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The last book of essays by Church of Satan founder LaVey.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Feral House
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Some seriously weird ideas. If one takes out the religious stuff and concentrates on the rest, it reads waay better.
Blake X
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
I really, really enjoyed this collection of essays and musings by Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan and what is called "modern Satanism." First point: Let me say that while I am a Satanist, it is no longer of the LaVeyan variety, as it was during my teenage years. The experiences I've had in my life have brought me 'round full circle, to the point where I now identify as a spiritual Satanist (but, to avoid confusion and jargon, let's just stick with one word: Satanist).

Which b
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John
Jun 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with a philosophical/religious interest
Essays on religion, modern life, commercialism, and the exquisite gratification attainable from a well-placed sneeze. Reading this, i was quite often scared by the frequency with which i'd be nodding along with agreement only to suddenly realized that what Lavey was saying--and what to which i was agreeing--ran counter to oh, pretty much everything i believe. It's a bit of Nietzsche, a bit of Milton, and, for those uninterested in high literature, lines that could easily slip into a South Park d ...more
Justin Day
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This collection of enlightening essays cover many different subjects, and while I may not always agree with LaVey's opinion, I think I definitely get something out of reading it. I think some people would be put off by the title or the the look of the cover, and that's a sad thing, as it has very little to do with what you would think by looking at it. ...more
Grigori Cross
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book equipped only with the knowledge that it was the last of LaVey's published works, and the impression that it was probably a good companion piece to "The Devil's Notebook." I was right, and I was wrong.

Where "The Devil's Notebook" may be described as loosely-structured, "Satan Speaks!" reads like the declassified journal entries of Satan after having gone into seclusion for years. I got the distinct impression while reading this that the outside world kept creeping in,
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Mack
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This volume of collected writings and musings by the founder and head "song and dance man" of the church of satan is a nice continuation from "the devil's notebooks". While I don't agree with all of his opinions, it's pretty damn clear that he did require agreement.
What you find in these pages is more of the man behind the smoke and mirrors. I get the sense he still played the false fronts to the end even in some of these writings. Even so, anton the cornball, anton the joker, anton the dirty o
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Marc D
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Whatever notions you have about his Church of Satan and his original "Satanic Bible" LaVey is a great writer. He offers some interesting views of the world which for the most part are not wrong at all. One piece of advice that stuck with me in the collection was too take seriously the things that other people poke fun at and degrade. That has stuck with me for years and has changed how I view people for better and worse. ...more
Kirby R.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: occult-sorts
LaVey's "Satan Speaks!" is one of the most gloriously unorganized and charismatic books I have read, as is, perhaps, to be expected. It seems as though he simply talks about what he wishes to, bouncing from shoes to religion to inferiority, and it all works brilliantly. LaVey delivers his essays with well-timed humor, tactful cynicism, and a degree of bluntness that manages to be both unnerving and refreshing. As a result, even the ideas I found myself disagreeing with were interesting and thoug ...more
MK
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A very enlightening read.
Though I may not agree with every small statement made in the book and I may not even understand all of Lavey’s words in “Satan Speaks!,” but I believe he is a highly intelligent man whom I have gratitude towards.

As an added bonus to my pleasure with this read, I agreed with big parts of straightforward thoughts and opinions by Lavey, so it was nice to read the very words I have been thinking since the beginning and not being comfortable enough to share to others.

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Robert
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Another book of essays by Doctor LaVey. I must admit that I enjoyed this one a little bit more than The Devil's Notebook. Some essays fit me very well, some not quite so much, and there was a one or two I skipped entirely (unappealing themes). Still... I can´t even think about comparing this book to the magnificent work of Magus Gilmore.

