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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,283 ratings  ·  51 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Feral House (first published April 1st 1992)
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Some interesting observations. Still valid, even today. Maybe even more so than before.
Texthack: If one just skips the religious considerations and concentrates on the rest, the text becomes waay better.
ECRETS ARE POWER. WHEN YOU DIVULGE A SECRET, YOU BARTER THE POTENTIAL power of your hidden knowledge for the fleeting ego boost that comes with its revelation. (c)
Andy Nieradko
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite Anton LaVey book. I stumbled across it during a really low point in my life. It brought me out of a deep depression, and made me feel like I wanted to live again. That said, it's not, by any means a book for everyone. For me it was the first step on a path to deeper spiritual understanding, and self acceptance. I think many people would just find it offensive, and think the author just wrote it to be shocking. In the end, you can say whatever you want about Anton, but he was ...more
Like everything else LaVey has written, not everything in this book is bad or wrong, but none of it is new. The stuff that does make sense is just basic common sense, and the rest is horseshit. This one doesn't even have "Satan" in the title, so it's not really valuable for teenagers who want to carry it around for shock value. ...more
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A bit out-of-date, but still a hilarious read by one of the most misunderstood personalities in popular culture.
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anton LaVey has once again written another powerful, inspiring book!
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
The Devils Notebook is a collection of short essays by Anton Lavey. I liked The Satanic Bible better than this but it was a decent read. Most of these are very short. Lavey often writes in a very misanthropic way. Because Lavey in spite of his "scary" image was more or less a oddball nerd type of guy I think a lot of what the root of what he was getting at was instead of having a sense of shame or inferiority about being a weirdo or having odd interests was to turn it around on the sheeple and h ...more
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: never-completed
I got through a large portion but I couldn't focus enough to finish reading. The beginning was strong and made many really good points but it quickly lost me after that. Not saying its not a good book to read just not one I could personally take interest in. However, I always recommend people at least give it a chance. ...more
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book. There is a vein of humor in all of his books, but this one is practically a satanic joke book. Leave it on your coffee table to shock those you wish to shock and make laugh those you know will appreciate it.
Vicky P
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I've been picking at this book for quite some time, and I have to say that it's very illuminating, although not in a good way. LaVey is clearly one of the first in the relatively modern wave of (cis) men that the internet teems with today who think and publicly write about how just by not wanting to conform, and not wanting to be kind all the time, and trying to flip feminism on its head in order to call it by its name (thereby reducing it once more to being controlled by men), they can get away ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Satanists, theology students, Libertarians
Recommended to Michael by: Michael Osiris Snuffin
I have said before that Anton LaVey was fundamentally not a talented book writer, but an essayist at heart. This book is a collection of his essays. Nearly all of them had previously appeared in “The Cloven Hoof,” the newsletter of the Church of Satan, most of them in the early-to-mid 1970s, although there is some evidence of minor revisions made for this publication.

What makes a great essayist? The ability to boil an idea down to a clear crystallization, and show the reader precisely what it i
Grigori Cross
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first literature published in book form by Anton Szandor LaVey was the founding canonical text for Satanism: "The Satanic Bible." In it, he describes the many different stances each individual Satanist might find him/herself taking, why those positions and attitudes that accompany them are Satanic, and why he is justified in calling them such. The book offers a big-picture overview of what is Satanic, and offered the world a glimpse of what real Satanists do, all from the pen of a man who li ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I've read The Satanic Bible and while I don't accept the tenets of the Satanic Church wholesale, I do agree with some of what LeVay preaches. And I thoroughly enjoy his style of writing. So I delved into this book with certain expectations.

