by the beauty of Adam and Eve’s world, longing for the pleasures of their flesh.
- Lucifer Ascending: The Occult in Folklore and Popular Culture
by Bill Ellis
Despite their centuries-old history and traditions, witchcraft and magic are still very much a part of modern Anglo-American culture. In Lucifer Ascending, Bill Ellis looks at modern practices that are universally defined as “occult,” from commonplace habits such as carrying a rabbit’s foot for good luck or using a Ouija board, to more esoteric traditions, such as the use of spell books. In particular, Ellis shows how the occult has been a common element in youth culture for hundreds of years. Using materials from little known publications and archives, Lucifer Ascending details the true social function of individuals’ dabbling with the occult. In his survey of what Ellis terms “vernacular occultism,” the author is poised on a middle ground between a skeptical point of view that defines belief in witchcraft and Satan as irrational and an interpretation of witchcraft as an underground religion opposing Christianity. Lucifer Ascending examines the occult not as an alternative to religion but rather as a means for ordinary people to participate directly in the mythic realm.
- Michelle Remembers
by Michelle Smith and Lawrence Pazder MD
Published in 1980, co-written by Canadian psychiatrist Lawrence Pazder and his psychiatric patient (and eventual wife) Michelle Smith. This best-seller was the first book written on the subject of Satanic ritual abuse and is an important part of the controversies beginning in the 1980s regarding satanic ritual abuse and repressed memory.
- Milton and the Rise of Russian Satanism
by Valetin Boss
No European Devil can claim so long or so political a connection with Russian culture as Milton’s Satan. Russian poets came to know him before they heard of Dante, Marlowe, Tasso, or of the devils of the Baroque era. This may explain why Milton’s influence was so intensely felt by the Russians, especially during the Romantic age. In this, the first study in any language of Milton’s reception in Russia, that influence is traced to an early translation of Paradise Lost uncovered by Valentin Boss in the Moscow archives. British radicals who professed to believe that Milton himself was of the Devil’s party were, with the notable exception of Byron and Tom Moore, hardly known by Pushkin and his contemporaries. Russian literary Satanism, although derived from Milton, thus developed its own characteristics which tsarist censors considered morally subversive. A brilliant pleiade of poets from Zhukovsky to Lermontov gave Milton’s outcast from Heaven some of his many modern masks. Towards the end of the nineteenth century these inspired the alarming paintings and sculptures of Mikhail Vrubel who, like Lermentov, was obsessed by the demonic. In cultural influence Goethe’s Devil had by then eclipsed Milton’s, but Goethe’s did not survive 1917 with the same political authority. Boss concludes with a description of what happened to Milton’s Satan after October 1917, when his connection with the English Revolution gave him an edge his German rival lacked. Lunacharsky, Lenin’s Commissar for Education, who admired Milton’s Arch-rebel, steered him past Left-wing Communists who continued to regard Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained as Christian propaganda. Despite such attacks, Milton’s Satan resurfaced under Brezhnev to bask in Soviet pedagogic approval as an Anti-Imperialist and ‘the embodiment of love of freedom.’ Russian notions of good and evil changed before the Revolution and will change again under glasnost’ and perestroika. But no literary character has reflected such changes more dramatically than Milton’s Satan, who managed to be both a hero to Romantic poets and Marxist critics.
- Modern Satanism: Anatomy of a Radical Subculture
by Chris Matthews
In 1966, Anton LaVey introduced to the world the Church of Satan, an atheistic religion devoted to the philosophy of individualism and pitilessness often associated with Satan. Modern Satanism offers a comprehensive survey and analysis of the church that LaVey built. Satanism has been an open religion for forty years now and operates successfully in its self-created countercultural niche. Given the provocative nature of its name, contemporary Satanism is only superficially understood as an alternative religion/ideology, and all-too-frequently seen as a medieval superstition and associated with rumors of obscure rituals, perverse hedonism, cult-like behavior, and tales of ritual abuse and murder. These may be misconceptions, but the truth behind the unenviable reputation is no less dramatic. Satanism generally eschews supernatural beliefs and embodies a staunchly individualistic, pitiless, anti-egalitarian creed. If there is anything fundamentally diabolical about modern Satanism, it stems more from the echoes of Nazism in its theories than from its horror-comic trappings. Modern Satanism covers the history, ideology, personalities, and practices of the decentralized international movement that contemporary Satanism has become. The work addresses the various beliefs and practices espoused by those who follow it: the ideal of Satan as a rebellious emblem; Satanism’s occult, literary, and philosophical influences; the history of the Church of Satan and other Satanic organizations; the ideology of Satanism; Satanism’s frequent flirtations and strong parallels with neo-Nazism and other forms of extremism; Satanism in the media and popular culture; and the reasons for Satanism’s continuing attractiveness to new converts. Though the tone of the work attempts to remain neutral when discussing historical matters, it is by necessity critical of the subculture’s extremist rhetoric and recurring associations with the far right and racialist extremism.
- Paradise Lost
by John Milton
John Milton’s epic poem describes the fall of humankind and the war between heaven and hell. Satan and his fellow fallen angels are jealous that God has not given them more power. They decide to take their revenge on God’s newest creation: humankind. Though warned by God, Adam and Eve are tempted by Satan and disobey God’s command. Thereafter, the world is filled with sin and death, and Adam and Eve must leave Paradise, but not without a promise from God of a savior in the future. This is an unabridged version of Milton’s second edition of the poem, which was originally published in England in 1674.
- Prometheus Unbound
by Percy Shelley
Prometheus Unbound is a four-act lyrical drama by Percy Bysshe Shelley, first published in 1820. It is concerned with the torments of the Greek mythological figure Prometheus, who defies the gods and gives fire to humanity, for which he is subjected to eternal punishment and suffering at the hands of Zeus.
- Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media
by Bill Ellis
Raising the Devil reveals how the Christian Pentecostal movement, right-wing conspiracy theories, and an opportunistic media turned grassroots folk traditions into the Satanism scare of the 1980s. During the mid-twentieth century, devil worship was seen as merely an isolated practice of medieval times. But by the early 1980s, many influential experts in clinical medicine and in law enforcement were proclaiming that satanic cults were widespread and dangerous. By examining the broader context for alleged “cult” activity, Bill Ellis demonstrates how the image of contemporary Satanism emerged during the 1970s. Blaming a wide range of mental and physical illnesses on in-dwelling demons, a faction of the Pentecostal movement became convinced that their gifts of the spirit were being opposed by satanic activities. They attributed these activities to a “cult” that was the evil twin of true Christianity. In some of the cases Ellis considers, common folk beliefs and rituals were misunderstood as evidence of devil worship. In others, narratives and rituals themselves were used to combat satanic forces. As the media found such stories more and more attractive, any activity with even remotely occult overtones was demonized in order to fit a model of absolute good confronting evil. Ellis’s wide-ranging investigation covers ouija boards, cattle mutilation, graveyard desecration, and “diabolical medicine”―the psychiatric community’s version of exorcism. He offers a balanced view of contentious issues such as demonic possession, satanic ritual abuse, and the testimonies of confessing “ex-Satanists.” A trained folklorist, Ellis seeks to navigate a middle road in this dialog, and his insights into informal religious traditions clarify how the image of Satanism both explained and created deviant behavior.
- Remembering Satan: A TRAGIC CASE OF RECOVERED MEMORY
by Lawrence Wright
In 1988 Ericka and Julie Ingram began making a series of accusations of sexual abuse against their father, Paul Ingram, who was a respected deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington. At first the accusations were confined to molestations in their childhood, but they grew to include torture and rape as recently as the month before. At a time when reported incidents of “recovered memories” had become widespread, these accusations were not unusual. What captured national attention in this case is that, under questioning, Ingram appeared to remember participating in bizarre satanic rites involving his whole family and other members of the sheriff’s department. Remembering Satan is a lucid, measured, yet absolutely riveting inquest into a case that destroyed a family, engulfed a small town, and captivated an America obsessed by rumors of a satanic underground. As it follows the increasingly bizarre accusations and confessions, the claims and counterclaims of police, FBI investigators, and mental health professionals. Remembering Satan gives us what is at once a psychological detective story and a domestic tragedy about what happens when modern science is subsumed by our most archaic fears.
- Romantic Satanism: Myth and the Historical Moment in Blake, Shelley and Byron
by Peter Schock
Criticism has largely emphasised the private meaning of ‘Romantic Satanism’, treating it as the celebration of subjectivity through allusions to Paradise Lost that voice Satan’s solitary defiance. The first full-length treatment of its subject, Romantic Satanism explores this literary phenomenon as a socially produced myth exhibiting the response of writers to their milieu. Through contextualized readings of the major works of Blake, Shelley, and Byron, this book demonstrates that Satanism enabled Romantic writers to interpret their tempestuous age: it provided them a mythic medium for articulating the hopes and fears their age aroused, for prophesying and inducing change.
- Satan Rehabilitated?
by R.B. van Luijk
A study into satanism in the nineteenth century.
- Satan Speaks!
by Anton Szandor LaVey
The last book of essays by Church of Satan founder LaVey. Anton Szandor LaVey, notorious founder of the Church of Satan, died on October 29, 1997, days after completing his final contribution to Satan Speaks! Satan Speaks! collects together sixty unorthodox, paradoxical and humorous essays by the most misunderstood man in America. Marilyn Manson pays tribute to Anton LaVey in his forward, and Blanche Barton, mother of Xerxes Satan LaVey, provides a poignant introduction.
- Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt
by Debbie Nathan
Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s and early 1990s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence, that respectable men and women in their midst many of them trusted preschool teachers secretly gathered in far reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic.
- Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Woman in Nineteenth-Century Culture
by Per Faxneld
According to the Bible, Eve was the first to heed Satan’s advice to eat of the forbidden fruit. The notion of woman as the Devil’s accomplice is prominent throughout the history of Christianity and has been used to legitimate the subordination of wives and daughters. During the nineteenth century, rebellious females performed counter-readings of this misogynist tradition. Hereby, Lucifer was reconceptualized as a feminist liberator of womankind, and Eve became a heroine. In these reimaginings, Satan is an ally in the struggle against a patriarchy supported by God the Father and his male priests. The book delineates how such Satanic feminism is expressed in a number of nineteenth-century esoteric works, literary texts, autobiographies, pamphlets and journals, newspaper articles, paintings, sculptures, and even artefacts of consumer culture such as jewellery. The analysis focuses on interfaces between esotericism, literature, art, and the political realm. New light is thus shed on neglected aspects of the intellectual history of feminism, Satanism, and revisionary mythmaking. The scope of the study makes it valuable not only for historians of religion but also for those with a general interest in cultural history (or specific aspects of it like gender history, romanticism, or decadent-symbolist art and literature).
- Satanic Ritual Abuse: Principles of Treatment
by Colin Ross
In recent years the subject of satanic ritual abuse (SRA) has incited widespread controversy focused primarily on whether or not such abuse actually occurs. Much like child sexual abuse, SRA was initially dismissed as an isolated or even imaginary phenomenon. Although there is increasing evidence that ritual abuse does take place, clinicians working with individual patients cannot be sure whether they are dealing with fact or fantasy. Dr Colin Ross, an expert in the treatment of dissociative disorders, has encountered more than three hundred patients with memories of alleged satanic ritual abuse. In this book, he provides a well-documented discussion of the psychological, social, and historical aspects of SRA and presents principles and techniques for its clinical treatment. Although Dr Ross has found no evidence of a widespread Satanic network he is open to the possibility that a certain percentage of his patients’ memories may be entirely or partially historically accurate. In treatment, he recommends that the therapist adopt an attitude hovering between disbelief and credulous entrapment. Dr Ross has encountered memories of SRA primarily among people who suffer from multiple personality disorders, and the principles of treatment he outlines here focus on such individuals. Treatment is described in terms of both general principles and specific techniques, with case examples. Ross’s recommendation that the same interventions be used regardless of the percentage of memories that are historically accurate bridges the gap between those who adopt a `believer’ stance and those who take a false-memory stance. This is the most detailed and comprehensive account of SRA from a clinical perspective available to date. As reports of SRA continue to escalate, it will be a valuable resource for all practicing therapists and psychiatrists.
- Satanism: A Social History
by Massimo Introvigne
A 17th-century French haberdasher invented the Black Mass. An 18th-century English Cabinet Minister administered the Eucharist to a baboon. High-ranking Catholic authorities in the 19th century believed that Satan appeared in Masonic lodges in the shape of a crocodile and played the piano there. A well-known scientist from the 20th century established a cult of the Antichrist and exploded in a laboratory experiment. Three Italian girls in 2000 sacrificed a nun to the Devil. A Black Metal band honored Satan in Krakow, Poland, in 2004 by exhibiting on stage 120 decapitated sheep heads. Some of these stories, as absurd as they might sound, were real. Others, which might appear to be equally well reported, are false. But even false stories have generated real societal reactions. For the first time, Massimo Introvigne proposes a general social history of Satanism and anti-Satanism, from the French Court of Louis XIV to the Satanic scares of the late 20th century, satanic themes in Black Metal music, the Church of Satan, and beyond.
- Speak of the Devil: How The Satanic Temple is Changing the Way We Talk about Religion
by Joseph P. Laycock
Since it was founded in 2013, The Satanic Temple has spread across the United States and throughout the world. Unlike other forms of Satanism, The Satanic Temple is highly politically active. It has invoked religious freedom to campaign for easier access to abortion, exemption from laws that allow administering corporal punishment to students, and implementing Satanic after-school clubs in elementary schools. While this group remains highly controversial, it is poorly understood. This book provides a detailed history of The Satanic Temple’s history, beliefs, and culture as well as the numerous political and legal battles this group has undertaken. The author suggests that the lasting impact of The Satanic Temple is the way their campaigns have affected national conversations about such topics as the definition of religion, religious freedom, and religious tolerance.
- The Affair of the Poisons
by Anne Somerset
Anne Somerset has gone back to original sources, letters and earlier accounts of the affair. By the end of her account, she reaches firm conclusions on various crucial matters. The Affair of the Poisons is an enthralling account of a sometimes bizarre period in French history.
- The Damned (La-Bas)
by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Durtal, a shy, censorious man, is writing a biography of Gilles de Rais, the monstrous fifteenth-century child-murderer thought to be the original for ‘Bluebeard’. Bored and disgusted by the vulgarity of everyday life, Durtal seeks spiritual solace by immersing himself in another age. But when he starts asking questions about Gilles’s involvement in satanic rituals and is introduced to the exquisitely evil madame Chantelouve, he is soon drawn into a twilight world of black magic and erotic devilry in fin-de- siècle Paris. Published in 1891, The Damned cemented Huysmans’s reputation as a writer at the forefront of the avant-garde and as one of the most challenging and innovative figures in European literature. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
- The Devil is Red: Socialist Satanism in the Nineteenth Century
by Per Faxneld
During the nineteenth century, socialists all over the Western world employed Satan as a symbol of the workers’ emancipation from capitalist tyranny and the toppling of the Christian Church, which they perceived as a protector of this oppressive system. Starting with the English Romantics at the end of the eighteenth century, European radicals developed a discourse of symbolic Satanism, which was put to use by major names in socialism like Godwin, Proudhon, and Bakunin. This shock tactic became especially widespread in turn-of-the-century Sweden, and accordingly the article focuses on the many examples of explicit socialist Satanism in that country. They are contextualized by showing the parallels to, among other things, use of Lucifer as a positive symbol in the realm of alternative spirituality, specifically the Theosophical Society. A number of reasons for why Satan gained such popularity among socialists are suggested, and the sometimes blurry line separating the rhetoric of symbolic Satanism from actual religious writing is scrutinized.
- The Devil: A New Biography
by Philip C. Almond
It is often said that the devil has all the best tunes. He also has as many names as he has guises. Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub (in Christian thought), Ha-Satan or the Adversary (in Jewish scripture) and Iblis or Shaitan (in Islamic tradition) has throughout the ages and across civilizations been a compelling and charismatic presence. For two thousand years the supposed reign of God has been challenged by the fiery malice of his opponent, as contending forces of good and evil have between them weighed human souls in the balance. In this rich and multi-textured biography, Philip C Almond explores the figure of the devil from the first centuries of the Christian era through the rise of classical demonology and witchcraft persecutions to the modern post-Enlightenment ‘decline’ of Hell. The author shows that the Prince of Darkness, in all his incarnations, remains an irresistible subject in history, religion, art, literature and culture.
- The Devil’s Tome: A Book of Modern Satanic Ritual
by Shiva Honey
The Devil’s Tome: A Book of Modern Satanic Ritual explores non-theistic satanic ritual as a means for healing, empowerment, and community building. It brings light to what is often a hidden and misunderstood practice and provides insight into how to cultivate your own personal power through Satanism. Shiva, a long-time leader within The Satanic Temple, discusses her own ‘journey to the underworld,’ the scientific case for ritual, and how to create your own Satanic ritual practice. Shiva includes a collection of Satanic rituals for the solo practitioner as well as group rituals, which include photographs, scripts, and background on rituals done at The Satanic Temple Salem. The book features a foreword and illustrations by co-founder of The Satanic Temple Lucien Greaves and illustrations by Lex Corey.
- The Invention of Satanism
by Asbjorn Dyrendal, James R. Lewis, and Jesper Aa. Petersen
The book gives an introduction to the history and sociology of Satanism. The first part shows briefly how Satanism, a term of accusation, came to be a term of positive, self-designated religious identity. It follows the oppositional readings and gradual dislodging of “Satan” from established Christian ideas through to the first forms of organized use of Satan in Western esotericism and self-religion. It then centers on the establishment of organized Satanism in the form of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, recounting some elements of its founding and the ideas presented at the early stage through The Satanic Bible. The historical part ends with a brief recounting of the Satanism scare, focusing somewhat closer than is usual on the rhetorical uses and targeting of organized Satanism during the scare. The second part of the book is primarily based on a number of surveys and presents broader demographic data on Satanists as compared to other new religious movements. While the first part traces a specific path centering on LaVey and the Church of Satan, the second part gives a broader presentation of the variety of ideas and practices related to Satan, Satanism, magic, life, and politics within the satanic milieu.
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
by William Blake
‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’ is the most overt statement Blake ever wrote in prose of his beliefs and the radical, revolutionary part of this text are ‘The Proverbs of Hell.”No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. Prisons are built with stones of Law, brothels with bricks of Religion. Prudence is a rich, ugly old maid courted by Incapacity. Exuberance is Beauty. ‘A superb insight into Blake’s beliefs and essential for a full understanding of ‘The Songs of Innocence and Experience.’