I certainly does not regret reading this piece and I will definitely return to some bookmarked pages later.
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Dave
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Anton Lavey's an amazing intellect. The essays herein are deep satanically inspired and even philosophical to the point of really making you think about the topics contained in this book. I personally like the esssay called "entertain me" Marilyn Manson also wrote the forward in this book a great read. ...more
Zahra Louridi
Jun 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
I read this book out of curiosity. The reason why I gave this book one stare is that this book lack of coherence in term of ideas, jumping from one to another without having a link between ideas add to that using bad language and grammar.
Alex Gruenenfelder
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A witty, interesting book. Not all of the ideas in it are positive, good, or factual, but it gives interesting food for thought and is an entertaining read.
Otto Thoennes
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite collection of Anton LaVey's essays. ...more
LYDIA Galicia
Need to read this book
Mike North
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satanism
As with all books by the great Doktor, this one is just as incredible! Whether a Satanist or not, this is a book many will enjoy. HS!
Bob McBobbersan
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Not the best work by Anton.

I enjoyed it and will read again. Just didn’t hold my interest like his previous book.

Did like him writing about computers and the like.
Tasha Thibodeau
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book. Anton LaVey should be taken with a grain of salt in my opinion. I think that some of these articles were a little bit ridiculous such as the article on everyone being in wheelchairs in the future and not walking, like okay... or the article about artificial total environments. I think this must have been written with LaVey was getting a little bit on the eccentric side, but this is still a great read. There were more essays where I found myself agreeing with LaVey or having ...more
Frater Xolotl
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Perfect for when you only have a few minutes but still wanna have something to read. Not the book for those who lack in critical analysis. LeVay will say one thing that sounds very bigoted but then in the next sentence will say another that sounds on verge of being an SJW. Look at what s being said, sentence by sentence but also in the larger context of the essay, the book, the time period, and the man himself. Definitely some good things can come out of this book but not if you're an "all or no ...more
Shea Mastison
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Anton LaVey displays his great wit and unorthodox mind in Satan Speaks! A collection of 60 essays, covering everything from the fetish of selective incontinence to the intentionally homogenizing effects of globalism.

If you're looking for a book on Satanic theology (two words that seem almost dissonant placed together); then you should check out the Satanic Bible. However, if you appreciate a third-side perspective on an eclectic series of topics--this is for you.
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Aaron
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, this is one of the most intriguing books I've read. Filled with the last of Dr. LaVey's writings, we get one last opportunity to gain philisophical wisdom, insight to his passions, and further understanding for what this innovative individual and his legacy, The Church of Satan, stands for. ...more
Jaybird Rex
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I got into LaVey's writings waaaay back in high school, and they've been an entirely positive influence on me. This book's been a long time coming and I'm thoroughly satisfied with the selection of essays, particularly the bits on sorcery, invisibility and humourlessness. LaVey would have been a great guy to have a conversation with. ...more
Billy Thorton
Mar 04, 2014 added it
Shelves: satanism
This book contains a forward by Marlin Manson and an introduction by Blanch Barton. This book contains essays on such things as the God of Assholes and the Third Side: the Uncomfortable Alternative. This book was completed just before LaVeys' death and is a good read for anyone interested in satanic thought. ...more
Rachel Raven
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. LaVey was one of the great thinkers of our time and it is a shame that he will never be recognized for it. If you are at all interested in a less common view of the world I highly recommend this book.
Sarah
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
leftover work thrown together by his wife after he died (i believe). a few decent essays and a few funny ones but if he did publish it himself it was clearly just to make a buck. Seems like a bunch of random stuff he never finished.
Sarah
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really good book of very intelligent essays. may be offensive to some i guess
Josh
Sep 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
great collection of essays and a must read for those who enjoyed the devil's notebook. ...more
Marylin
Apr 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I've never read anything Anton Levay before this. He seems like a really smart man who found a good way to stick it to Christian Zombism... pretty harmless. ...more
Jhef
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
An amusing collection of short essays written by the Man Himself. Works well as a coffee-table book. Sheds some light on LaVey's thoughts on social taboos and other topics you won't see elsewhere. ...more
Hayley Owens
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this when I was 13, I don't remember much of anything from it but remembering it made me laugh so I had to find it. ...more
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High Priest of the Church of Satan as well as a writer, occultist, musician, and actor.

He was the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a synthesized system of his understanding of human nature and the insights of philosophers who advocated materialism and individualism, for which he claimed no "supernatural inspiration."

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