However, this book was something of a disappointment. I found several gems of brilliance. But several essays left me wondering exactly what planet was this man broadcasting from. And there are times when he re
Brian Sims
More ecclectic reading for me. Not up my alley, but I just finished reading The Devil's Notebook by Anton Szandor LaVey (author of the Satanic Bible). This is Kind of a collection of humorous essays about non-conformists; one essay was even about The Construction of Artificial Human Companions. Bizarre. ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Somewhere down the line I must have either subconciously or naturally been inclined to most of these observations. It seems I was already born a Satanist or LaVey just knows what hes saying- although not all the time- but he can sure strike composition of notes in my mind everytime I read some of his passages. Great minds think alike!
Sep 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
if you've never read lavey because of the whole satanic thing, then you've done yourself a disservice. if this book had a different title the majority of people would absolutely love 75% of this book. the man was a great writer and a philosopher that deserves credit as such. ...more
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sukotto by: Whar
Shelves: own
This is where the man's real wit and insight comes to light. While The Satanic Bible was merely a stylized amalgamation of others' works, The Devil's Notebook is a collection of LaVey's essays. This is a required read for everyone. ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have picked this book in search of controversial and simply intelligent read. I was not a mistaken.
This is my first book of A.S. LaVey and to be honest I am highly impressed.
Great and very deep ideas are to be found in this book.

Indeed a book of wisdom, humor, and dark observations
Billy Thorton
Mar 04, 2014 added it
Shelves: satanism
This book further reveals LaVeys' brilliants of not only as a philosopher but as an author. Here he writes on subjects such as The Good guy Badge, The Church of Satan, Cosmic Joy Buzzer. and the Combination Lock Principle. ...more
Lee Vickers
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: occult
I actually loved this book, witty and acidic, LaVey's portrayal of humankind's double standards had me smiling all the way to work, while guaranteeing that I got a seat to myself. ...more
Noah Stacy
Dec 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
LaVey was an interesting character, and if you can get past the Satanic schtick, his ideas were often interesting and provocative (if not necessarily orginal).
Jul 02, 2010 added it
The book was an extravagent struggle for ecstacy.
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a Satanist but I found this would rather interesting. I didn't Satanists were so amusing and funny. You would think they would be all dark and unhappy. Haha 5 star ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the best observations on the nature of modern man I've read in a while. Reminder to not feel ashamed for being a conscientious objector and to never be apathetic. Sheeple. They suck :p ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I found this novel to be quite informative and it definitely opened my eyes about many things.
Jennifer Sullivan
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn't consider myself a fan of Lucefarian philosophy in general or Anton LaVey specifically. That's why I was really surprised to find myself purchasing this book at a local book shop! But after reading the first few pages, I knew I had to continue.

Many people assimilate Satanic teachings with all sorts of horrid and lucidious acts. Certainly, some truly horrific crimes have been committed in the name of Satanism! I daresay those people have completely missed the finer points taught by the
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: satanism
"There is no such thing as "moral" Right. There is only true Right, the balance of the Natural Law, Lex Talionis, versus acquired Right, bestowed by popular consensus and usage (the rules of the Game). Morality is a human invention conferred by the self-serving interests of the sensually impoverished.

We must constantly confront decisions of whether to live by the Law or by the Rules of the Game. Either way will be "Right." Of the two, I always prefer the way of the Law, but it is often riskier a
King Cat
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Most of this book is extremely boring. Only the "Diabolic quotes" (which is only a few statements) such as "Definition of Good and Evil: Good is what you like, evil is what you don't like, What good are friends if they can't do you any good, self improvement books: those who need them won't read them or heed them, (There are many who take my time I shun them, there are some who share my time, I am entertained by them, there are precious few who contribute my time, I cherish them) and when quarel ...more
Bert Z
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again I will say that if everyone read the writings of Mr. LaVey the world we live in would be a much better place.

This book wasn't as brilliant as The Satanic Bible but it was miles above The Satanic Rituals. It's a collection of short essays on everything from fashion, war, misogyny, homosexuals, satanic panic and many more. In particular the writings about women and gay people in Satanism are really quite terrific. Mr. LaVey was such an intelligent man, and he is so honest, I'd defy any
Charles Hamel
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm going to give this book a solid four because it did show me who Anton was and I did agree with some points of it but on the whole, I just kinda lost interest in by the middle and near the end. Especially in the last two chapters, it just goes so far off for me that I was just forcing myself to read it. Overall, I enjoyed it and even though I follow TST it was a good read. This would be a great book for someone who is a Satanist who already knows a lot about Satanism but just now wants to get ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Devils Notebook was my first Anton Lavey read. I still remember discovering this book at a local bookstaore, my aunt a minister in a christian church looked at it and surprisingly let me buy it i was amazed. The essays in this book are really deep and well thought out topics, by far possibly even his best work, right up there with "The Satanic Bible". ...more
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