- The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov
The underground masterpiece of twentieth-century Russian fiction, this classic novel was written during Stalin’s regime and could not be published until many years after its author’s death. When the devil arrives in 1930s Moscow, consorting with a retinue of odd associates—including a talking black cat, an assassin, and a beautiful naked witch—his antics wreak havoc among the literary elite of the world capital of atheism. Meanwhile, the Master, author of an unpublished novel about Jesus and Pontius Pilate, languishes in despair in a psychiatric hospital, while his devoted lover, Margarita, decides to sell her soul to save him. As Bulgakov’s dazzlingly exuberant narrative weaves back and forth between Moscow and ancient Jerusalem, studded with scenes ranging from a giddy Satanic ball to the murder of Judas in Gethsemane, Margarita’s enduring love for the Master joins the strands of plot across space and time.
- The Origin of Satan: HOW CHRISTIANS DEMONIZED JEWS, PAGANS, AND HERETICS
by Elaine Pagels
From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan’s story into an audacious exploration of Christianity’s shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.
- The Revolt of the Angels
by Anatole France
An excellent book by the Nobel Prize-winning France that looks at the nature of religion, doubt, and fanaticism in early 20th century France through the perspective of an angel-turned-atheist and his abandoned charge. The final few chapters demonstrate exactly why France was so brilliant and, also, what tasteful sacrilege-cum-art looks like.
- The Satanic Bible
by Anton Szandor LaVey
One might expect The Satanic Bible at least to offer a few prancing demons or a virgin sacrifice, but if you hopped this train expecting a tour of the house of horrors, you’re on the wrong ride. Far from a manual for conquering the realms of earth, air, fire, and water, The Satanic Bible is Anton LaVey’s manifesto of a new religion separate from the “traditional” Judeo-Christian definitions of Satanism. While LaVey rails against the deceit of the Christian church and white magicians, he busily weaves his own deceptions. The Satanic Bible claims the heritage of a horde of evil deities–Bile’, Dagon, Moloch, and Yao Tzin to name a few–but these ancient gods have no coherent connection between each other or to Satanism, except that all have been categorized by Christianity as “evil.” Calling on these ancient names like a magician shouting, “Abracadabra,” LaVey attempts to shatter the classical depiction of Satanism as a cult of black mass and child sacrifice. As the smoke clears, he leads us through a surprisingly logical argument in favor of a life focused on self-indulgence. The Satanic Bible is less bible and more philosophy (with a few rituals thrown in to keep us entertained), but this philosophy is the backbone of a religion that, until LaVey entered the scene, was merely a myth of the Christian church. It took LaVey, and The Satanic Bible, to turn this myth into a legitimate public religion.
- The Satanic Witch
by Anton Szandor LaVey
The late Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, may be the most notoriously familiar for his Satanic Bible, but The Satanic Witch best reflects the discoveries Anton made in his younger days working the carny shows and Mitt Camps. This is undiluted Gypsy lore regarding the forbidden knowledge of seduction and manipulation. The Satanic Witch is not designed for Barbie Dolls, but women cunning and crafty enough to employ the workable formulas within, which instantly surpass the entire catalogue of self-help tomes and New Age idiocies. The Introduction — Peggy Nadramia, High Priestess of the Church of Satan, tells us how this book changed her life.
- The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton Szandor LaVey
by Blanche Barton
The Secret Life of a Satanist steps behind the curtain with the founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan. What is contemporary Satanism, and why would one start a church dedicated to the Dark One? It wasn’t a rebellion against an oppressive religious upbringing; it was Anton Szandor LaVey’s disgust with most of humanity. Drawing from Jack London, H.L. Mencken, Friedrich Nietzsche, Marquis de Sade, George Bernard Shaw, John Milton, Benjamin Franklin, and a host of reprobates, with a large dose of alchemy and black magic, LaVey formulated a philosophy that deeply resonated with him. LaVey did not worship Satan; he paid homage to the rebellious spirit of innovation, defiance, and self-reliance that the archetype embodied. His background as a musician, circus lion trainer, hypnotist, and police photographer is covered here. The author, who later became his paramour and mother to his only son, was allowed extraordinary access to documents concerning his life, testimonies from people who had known him for years, and, most importantly, anecdotes and fond memories from a man living out of his time. After the original publication of this biography in 1990, LaVey and Blanche Barton fought through the Satanic Panic together, and guided the Church for another seven years. This revised edition adds a dozen new and never-before-seen images.
- The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce
A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary offers some 1,600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forth.
- To Reign in Hell
by Steven Brust
The time is the Beginning. The place is Heaven. The story is the Revolt of the Angels—a war of magic, corruption and intrigue that could destroy the universe. To Reign in Hell…
- We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s
by Richard Beck
During the 1980s in California, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, and elsewhere, day care workers were arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of committing horrible sexual crimes against the children they cared for. These crimes, social workers and prosecutors said, had gone undetected for years, and they consisted of a brutality and sadism that defied all imagining. The dangers of babysitting services and day care centers became a national news media fixation. Of the many hundreds of people who were investigated in connection with day care and ritual abuse cases around the country, some 190 were formally charged with crimes, leading to more than 80 convictions. It would take years for people to realize what the defendants had said all along — that these prosecutions were the product of a decade-long outbreak of collective hysteria on par with the Salem witch trials. Social workers and detectives employed coercive interviewing techniques that led children to tell them what they wanted to hear. Local and national journalists fanned the flames by promoting the stories’ salacious aspects, while aggressive prosecutors sought to make their careers by unearthing an unspeakable evil where parents feared it most. Using extensive archival research and drawing on dozens of interviews conducted with the hysteria’s major figures, n+1 editor Richard Beck shows how a group of legislators, doctors, lawyers, and parents — most working with the best of intentions — set the stage for a cultural disaster. The climate of fear that surrounded these cases influenced a whole series of arguments about women, children, and sex. It also drove a right-wing cultural resurgence that, in many respects, continues to this day.
- Witches, Whores, and Sorcerers: The Concept of Evil in Early Iran
by S. K. Mendoza Forrest
A deep exploration into how evil was understood and categorized, and then finally combated, in early Iranian traditions.
- The Satanic Praxis: Living the Narratives
by Damien Ba’al
The Satanic Praxis: Living the Narratives is a companion to The Satanic Narratives and a standalone, practical guide. It is full of instructions on rituals and meditations, as well as other psychological techniques, and invocations. Rituals are psychologically beneficial, much like meditation. This book removes all occult woo and superstition, while leaving the Satanic aesthetic, and maximizing the psychological benefit. It is concentrated therapeutic value coated in the symbolism and iconography of a rich, Satanic mythology. The eight archetypes of The Satanic Narratives each have their own praxis chapter in the middle section, including an invocation, mantra meditation, and more. There is also The Meditation of the Eight Infernal Aspects, The Reclamation of Reason, a set of ceremonies, and a black mass. There are additional items as well, and they are all customizable. Many of the items are modular and can be mixed and matched in various ways. There is even a section on creating your own rituals, and some notes pages. While it was written with a particular variation in mind, it is easily adaptable to any type of Satanism. While ‘Narratives’ supplied the philosophy, ‘Praxis’ supplies the cultural components. They are complementary and provide an intricately elaborate Satanic experience.
- The Satanic Narratives: A Modern Satanic Bible
by Damien Ba’al
This is a short book (seven thousand words). The Satanic Narratives – A Modern Satanic Bible is a foundational text thoroughly deconstructing Satan, the adversarial archetype and the individualism of the Left-Hand Path. This updated Satanic Bible marks a reformation in the religion of Satanism, accessible to the average reader and philosopher alike. Satanists who struggled to find meaning in LaVey’s Rand-inspired social Darwinism, will embrace this new focus on activism and social justice. While the skepticism and secular ethics mirror that of Humanism, this Satanic philosophy goes much further: incorporating rebellion, unrelenting perseverance, being the outcast, the individualist, and the adversary. The characteristics of each aspect of the Satan archetype are meticulously explained and linked to the philosophy presented. This not only justifies why it is worthy of the name “Satanism”, but also answers the question of why it can only be called “Satanism”.
Updated: April 25th, 2022
So you’ve now enjoyed my top 50 books related to Satanism, Godlessness, Moral Panic and Atheism. What did you think? Are you craving more? Good news! I have more to add to this list of literature – We’ll call them my “Honorable Mentions”!
I hope you all enjoy this literature and divine your own answers and questions! The list below is an extensive list of occult-related topics.
Alphabetically by title:
- A Mirror Darkly
by Corvis Nocturnum
Revised and with additional material since its original publication, this collection by E.R. Vernor, best known to fans as Corvis Nocturnum, author of the well received Embracing the Darkness; Understanding Dark Subcultures, brings you his personal collection of essays penned from years of observing his fellow man. Few authors since Nietzsche or Anton LaVey have so vehemently rallied against societal, religious and governmental hypocrisies, laughable shortcomings and failings. Sharply critical of apathetic bottom feeders and thoughtfully introspective, Corvis forces us to look at the creature that stares back at us from the abyss.
The Analects also known as the Analects of Confucius, is an ancient Chinese book composed of a large collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius and his contemporaries, traditionally believed to have been compiled and written by Confucius’s followers. By the early Han dynasty the Analects was considered merely a “commentary” on the Five Classics, but the status of the Analects grew to be one of the central texts of Confucianism by the end of that dynasty.
- Atheistic Satanism: A Complete Guide
by Diabolus Zorilla
Satanism is one of the most misunderstood topics in the world of religion. In this informative and detailed volume, a true Satanist reveals in-depth the truth of the Left Hand Path. If you’ve been looking for a no-nonsense guide that explains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about what Satanism is and what it isn’t, this is the book for you. A devoted disciple of the Satanic and self-indulgent, Diabolus Zorilla shares his Infernal wisdom and takes you on a tour of the Devil’s domain. (Note: This volume contains humor and satire. Every single page consists of the same phrase.)
- Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled
by Tracy Twyman
Authors Tracy R. Twyman and Alexander Rivera have dived head-first into the bottomless abyss of this mystery and returned with some astounding wisdom to share. Here for the first time they reveal the genesis of these symbols, showing how they relate to the Witches’ Sabbath, traditions of Sufi Islam, alchemy, Gnosticism, cabalism, the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, and so much more.
Learn why the Templars and their beloved severed head are frequently associated with John the Baptist, and how this connects to his student, Simon Magus. Discover the real facts about things like the Chinon Parchment, The Book of the Baptism of Fire, the Templar Abraxas seals, and newly-found documents which claim that the Templars discovered the real Temple of Solomon during a secret trip to Mecca.
- Beyond Good and Evil
by Friedrich Nietzsche
In Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche addresses deep philosophical concepts such as the truth, nobility, and morality. He attacks the dogmatism of traditional philosophy and advocates for a more experimental method towards philosophical exploration. Through 296 aphorisms, he weaves together a thought-provoking work that challenges traditions with his distinct yet mature point of view.
- Cain: a Mystery
by Lord Byron
Byron’s tense drama about the family of Adam and Eve is as modern as today’s tragic newspaper headlines. It depicts the world’s first family as a family of today: Cain as the first youthful rebel, and Lucifer as the first false friend who steps into the gap between parents and offspring, supplying the son with answers when the parents lack the patience and the understanding to give him answers. He also provides excitement—in the form of a trip. This adaptation provides ample opportunities for imaginative direction, creative acting, and exciting use of lights, sound and special effects. The trip scene, especially, lends itself to psychedelic lighting.This is without a doubt one of the most exciting plays that can be found to relate to life in today’s turbulent America—it may provide some answers for your audiences.
- Critique of Pure Reason
by Emmanuel Kant
This entirely new translation of Critique of Pure Reason is the most accurate and informative English translation ever produced of this epochal philosophical text. Though its simple, direct style will make it suitable for all new readers of Kant, the translation displays a philosophical and textual sophistication that will enlighten Kant scholars as well. This translation recreates as far as possible a text with the same interpretative nuances and richness as the original.
- Devil’s Advocates
by Corvis Nocturnum
A commentary by Ol’ Scratch himself on the writings and scathing thoughts from history’s greatest authors, comedians and thinkers who have been the Devil’s Advocates on Earth. Compiled by Corvis Nocturnum, you’ll find reflections on his champions. It will make you both ponder and laugh at various aspects of the human condition.
- Dictionnaire Infernal
by Jacques Collin de Plancy
The classic illustrations of Demons! Published in 1818-1863, the original Dictionnaire Infernal remains the ultimate source for images of the most famous demons of demonology! Written by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy, and illustrated by Louis Le Breton, this classic work was printed in 6 editions, with the final edition of 1863 containing the famous demon images. The text and images of the spirits, from the 1863 edition are presented here, in this Infernal Dictionary. A must have for the library of any serious student of the Black arts and witchcraft!
by Bram Stoker
Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
- Éloa, or the Sister of the Angels
by Alfred de Vigny
Éloa was written by Alfred de Vigny in a burst of creative energy while he was yet in his twenties. This poem, among others, has been widely recognized as a work of genius. Sainte-Beuve described it as an “acte de haute poésie.” Théophile Gautier opined that it is possibly the most perfect and beautiful poem in the French language—high praise indeed!
- Essay on the Devil and Devils
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Prose Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley: On the Devil, and Devils is an essay by Shelley on the nature of the Devil.
- Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History
by David Frankfurter
In the 1980s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults. Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa. He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths. Thus was born Evil Incarnate, a riveting analysis of the mythology of evil conspiracy.
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend. He is a scholar who is highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life, so he makes a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The Faust legend has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works that have reinterpreted it through the ages. Faust and the adjective Faustian imply a situation in which an ambitious person surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success for a delimited term.The Faust of early books—as well as the ballads, dramas, movies, and puppet-plays which grew out of them—is irrevocably damned because he prefers human to divine knowledge; “he laid the Holy Scriptures behind the door and under the bench, refused to be called doctor of Theology, but preferred to be styled doctor of Medicine”. Plays and comic puppet theatre loosely based on this legend were popular throughout Germany in the 16th century, often reducing Faust and Mephistopheles to figures of vulgar fun. The story was popularised in England by Christopher Marlowe, who gave it a classic treatment in his play, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. In Goethe’s reworking of the story two hundred years later, Faust becomes a dissatisfied intellectual who yearns for “more than earthly meat and drink” in his life.
- Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
by Sigmund Freud
The question he addresses here is, What are the emotional bonds that hold collective entities, such as an army and a church, together? It is a fruitful question, and Freud offers some interesting answers. But Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego stands chiefly as an invitation to further psychoanalytic exploration.
by Joe Hill
Now a major Hollywood film starring Daniel Radcliffe: read it first, if you dare …
- I, Lucifer
by Glen Duncan
The end is nigh and the Prince of Darkness has just been offered one hell of a deal: reentry into Heaven for eternity—if he can live out a well-behaved life in a human body on earth. It’s the ultimate case of trying without buying and, despite the limitations of the human body in question (previous owner one suicidally unsuccessful writer, Declan Gunn), Luce seizes the opportunity to run riot through the realm of the senses. This is his chance to straighten the biblical record (Adam, it’s hinted, was a misguided variation on the Eve design), to celebrate his favorite achievements (everything from the Inquisition to Elton John), and, most important, to get Julia Roberts attached to his screenplay. But the experience of walking among us isn’t what His Majesty expected: instead of teaching us what it’s like to be him, Lucifer finds himself understanding what it’s like to be us.
- I, Lucifer: Exploring the Archetype and Origins of the Devil
by Corvis Nocturnum
Delve into the many aspects of the evolving archetype of Lucifer, from his multifaceted creation to his almost endearing charm on today’s world stage. Explore myths and legends of not only Satan, but what Lucifer represents in our culture and the effects it has had over the centuries—from dogmatic repression of pagan beliefs to the fervor during the heights of the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s and 1990s. Examine the defense of old Nick by the Romantic writers and Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, as well as literature and film’s role in redefining his ever-changing guise. Learn the aspects of his origins and see what has been borrowed from other faiths to shape our mental picture of the being known as The Devil. Suspend preconceived notions and look at the evolution of this mythic persona from his origin up to modern times. Find out if the Devil made you do it…
- Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding
by Steven Keith Green
In Inventing a Christian America, Green, a leading historian of religion and politics, explores the historical record that is purported to support the popular belief in America’s religious founding and status as a Christian nation. He demonstrates that, like all myths, these claims are based on historical “facts” that have been colored by the interpretive narratives that have been imposed upon them. In tracing the evolution of these claims and the evidence levied in support of them from the founding of the New England colonies, through the American Revolution, and to the present day, he investigates how they became leading narratives in the country’s collective identity. Three critical moments in American history shaped and continue to drive the myth of a Christian America: the Puritan founding of New England, the American Revolution and the forging of a new nation, and the early years of the nineteenth century, when a second generation of Americans sought to redefine and reconcile the memory of the founding to match their religious and patriotic aspirations. Seeking to shed light not only on the veracity of these ideas but on the reasons they endure, Green ultimately shows that the notion of America’s religious founding is a myth not merely in the colloquial sense, but also in a deeper sense, as a shared story that gives deeper meaning to our collective national identity.
- Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
by Jonathan L. Howard
Johannes Cabal sold his soul years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. Now he wants it back. Amused and slightly bored, Satan proposes a little wager: Johannes has to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever. This time for real. Accepting the bargain, Jonathan is given one calendar year and a traveling carnival to complete his task. With little time to waste, Johannes raises a motley crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, a charismatic vampire to help him run his nefarious road show, resulting in mayhem at every turn.
- Letters from the Devil
by Anton Szandor LaVey
The lost writings of Anton LaVey! In slim volume are over 60 tabloid newspaper articles written by the founder of the Church of Satan, long thought to be forever lost and forgotten.
- Lilith: From Ancient Lore To Modern Culture
by E. R. Vernor
Like the phoenix which rises from the ashes of its former self, Lilith is reborn each time her character is reinterpreted and retold, in as much as are vampires, clarifying the reasons her persona was so quickly adapted to be the mother of the Succubi and of course vampires in so many stories. This reshaping of the screeching demoness serves to reflect each generation’s views of the feminine role in society, or in our day and age, how we redefine ourselves with one another. As we grow and change with Lilith survives the millennia, because she is truly the singular best archetype for the changing role of women.
- Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground
by Michael Moynihan
Just before the turn of the millennium nearly 100 churches had been torched and desecrated by adherents of Black Metal, the most extreme form of underground music on the planet. In an escalating unholy war, Black Metal bands and their obsessive fans have left a grim legacy of suicide, murder and terrorism spreading from Norway to Germany, Russia, America and beyond. Written by two journalists, this is a unique look at this hellish scene featuring rare photos and exclusive interviews with priests, police and Satanists.
