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The Satanic Scriptures

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 15th 2007 by Scapegoat Publishing (first published 2007)
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Belhor Crowley
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, favorites
Well, I'm done with this one. I didn't read "The Rituals", since I'm only interested in the philosophy of Satanism.
This book builds on the ideas presented in "The Satanic Bible" and is better to some extent since it improves parts of the philosophy of Satanism. It was pretty interesting up to page 80 or so, and after that it did have some good essays, but most of the material became very repetitive.
Satanism is basically an Atheistic, Materialistic, Skeptical, Pragmatical and Epicurean school o
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satanism
Minor ( or perhaps mid level) heresy for a Satanist but I believe this book, essay for essay, is even better than the Satanic Bible. That is most likely because I am better able to relate to the material as I was not born when the Satanic Bible was written, and the Church of Satan has evolved since then. Magus Gilmore covers a wide range of topics, from 9/11 to Columbine, all in the precise and polished style we who read his essays on the Church website have become accustomed to. This is a great ...more
Grigori Cross
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As part of the greater Satanic conversation, this volume stands as a testament to what Peter Gilmore brings to the office of High Priest in the Church of Satan, and indeed Satanism in general. As Peggy Nadramia - Gilmore's wife - describes in the afterword, Gilmore is involved in many creative pursuits, painting and music among them. For the audience who has not been introduced to him through those endeavors, the written pieces in this book allow the reader a glimpse into the mind of a man who i ...more
Michael Davis
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites, re-read
Man this was a tough one to rate. Probably 60-70% I thoroughly enjoyed. Absolutely brilliant description and defense of what has essentially been my life’s philosophy for as long as I can remember. Apparently a Satanist of heart and mind forever, I just never had a name for it. Perhaps it’s no wonder my experimentation with faith was not meant to be. Study, intelligence, reason, freedom, individualism, etc. This is what life has always been about to me.
But a large chunk of this book seemed comp
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The gallant, haughty style of writing that made Anton LaVey infamous is very much present in his successor Magus Peter H. Gilmore. The CoS's penchant for showmanship and dramatics makes itself visible in this collection of assorted writings that have brought the Church into the 21st century. When you get past all the pompous vocabulary, you reach the heart of the message of the Church of Satan: Do It Yourself, Asshole. A good read that will enlighten you on many of the misconceptions and misgivi ...more
Emily Alvarez
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a wonderful read if you are interested in philosophy and are not scared away by the cover. Lavey's philosophy takes similar ideas of evolution, Civil disobedience, and God is dead to make a tasty philosophy sandwich! The book is great it's essence is a mixture of :Darwin/Henry David Thoreau/Friedrich Nietzsche and a little Crowley. This book is easy to understand and easy read, unfortunately my copy had a few typos. Besides that the book was really wonderful and interesting. A refreshing re ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Was very disappointed with this one. Just seemed to be page after page of endless complaining and crying about this or that. Just more rehashing about LaVeyan teachings which was already made clear in the books by LaVey. This book just added a lot of whining to it instead of the fun style LaVey was known for. Laveys books speak for themselves and do not need others rehashing the same stuff decades later. Add something new to Laveyan already. Something interesting and fun like the old days of his ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really looked forward to this book. It was a let down Peter Gilmore tried writing a book that would rival up to other Anton Lavey Books but it didn't do that. This was a let down the Church of Satan has really gone down hill there's no fight left in them since Anton died. It's a not a religion anymore its atheism. ...more
Mike North
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satanism
As a Satanist and a member of the Church of Satan, this is definitely a MUST read for every Satanist or anyone wanting to learn more and Satanism and the Church of Satan! A great book by our High Priest, Magus Peter H. Gilmore!
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was lit because it brought me to my senses. I think satanist books would save many people
For suicide.
Draconis Blackthorne
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satanism, philosophy
Written in a style reminiscent of a symphony of words resonating with notes in our own minds, this landmark tome includes all those essays printed in The Black Flame which I have had the pleasure to follow all these years, and to have it all in this concise tome is a wonderful compendium to treasure.

I was fortunate to receive The Slipcase edition lavishly embossed with The Baphomet on the front, and the brimstone symbol on the back, emblazoned in silver, glistening majestically in the candleligh
Michael Kalb
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author Peter H. Gilmore's collection of essays from various Church of Satan publications and periodicals brought together in a wonderful compendium of epicurean erudition offering wonderful insight and pragmatism from the leader of the C.o.S.
I will not go into his position within the organization as I feel if you've purchased this book and you've read the other components that make up the Basic Satanism and you grasp the intent. Now onto the book, Peter H. Gilmore's essays in this book are pheno
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: occult-magick
Essentially, this is a collection of articles from the Black Flame, A CoS newsletter.
Peter espouses the same philosophy that the late Anton LaVey penned under the Satanic Bible in 1969. It has nothing at all to do with Satan, Magic(k) or spirituality. Instead, Pete's book confirms that elitism is modern Satanism. The rituals (such as they are), the dress and the very name "Satanist" are adopted out of a bizarre desire to shock those that are knee jerk reactionaries. It is unfortunate, since Anto
Jessica Lynn
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fine essays on the workings of Satanism. Also information on the workings of the church and the moving forward since the passing of Mr.Lavey. If you are curious about the basis of Satanism, read The Satanic Bible. For Satanism-in-a-nutshell so to speak, I highly recommend reading Mr. Gilmore's short essay "What, The Devil?"
Here is a link for it from the Church Of Satan website:
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't be happier to have a the hardback edition of this in our collection. When we received it in the mail, I couldn't put it down. This IS the follow-up to Dr. LaVey's, "The Satanic Bible". It takes the philosophy and furthers it through to the present time through a series of incredible essays covering a number of subjects. ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An expansion to the satanic Bible written by Anton Szandor Lavey, it presents new insights into the church of Satan keeping the view in line with Lavey's original teachings. ...more
Mar 05, 2009 rated it liked it
A lot of reprints. Gilmore lacks the certain charm that La Vey had.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
It was alright. Had some thought provoking essays yet, the overall product lacks that LaVey charm that I love. Some of his essays come off as pretentious.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Two words: Time travel.
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Peter H. Gilmore is High Priest of the Church of Satan since 2001.

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