- Lucifer, the Devil in the Middle Ages
by Jeffrey Burton Russell
Evil is an intrinsically fascinating topic. In Lucifer , Jeffrey Burton Russell continues his compelling study of the personification of evil in the figure of the Devil. The previous two volumes in this remarkable tertalogy– The Devil and Satan –trace the history of the concept of the devil comparatively as it emerged in diverse cultures and followed its development in Western thought from the ancient Hebrew religion through the first five centuries of the Christian era.The present volume charts the evolution of the concept of the devil from the fifth century through the fifteenth. Drawing on an impressive array of sources from popular religion, art, literature, and drama, as well as from scholastic philosophy, mystical theology, homiletics, and hagiography, Russell provides a detailed treatment of Christian diabology in the Middle Ages. Although he focuses primarily on Western Christian thought, Russell also includes, for the sake of comparison, material on the concept of the devil in Greek Orthodoxy during the Byzantine period as well as in Muslim thought.Russell recounts how the Middle Ages saw a refinement in detail rather than a radical alteration of diabological theory. He shows that the medieval concept of the devil, fundamentally unchanged over the course of the centuries, eventually gave rise to the unyielding beliefs that resulted in the horrifying cruelties of the witch-hunting craze in the 1500s and 1600s. This major contribution to the history of the Middle Ages and to the history of religion will enlighten scholars and students alike and will appeal to anyone concerned with the problem of evil in our world.
- Malleus Maleficarum: The Hammer of the Witches
by Heinrich Kramer
First written in 1484 (and reprinted endlessly), “Malleus Maleficarum” was immediately given the imprimatur of the Holy See as the most important work on witchcraft, to date. And so it remains—a compendium of fifteenth century paranoia, all the more frightening for its totalitarian modernity. (“Anything that is done for the benefit of the State is Good.”) In form, it is a “how to” guide on recognizing, capturing, torturing, and executing witches. In substance, it is a diatribe against women, heretics, independent thinkers, romantic lovers, the sensitive passions, human sexuality, and compassion. In writing the Malleus, Kramer and Sprenger claimed to be doing “God’s work” These men, and those who followed them worshiped only their own arrogance. Read it and be afraid! Forming a portion of every working law library for 300 years, there is no estimate of how many women and men were put to death through the mechanism of this book. Some historians estimate that the numbers may run into the millions. The text is rife with “case law” examples of witchcraft, some of which are clearly delusional and some downright silly, or would be, if they hadn’t ended in gruesome deaths for the accused. Take the case of the poor woman who was burned for offering the opinion that “it might rain today” shortly before it did. Of note are Kramer and Spenger’s assertions that prosecutors are (conveniently) “immune” to witchcraft, and their instructions to Judges to tell the truth to the witch that there will be mercy shown (with the mental reservation that death is a mercy to those prisoner to the devil). Such twisted logic is the cornerstone of the Malleus. The translator, Rev. Montague Summers, waxes rhapsodic on the “learning” and “wisdom” of the authors of the Malleus. He was apparently of a mind with Kramer and Spenger, and wrote two embarrassingly effusive and bigoted introductions (in 1928 and 1946), praising the “brillance” of this work and its importance in this “feministic” era. Summers’ commentary is as frightening as anything Kramer and Sprenger wrote in the text proper, the more so for being 20th century, and particularly post-World War Two. Like the Papal Bull of VIII which is now considered integral with the Malleus, future commentators will make much of the statements of Summers, a “modern” man. As a license to kill, the “Malleus Maleficarum” was used too often and far too freely. Kramer and Sprenger’s madness did not die with them—though millions have died because of the madness presented in this book.
- Man and His Symbols
by Carl Jung
Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung’s own dreams. The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book. Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams. Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life. Thus, the reader will gain new insights into himself from this thoughtful volume, which also illustrates symbols throughout history. Completed just before his death by Jung and his associates, it is clearly addressed to the general reader.
- Man and Superman
by George Bernard Shaw
“Man and Superman” is George Bernard Shaw’s response to the request of his fans to write a Don Juan themed play. This four-act drama often preformed without or with an abbreviated version of the lengthy third act can be seen as a simple comedy of manners or, as Shaw had intended, something quite more, an exposition of Nietzsche’s philosophical ideas of the “Superman.” “Man and Superman” is considered to be one of Shaw’s greatest works, a masterpiece of dramatic literature.
- Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor Frankl
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
by Marcus Aurelius
Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods and the values of leadership. But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation, in developing his beliefs Marcus also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a series of wise and practical aphorisms that have been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and ordinary readers for almost two thousand years.
- Melmoth the Wanderer
by Charles Robert Maturin
The central character, Melmoth (a Wandering Jew type), is a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 150 extra years of life; he spends that time searching for someone who will take over the pact for him. The novel takes place in the present but the backstory is revealed through several nested stories-within-a-story that work backwards through time.
by Klaus Mann
Hendrik Hofgen is a man obsessed with becoming a famous actor. When the Nazis come to power in Germany, he willingly renounces his Communist past and deserts his wife and mistress in order to keep on performing. His diabolical performance as Mephistopheles in Faust proves to be the stepping-stone he yearned for: attracting the attention of Hermann Göring, it wins Hofgen an appointment as head of the State Theatre. The rewards – the respect of the public, a castle-like villa, a place in Berlin’s highest circles – are beyond his wildest dreams. But the moral consequences of his betrayals begin to haunt him, turning his dreamworld into a nightmare.
- Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World
by Jeffrey Burton Russell
Mephistopheles is the fourth and final volume of Jeffrey Burton Russell’s critically acclaimed history of the concept of the Devil. The series constitutes the most complete historical study ever made of the figure called the second most famous personage in Christianity. In the first three volumes, the author brought the history of Christian diabology to the end of the Middle Ages. This volume continues the story from the Reformation to the present, tracing the fragmentation of the tradition. Using examples from theology, philosophy, art, literature, and popular culture, Russell describes the great changes effected in our idea of the Devil by the intellectual and cultural developments of modern times.
- Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft: Commemorative Edition
by H. P. Lovecraft
THE NECRONOMICON collects together the very best of Lovecraft’s tales of terror, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were originally published. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft’s fiction, as well as being a must-buy for those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive volume.
- Nightmare Alley
by William Lindsay Gresham
Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a carnival-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him.
- Notes from Underground
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator of Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man’s essentially irrational nature.
- On Natural Selection
by Charles Darwin
Published amid a firestorm of controversy in 1859, this is a book that changed the world. Reasoned and well-documented in its arguments, it offers coherent views of natural selection, adaptation, the struggle for existence, survival of the fittest, and other concepts that form the foundation of evolutionary theory.
- On the Origin of Species
by Charles Darwin
Few other books have created such a lasting storm of controversy as The Origin of Species. Darwin’s theory that species derive from other species by a gradual evolutionary process and that the average level of each species is heightened by the “survival of the fittest” stirred up popular debate to fever pitch. Its acceptance revolutionized the course of science.
- Promethean Flame
by Corvis Nocturnum
Exploring the lineage of those who challenged dogmatic thinking, from the Renaissance and our modern day, Promethean Flame delves deep into religion, philosophy and the arts to explain the importance that the challengers of the past still have on our future. Covering everything from the earliest secret societies such as the Templars and Chaos magicians to Rosicrucian Society, The Masonic Order, and facts on fascinating key individuals such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Napoleon Bonaparte, The Hellfire Club and Sir Francis Dashwood, all the way up to to The Golden Dawn occultists, such as Arthur Edward Waite, and Aleister Crowley. Corvis links the works of scientists and creative thinkers like Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates to the cause. As well the lives and works of a multitude of Decadent Romantics such as Mary and Percy Shelly, Poe, and Lord Byron are examined. We peer into the concepts of Friedrich Nietzsche, Ayn Rand, and others, broadening our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. By explaining and drawing insight from popular films such as From Hell and The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure, Corvis proves history holds secrets both fascinating and worthy of our attention.
- Rosemary’s Baby
by Ira Levin
Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant—and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems…
- Satan: The Early Christian Traditions
by Jeffrey Burton Russell
Undeniably, evil exists in our world; we ourselves commit evil acts. How can one account for evil’s ageless presence, its attraction, and its fruits? The question is one that Jeffrey Burton Russell addresses in his history of the concept of the Devil―the personification of evil itself. In the predecessor to this book, The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity, Russell traced the idea of the Devil in comparative religions and examined its development in Western thought through ancient Hebrew religion and the New Testament. This volume follows its course over the first five centuries of the Christian era.
- Satan’s Minions: A Guide to Fallen Angels, Demons and Other Dark Creatures
by Corvis Nocturnum
Join occult researcher and author Corvis Nocturnum in the quest to uncover everything from the story and evolution of the mother of all dark creatures, Lilith, to the fallen angels and many mythic creatures. Fantastic creatures lurk in the minds of people from all points in history, and all cultures. If not for the world’s folktales, gods and goddesses, we would not have the myths and legends that have given birth to the imaginations of artists and writers of today. Featuring artwork by the author, as well as fantasy artist Joseph Vargo and other classic artists.
- Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s
by Kier-La Janisse & Paul Corupe
In the 1980s, it seemed impossible to escape Satan’s supposed influence. Everywhere you turned, there were warnings about a widespread evil conspiracy to indoctrinate the vulnerable through the media they consumed. This percolating cultural hysteria, now known as the “Satanic Panic,” not only sought to convince us of devils lurking behind the dials of our TVs and radios and the hellfire that awaited on book and video store shelves, it also created its own fascinating cultural legacy of Satan-battling VHS tapes, audio cassettes and literature. Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s offers an in-depth exploration of how a controversial culture war played out during the decade, from the publication of the memoir Michelle Remembers in 1980 to the end of the McMartin “Satanic Ritual Abuse” Trial in 1990.
- Satanism Today
by James R. Lewis
The first encyclopedia on contemporary Satanism, entries cover popular music and films, contemporary organized Satanic groups, ritual abuse cases, and practices and beliefs. This volume takes a cross-cultural approach to surveying the role of demons, and includes entries on fallen angels, devils, and other literary and theological residents of Hell.
- Shit Happens: Implications of Physicalism in Satanic Philosophy
by Damien Ba’al
Shit Happens, and the implication is that a philosophical materialist/physicalist worldview is not compatible with Social Darwinism, or concepts like “merit” or “deserving”. There is no “you” outside of causal reality. Nature or nurture: happenstance is everything. But is happenstance really chance? So goes the title essay.Another new essay is included, which details individualism and the subjective parts of Satanism. Also included, is Disturbing Lack of Faith, which was only a separate e-book until now, and takes a critical look at the concepts of deities and faith.It continues on from United Aspects of Satan: The Black Book, by including four additional essays from websites and social media. These are more recent writings that are being made available in print for the first time.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
Described by Bradbury himself as the book he loved ‘best of all the things I have written’, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a timeless classic of fantasy horror. For this lavishly illustrated collector’s edition, Tim McDonagh has provided seven colour illustrations dripping with carnivalesque menace. The eerie inhabitants of Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show are lit with the gaudy yellow and red lights of the funfair, while Mr Dark leers from the midst of his attractions, the faces of his victims tattooed across his palms. Like Bradbury’s prose, the images in this special Folio edition invite the reader to venture a little deeper into that dark tent, promising wonders and horrors and everything in between. Comedian and actor Frank Skinner lists the book as amongst his favourites, and in his incisive and affectionate introduction written for this edition he examines the many delicious flavours of fear in a novel layered with meaning and portents.
- Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a gothic novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. The work is also known as The Strange Case of Jekyll Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde.It is about a London legal practitioner named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll,and the evil Edward Hyde. The novella’s impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil.
- The Antichrist
by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Christian concept of a god-the god as the patron of the sick, the god as a spinner of cobwebs, the god as a spirit-is one of the most corrupt concepts that has ever been set up in the world… In him nothingness is deified, and the will to nothingness is made holySee Sharp Press; Tuscon, AZ -from The Anti-Christ He’s one of the most debated thinkers of the 19th century: Nietzsche and his works have been by turns vilified, lauded, and subjected to numerous contradictory interpretations, and yet he remains a figure of profound import, and his works a necessary component of a well-rounded education. The Anti-Christ, first published in German in 1895, is absolutely vital to any meaningful understanding of Nietzsche the man and Nietzsche the philosopher. An insightful and entertaining indictment of Christianity, it has enraged and inspired generations of readers, and this 1920 translation, by H. L. Mencken, considered the best available, is almost as controversial as the work itself, highlighting the darkest side of Mencken’s cynicism.
- The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
More than 2,000 years old, this classic of Chinese philosophy lays out a systematic, rational approach to tactics and strategy that leaders worldwide have applied not only to the military, but also to business, law, martial arts, and sports. This edition uses Lionel Giles’s classic translation. Giles’s extensive annotations and commentary on Sun Tzu’s aphorisms and proverbs are also included.
- The Beast
by Daniel P. Mannix
Biography of dark magician Aleister Crowley
- The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
by Steven Pinker
Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millenia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species’s existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, programs, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?
- The Bible of the Adversary, 10th Anniversary Edition
by Michael W. Ford
The Bible of the Adversary “Adversarial Flame” 10th Anniversary Edition is both a philosophical introduction and self-initiatory grimoire of Luciferian Magick. Published originally in 2007, The Bible of the Adversary provided a modern unification and clarification of the Left Hand Path initiatory power recognized as “The Adversary” and Luciferianism. The Adversarial Flame edition presents a completely re-edited and expanded grimoire which begins with the 11 Points of Power and the philosophical foundations; guiding the reader into the depths of darkness and by using Will, Desire and Belief, illuminating the Black Flame or Light within. Illustrated by J.G.A. Sabogal (from the Spanish edition), Mitchell Nolte and Kitti Solymosi, the Adversarial Flame edition will continue to be a guide to the Luciferian and Adversarial Spirit for years to come.
•Philosophy of Luciferianism from the 11 Points of Power to the Laws of Belial.
•Types of Luciferian Magick including Yatuk Dinoih (Persian Ahrimanian Sorcery) and Therionick (Low Sorcery), Vampyre and Apotheosis (High Magick).
•Symbols and Sigils of Lucifer, Satan, Lilith, Samael and Lilith explained.
•Techniques of strengthening the Mind via Meditation, Discipline and focus of Will.
•Ceremonies and Rituals of Luciferianism which focus on Liberation, Illumination and Apotheosis.
•Ceremonies and Luciferian “Holidays” including Marriage, Destruction and Burial workings.
•Sigils, Illustrations and representations of Luciferian and Ahrimanic Deities, Demons and Spiritual Energies which are known as “Deific Masks” for which the Black Adept invokes and uses to enhance by way of Liberation, Illumination and Apotheosis.
- The Bloodfire Compendium: The collected writings from Bloodfire Magazine
by Les Hernandez
Les Hernandez, founder, guitarist, and lead vocalist of Honolulu’s only nationally successful punk rock band, The Quintessentials, is a Reverend in the Church of Satan and a very active and prolific individual. He was also the editor and publisher of Hawaii’s only Satanic publication, Bloodfire! Magazine. It was through Bloodfire! Magazine that Les really flexed his intellectual muscle, through essays about Satanism, his favorite author H.P. Lovecraft, and other topics that many Satanists have similar interests in. The book you are currently holding is a compendium of all of Rev. Hernandez’s writings, many of which have appeared in the pages of the now defunct Bloodfire! Magazine and Rev. Hernandez’s personal website.” – Warlock Michael K. Silva – “When Les talked about HPL, it was evident that he’d actually read him. The influences of this master of dark fantasy weave their way in and out of Les’ poetry and music, another reason why I’ve always looked forward to the latest offering from The Quintessentials. You have to marvel at a primal connection like this, made between a long-dead, introverted writer from New England and a punk rocker from Hawaii.” – Magistra Peggy Nadramia, High Priestess, Church of Satan.
- The Book of Lies
by Aleister Crowley
The Book of Lies consists of 93 chapters, each of which consists of one page of text. The chapters include a question mark, poems, rituals, instructions, and obscure allusions and cryptograms. The subject of each chapter is generally determined by its number and its corresponding Qabalistic meaning.
- The Book of the Law
by Aleister Crowley
Liber AL vel Legis is the central sacred text of Thelema, written down from dictation mostly by Aleister Crowley, although Rose Edith Crowley is also known to have written two phrases into the manuscript of the Book after its dictation. Crowley claimed it was dictated to him by a discarnate entity named Aiwass. However, the three chapters are largely written in the first person by the Thelemic deities Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit respectively, rather than by Aiwass/Aiwaz.
- The Church of Satan: Volume I
by Michael A. Aquino
As a religious institution consecrated by and literally acknowledging the Prince of Darkness, the Church of Satan enjoyed an inspiring, and occasionally either thrilling or terrifying, existence from 1966 to 1975. Beginning as a whimsical and satirical countercultural statement against the social and institutionally-religious hypocrisy of the 1960s, the Church gradually evolved into a positive, sincere, and [to its own surprise] virtuous organization, though not without periodic individual and group growing pains: the consequence of allegiance to a supernatural entity only dimly apprehended and understood by Western Judæo-Christianized civilization.
- The Church of Satan: Volume II
by Michael A. Aquino
As a religious institution consecrated by and literally acknowledging the Prince of Darkness, the Church of Satan enjoyed an inspiring, and occasionally either thrilling or terrifying, existence from 1966 to 1975. Beginning as a whimsical and satirical countercultural statement against the social and institutionally-religious hypocrisy of the 1960s, the Church gradually evolved into a positive, sincere, and [to its own surprise] virtuous organization, though not without periodic individual and group growing pains: the consequence of allegiance to a supernatural entity only dimly apprehended and understood by Western Judæo-Christianized civilization.
- The Circus of Dr. Lao
by Charles G. Finney
To the residents of Abalone, Arizona, a sleepy southwestern town whose chief concern is surviving the Great Depression, the arrival of a circus in town is a chance to forget their woes for a while. But this is the circus of Dr. Lao and instead of relief, the townsfolk are confronted with an array creature seemingly straight out of mythology: a chimera, a Medusa, a sphinx, a sea serpent and, of course, the elusive, ever-changing Dr. Lao. As the circus unfolds, it spins events towards a climactic final act that will change the lives of Abalone’s residents for ever.
- The Code of the Samurai
by Inazō Nitobe – Thomas Cleary
Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. Bushido has played a major role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in shaping modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally.
- The Cthulhu Mythos
by August Derleth
A world where monsters walk on the wind and prowl caverns beneath the earth’s surface…where beings not bound by the limits of space and time use our planet as their playground…where history as we know it proves a myth contrived to protect our sanity…where humans discover that in their pursuit of the unknown they are themselves pursued by nameless horrors. Welcome to the Cthulhu Mythos.
- The Devil in Love
by Jacques Cazotte
Alvaro summons up the devil and gets more than he bargains for.
- The Devil in Silver
by Victor LaValle
Pepper is a rambunctious big man, minor-league troublemaker, working-class hero (in his own mind), and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He’s not mentally ill, but that doesn’t seem to matter. He is accused of a crime he can’t quite square with his memory. In the darkness of his room on his first night, he’s visited by a terrifying creature with the body of an old man and the head of a bison who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It’s no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down. Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic who’s been on the ward for decades and knows all its secrets; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD, who tries desperately to send alarms to the outside world; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl who acts as the group’s enforcer. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, they try to kill the monster that’s stalking them. But can the Devil die?
- The Devil in the Valley
by Castle Freeman Jr.
In his quiet Vermont home, a man named Taft sits and wonders what’s missing from his life. He’s at a loss until a strange voice startles him from the rocking chair, where a stranger has seemingly appeared out of nowhere: well-dressed and smooth-talking, this man offers Taft the chance to have anything he’s ever wanted-for a price. So begins The Devil in the Valley, the latest novel from critically acclaimed author Castle Freeman, Jr. Combining his deft hand for the supernatural with his classic setting of rural Vermont, Freeman gives us a story that touches on temptation and greed, and explores what we’re willing to trade to obtain the things we most desire. A modern fable that explores the supernatural while staying rooted deeply in our world, The Devil in the Valley is a powerful novel from a master at his craft.
- The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity
by Jeffrey Burton Russell
This lively and learned book traces the history of the concept of evil from its beginnings in ancient times to the period of the New Testament. A remarkable work of synthesis, it draws upon a vast number of sources in addressing a major historical and philosophical problem over a broad span of time and in a number of diverse cultures, East and West. Jeffrey Burton Russell probes the roots of the idea of evil, treats the development of the idea in the Ancient Near East, and then examines the concept of the Devil as it was formed in late Judaism and early Christianity.
- The Devil’s Notebook
by Anton Szandor LaVey
Wisdom, humor, and dark observations by the founder of the Church of Satan. LaVey ponders such topics as nonconformity, occult faddism, erotic politics, the “Goodguy badge,” demoralization and the construction of artificial human companions.
- The Devil’s Religion: How Satanism Has Shaped History, People, and Music Over the Years
by Benjamin Ridley
Satanism is, without a doubt, a perplexing marvel. It has been the subject of various definitions that feature its multiple viewpoints and directions. From a sociological perspective, Satanism may be defined as the adoration of Satan or the Devil through recurrent social or ceremonial behaviors.All things considered, from a philosophical perspective, one could talk about Satanism even by neglecting to expressly love the Devil or, in any event, denying its reality, keeping up contempt of God, and trying those magic and mysterious practices, regularly indecent and vicious, which would permit a man to become like God. Some Satanists are mystical and believe in the presence of a demanding Satan. Still, others see Lucifer as the first image of opposition and the carrier of enlightenment to humankind.
- The Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri
Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise—the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.
- The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-hunting in the Western World
by John Demos
With the vision of a historian and the voice of a novelist, prize?winning author John Demos explores the social, cultural, and psychological roots of the scourge that is witch-hunting, both in the remote past and today. The Enemy Within chronicles the most prominent witch-hunts of the Western world?women and men who were targeted by suspicious neighbors and accused of committing horrific crimes by supernatural means?and shows how the fear of witchcraft has fueled recurrent cycles of accusation, persecution, and purging. A unique and fascinating book, it illumines the dark side of communities driven to rid themselves of perceived evil, no matter what the human cost.
- The Entombed Edition
by Lee Banks
REORDER YOUR REALITY AND DIRECT YOUR LIFE THE WAY YOU WANT. What lies ahead depends on you. Anton LaVey is undoubtedly the father of Modern Satanism and LaVeyan Satanism, as espoused by members of the Church of Satan, was historically thought to be the only way to be a Satanist. However, with groups such as Temple of Set splintering from CoS and the rise in popularity of groups such as The Satanic Temple and United Aspects of Satan, is is clear that there is – as they say – more than one way to skin the proverbial Satanist. What Rational Satanism does is strip Modern Satanism right back down to the fundamental core principles and allows the practitioner to build from this, to truly create an individualistic self empowering life-loving philosophy. Written with warmth, wisdom and wit, Rational Satanism Entombed is the first Special Edition dual core edition of the first two books in the collection. The human individual is at the centre of The Church of Rational Satanism philosophy and great emphasis is placed on the development of the individual, postulating self-deification as the ultimate goal. The Church of Rational Satanism provides you with the building blocks to create your own Personal Paradigm and the essential arrows in your quiver of self empowerment. A paradigm is a person’s frame of reference. A person’s paradigm is how they interact with the world based on all the information that they have gathered and the beliefs that they possess. If the universe is analogized to a computer processor, a paradigm is like the operating system. This 90% – 10% way of thinking will perpetually open up new avenues of possibility. Rational Satanism is one of the most adaptable & progressive philosophical systems out there; it holds on to logic and rationality, being able to see past delusional doctrines and religious propaganda & harness the self to our personal advantage. There is neither Left Hand Path nor Right Hand Path, there is only Your Path. The self is Satan and Satan is self!
- The Essential Epicurus
For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by peace and freedom from fear, the absence of pain, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and evil; death is the end of both body and soul and should therefore not be feared; the gods neither reward nor punish humans; the universe is infinite and eternal; and events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms. Although much of Epicurus’ written work has been lost, the remaining principle doctrines and his letters featured in this book provide an insight into the Epicurean school of thought, which was originally based in the garden of his house and thus called The Garden.
- The Flowers of Evil
by Charles Baudelaire
The themes of Charles Baudelaire’s sensual poems sparked outrage upon their 1857 debut. His masterpiece, Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal), was dismissed as decadent and obscene and banned in France for nearly a century.
- The Hell-Fire Clubs
by Evelyn Lord
The Hell-Fire Clubs scandalized eighteenth-century English society. Rumors of their orgies, recruitment of prostitutes, extensive libraries of erotica, extreme rituals, and initiation ceremonies circulated widely at the time, only to become more sensational as generations passed. This thoroughly researched book sets aside the exaggerated gossip about the secret Hell-Fire Clubs and brings to light the first accurate portrait of their membership (including John Wilkes, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Prince of Wales), beliefs, activities, and the reasons for their proliferation, first in the British Isles and later in America, possibly under the auspices of Benjamin Franklin.
- The History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day
by Paul Carus
This intriguing, informative volume carries on where the Time and Newsweek stories left off: serving up a tantalizing trove of facts and lore on the philosophy and practice of evil down through the ages and around the world. Featuring bewitching black and white illustrations throughout.
- The Infernal Gospel
by Rev. Cain
The Infernal Gospel is the world’s leading book for the faith of theistic Satanism – it has been celebrated by thousands of practitioners upon the Left-Hand Path as the go-to introductory text for those interested in the faith of theistic Satanism.
- The Interpretation of Dreams
by Sigmund Freud
The Interpretation of Dreams is a book by Sigmund Freud. The first edition was first published in German in November 1899 as Die Traumdeutung (though post-dated as 1900 by the publisher). The publication inaugurated the theory of Freudian dream analysis, which activity Freud famously described as “the royal road to the understanding of unconscious mental processes”.
- The Island of Doctor Moreau
by H. G. Wells
The Island of Doctor Moreau is a tale that can be viewed in many ways as it multiple layers of social theory, master race evolution, and political theory, which makes it much more interesting than at first would appear.
- The Lesser Key of Solomon
by Aleister Crowley
The Lesser Key of Solomon, also known as Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis or simply Lemegeton, is an anonymous grimoire on demonology. It was compiled in the mid-17th century, mostly from materials a couple of centuries older. It is divided into five books—the Ars Goetia, Ars Theurgia-Goetia, Ars Paulina, Ars Almadel, and Ars Notoria. This edition was translated by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers and published by Aleister Crowley under the title The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King. Crowley added some additional invocations previously unrelated to the original work, as well as essays describing the rituals as psychological exploration instead of demon summoning.
- The Magus
by Francis Barrett
The Magus</i., first published in 1801, is a concise compendium on the Western magical tradition, and one of the primary sources for the study of ceremonial magic. The book contains a fascinating array of information drawn together by author Francis Barrett from several sources, such as Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Areas explored include Natural Magic, Alchemy, Talismanic Magic, Cabalistic and Ceremonial Magic, as well as biographies of important figures such as Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon and John Dee. Notable are the author’s illustrations, derived from ancient and magical texts. This book remains much sought after by modern readers for the important source material it provides, and it continues to be drawn on heavily for information on many areas of occult philosophy.
- The Misadventures of the New Satan
by A. H. Tammsaare
Satan has a problem: God has come to the conclusion that it is unfair to send souls to hell if they are fundamentally incapable of living a righteous life on earth. If this is the case, then hell will be shut down. Satan is given the chance to prove that human beings are capable of salvation if he agrees to live as a human being and demonstrate that it is possible to live a righteous life. And so Satan ends up back on earth, living as Jurka, a put-upon tenant of a run-down Estonian farm. His patience and good nature are sorely tested by the machinations of his scheming, unscrupulous landlord… This is the last novel of Estonia’s greatest writer, Anton Tammsaare (1876-1940), and it constitutes a fitting summation of the themes that occupied him throughout his writing: the search for truth and social justice, and the struggle against corruption and greed
- The Mysterious Stranger
by Mark Twain
relates the adventures of Satan, the sinless nephew of the biblical Satan, in Eseldorf, an Austrian village in the year 1702. Twain wrote this version between November 1897 and September 1900. “Eseldorf” is German for “Assville” or “Donkeytown”.
- The Old Enemy
by Neil Forsyth
Forsyth takes a literary approach to studying ancient Akkadian and Babylonian texts through historical transmission over time, relating to Hebrew and, later, New Testament texts. His project is to link these texts together with the “combat myth” trope in an effort to construct a sort of “biography” of Satan. The problem is that he sometimes gets mired up in questionable dating efforts and oversimplifies community structures that produce the texts. It should be enough, from a literary standpoint, to argue that the texts exist and are witness to movements in the literature of various communities over time. Whenever he doesn’t stray off topic into unnecessary tangents, his argument is well-received. If nothing else, this book provides a wonderful journey through ancient Near East literature and provides a compelling argument that they are all deeply connected across time and space.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparking prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged- petulant, hedonistic, vain and amoral- while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying, enchanting, obsessing, even corrupting readers for more than a hundred years.
- The Prince
by Niccolò Machiavelli
Written in 1513, and first published in 1532, ‘The Prince’ is a political treatise and the best-known work of Niccolò Machiavelli, an Italian diplomat, author, philosopher, who is acclaimed as the father of modern political philosophy and political science, and historian who lived during the Renaissance.
- The Prince of Darkness
by Jeffrey Burton Russell
The Devil, Satan, Lucifer, Mephistopheles – throughout history the Prince of Darkness, the Western world’s most powerful symbol of evil, has taken many names and shapes. Jeffrey Burton Russell here chronicles the remarkable story of the Devil from antiquity to the present. While recounting how past generations have personified evil, he deepens our understanding of the ways in which people have dealt with the enduring problem of radical evil.After a compelling essay on the nature of evil, Russell uncovers the origins of the concept of the Devil in various early cultures and then traces its evolution in Western thought from the time of the ancient Hebrews through the first centuries of the Christian era. Next he turns to the medieval view of the Devil, focusing on images found in folklore, scholastic thought, art, literature, mysticism, and witchcraft. Finally, he follows the Devil into our own era, where he draws on examples from theology, philosophy, art, literature, and popular culture to describe the great changes in this traditional notion of evil brought about by the intellectual and cultural developments of modern times.Is the Devil an outmoded superstition, as most educated people today believe? Or do the horrors of the twentieth century and the specter of nuclear war make all too clear the continuing need for some vital symbol of radical evil? A single-volume distillation of Russell’s epic tetralogy on the nature and personification of evil from ancient times to the present (published by Cornell University Press between 1977 and 1986), The Prince of Darkness invites readers to confront these and other critical questions as they explore the past faces of that figure who has been called the second most famous personage in Christianity.
- The Psychology of Satan
by Nicholas Matthew Howes
There is a part of the human mind that has created what has become the most dominant presence across the world to date. It is a presence that has fashioned, shaped and moulded our very societies into that which they are, the practices and forms of behaviour we execute within them and exactly where they are directed as a function of this. Whether we observe each society within the divided world, segregated by country and custom individually or collectively the visible facts are the same. The force that has the most control over all of them in both mind and matter is religion. So, what is the driving force behind religion and its very being, concepts, practices and lifestyles? Can we disprove the existence of a God?
- The Satanic Apocrypha
by David Sinclair-Smith
This book is a compilation of myths, poems and writings that have inspired or given voice to the story of Satan, from a Satanic perspective, as a single cohesive source of linear storytelling.
- The Satanic Bible: 50th Anniversary ReVision
by Michael A. Aquino
When Anton Szandor LaVey published his original Satanic Bible fifty yers ago, it was an angry book – and it had plenty to be angry about: It confronted a humanity which for more than two thousand years had been taught to hate itself, fear God, and hide from a threatening, very un-Edenic universe around it. Even worse, humans were told they were not only originally-sinful and imperfect, but imperfectible – except, perhaps, through the intercession of an Islamic Mohammed or Christian Jesus, demanding absolute abasement and obedience.
With men and women reduced to naked, shamed animals, therefore, Anton saw and argued in his Bible that the only solution was to be the strongest, craftiest, and most hedonistic animal “in the valley”. It was a prescription of power and vengeance to delight an Ayn Rand or Orwellian O’Brien.
But then, in the 10-year exoteric crucible of the Church of Satan, followed by the 40-year esoteric one of the Temple of Set, we discovered that humans not only had nothing to be inherently ashamed or guilty about, but that indeed we are self-perfectible; and that Black Magic enables us not just to decipher and harmonize with the Objective Universe without, but to discover the Subjective Universe of divine immortality within.
So this is not an angry Satanic Bible<>. It is one of excitement, exuberance, the delight of virtue and nobility for their own sake. The cosmology it reveals and the Black Magic it teaches are not weapons to hurt but tools of divine enlightenment and transformation. Your eternity begins now.
- The Satanic Epic
by Neil Forsyth
Neil Forsyth argues that William Blake got it right when he called Milton a true poet because he was “of the Devils party” even though he set out “to justify the ways of God to men.” In seeking to learn why Satan is so alluring, Forsyth ranges over diverse topics–from the origins of evil and the relevance of witchcraft to the status of the poetic narrator, the epic tradition, the nature of love between the sexes, and seventeenth-century astronomy. He considers each of these as Milton introduces them: as Satanic subjects.
- The Satanic Rituals
by Anton Szandor LaVey
The Satanic Rituals is a book by Anton Szandor LaVey published in 1972 by Avon Books as a companion volume to The Satanic Bible. The book outlines nine rituals and ceremonies intended for group performance, with an introductory essay to each.
- The Satanic Scriptures
by Peter H. Gilmore
The Satanic Scriptures hands down the wit, wisdom and diabolical perspective of the Church of Satan’s High Priest, Magus Peter H. Gilmore. These essays, articles and diatribes have been collected from over twenty years of the High Priest’s writings for his infernal cabal, some first issued in the pages of publications available only to insiders. From the magic of toys to techniques of time travel, Magus Gilmore leads the reader down a Left-Hand Path where few will find what they expect.
- The Satanic Verses
by Salman Rushdie
One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.
- The Satanism Scare
by Joel Best
Although there is growing concern over Satanism as a threat to American life, the topic has received surprisingly little serious attention. Recognizing this, the editors of this volume have selected papers from a wide variety of disciplines, broadly covering contemporary aspects of Satanism from the vantage points of studies in folklore, cults, religion, deviance, rock music, rumor, and the mass media.All contributors are skeptical of claims that a large, powerful satanic conspiracy can be substantiated. Their research focuses instead on claims about Satanism and on the question of whose interests are served by such claims. Several papers consider the impact of anti-Satanism campaigns on public opinion, law enforcement and civil litigation, child protection services, and other sectors of American society.The constructionist perspective adopted by the editors does not deny the existence of some activities by ‘real’ Satanists, and two papers describe the workings of satanic groups. Whatever the basis of the claims examined and analyzed, there is growing evidence that belief in the satanic menace will have real social consequences in the years ahead.
- The Sea Wolf
by Jack London
The Sea-Wolf is a 1904 psychological adventure novel by Jack London about a literary critic Humphrey van Weyden.The story starts with him aboard a San Francisco ferry, called Martinez, which collides with another ship in the fog and sinks. He is set adrift in the Bay, eventually being picked up by Wolf Larsen.Larsen is the captain of a seal-hunting schooner, the Ghost. Brutal and cynical, yet also highly intelligent and intellectual, he rules over his ship and terrorizes the crew with the aid of his exceptionally great physical strength.
- The Sorrows of Satan
by Marie Corelli
As I spoke, the flickering lamp gave a dismal crackle and went out, leaving me in pitch darkness. With an exclamation more strong than reverent, I groped about the room for matches, or failing them, for my hat and coat,—and I was still engaged in a fruitless and annoying search, when I caught a sound of galloping horses’ hoofs coming to an abrupt stop in the street below. Surrounded by black gloom, I paused and listened. There was a slight commotion in the basement,—I heard my landlady’s accents attuned to nervous civility, mingling with the mellow tones of a deep masculine voice,—then steps, firm and even, ascended the stairs to my landing.
“The devil is in it!” I muttered vexedly—” Just like my wayward luck!—here comes the very man I intended to avoid!”
- The Witches of Eastwick
by John Updike
Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick—and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyche.
- Uncover Satan, Recover Thyself: A Rational Satanic Recovery
by Ben Dean
Uncover Satan, Recover Thyself throws a satanic perspective on the 12 step recovery programme.The author takes the reader on his personal journey through recovery and Satanism. He shares philosophical principles, practical guidelines and examples of rituals which will support anyone on their path.
- United Aspects of Satan: The Black Book
by Damien Ba’al
United Aspects of Satan: The Black Book, is an updated, professional version of the free PDF on the United Aspects of Satan website. This continues the philosophy of The Satanic Narratives. While the material is all available on the websites (uaofsatan.org and atheisticsatanism.com), this is the only way to get this material in print or on your e-reader. The exception is the one part that was in The Satanic Narratives.
- Witchcraft in the Middle Ages
by Jeffrey Burton Russell
All the known theories and incidents of witchcraft in Western Europe from the fifth to the fifteenth century are brilliantly set forth in this engaging and comprehensive history. Building on a foundation of newly discovered primary sources and recent secondary interpretations, Jeffrey Burton Russell first establishes the facts and then explains the phenomenon of witchcraft in terms of its social and religious environment, particularly in relation to medieval heresies. Russell treats European witchcraft as a product of Christianity, grounded in heresy more than in the magic and sorcery that have existed in other societies. Skillfully blending narration with analysis, he shows how social and religious changes nourished the spread of witchcraft until large portions of medieval Europe were in its grip, “from the most illiterate peasant to the most skilled philosopher or scientist.” A significant chapter in the history of ideas and their repression is illuminated by this book. Our enduring fascination with the occult gives the author’s affirmation that witchcraft arises at times and in areas afflicted with social tensions a special quality of immediacy.
- Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.
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