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The Satanic Bible

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  10,915 ratings  ·  927 reviews
The Satanic Bible was first published by Anton LaVey in 1969. It is a collection of essays, observations and rituals, and outlines LaVey's Satanic ideology. It contains the core principles of the Church of Satan and is considered the foundation of the philosophy and dogma that constitute LaVeyan Satanism. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published 2005 by Avon (first published 1969)
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Wyatt R “If I didn’t do it myself, someone else, perhaps less qualified, would have.” - Anton Szandor LaVey

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Kit Fox
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
I grew up on the same block that Anton LaVey lived on. To me as a kid he was, "that old guy who only wore black leather, drove a black Jaguar, and lived in a big, black house with an equally big fence in front of it." Can't say I ever recall seeing him talk to anyone, though my mother would occasionally chat with his daughter and his girlfriend at the corner store. My parents also told me that in the '70s he had a pet lion, but the neighbors complained about the noise so the zoo took it away, or ...more
Philip Gomez
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Before my Christian friends freak out about this one, they should know that "Satanism" is not the same as "Satan Worship", and that the former is actually an atheistic philosophy (albeit a very theatrical and confrontational one), as opposed to the latter which is a religion.

No Satanist actually believes in heaven or hell, good or evil, God or the Devil. Satanists believe that religion has turned mankind into passive sheep, and seek to undo the "damage" they feel religion has caused.

Satanism is,
Jason Koivu
For my 666th review I couldn't think of a more appropriate book than The Satanic Bible!


I bought this about 25 years ago and just now got around to reading it. Thanks for the motivation, Good Reads!

Why did I buy The Satanic Bible way back when I was a teenager? Well, it's like this...

Rock music has always been seen by some as a source of evil and there's a history of musicians who supposedly sold their souls to the devil.


There were rock & roll "gods" like my hero Jimmy Page, who it is rumored fol
Hannah Eiseman-Renyard
De-Mystifies All Shock Value

So, I read this when I was about fifteen and liked to see the looks on people's faces when they saw me reading it. Look at that big inverted pentacle. OoooOOOooooh. It wasn't completely without merit as I then went out and read its even more tired sister book The Satanic Witch, but the fact that I was reading a book called The Satanic Bible - and pissing off people around me as I read it on public transport - was worth far more to me than anything I was actually r
Ed Johnson
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
All religion is theatre and self-deceit, so why not have fun with it? Those who take this book literally (And LaVey's brand of Satanism) miss the point entirely. ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
Yawn. Even teenage me was bored when I first read it back in the '80s. The most excitement I got out of it was shoplifting it from B. Daltons. Yes, another teenage shoplifting confession from the days before tag detection technology. Come to think of it, I might have stopped shoplifting after "picking up" this book. Totally not worth getting caught for stealing such a boring book. ...more
Garrett Cook
Jul 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Garrett Cook by: my girlfriend
Needlessly blunt, socially irresponsible, poorly written. The work of a person who knows nothing about human nature and assumes man's greatest evil is receiving handjobs from a peepshow tent girl. Anybody who needs a book to tell them that it is within their power to do a ton of drugs, have sex with whomever they choose and have cake for dinner will not go far in life. ...more
Feb 21, 2011 marked it as to-read
So my current impression of Satanism is that it is selfish atheism. I kind of hope this "bible" (sorry, it just doesn't feel official to me, the bible-writer looks too goofy and pretentious) will prove me wrong. On the other hand, if my suspicions are confirmed... then Satanism is a bunch of lame, and I totally called it. Just saying.

I mean... like.. can't you just be an atheist? You don't need to be a dick! But you know, most atheists are dicks any way, quoting Dawkins and Harris and smugly re
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this in a charity shop many years ago, a little book that fits nicely in your pocket, I didn't steal it cos I wasn't evil then as I hadn't purchased this book, duh! Try and keep up! I am not a religious person, I have too many unanswered questions to believe in anything. what questions you ask? Here's one, "Why did God kill all the dinosaurs? When it's obvs that they were totes amaze-balls!

I was blown away by how good it was, by how much Anton's thoughts were similar to mine, he didn't s
Libertarianism + YOLO + Nietzsche + black cloaks
Heather Purri
Feb 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
My problem isn't with Satanism itself. The Satanic Temple has a great reputation for political activism and standing up for the disenfranchised. That they don't believe in magick or energy work is a turn-off for me. They perform rituals only as fun group activities. The Church of Satan, who wrote the Satanic Bible, do believe in magick and energy work. That's the part about them that I like.

However, the Church of Satan's Satanic Bible is apolitical and incredibly Individualistic. I don't entirel
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Lavey was a con artist that did everything with a wink and a smirk. The idea of worshipping Satan, even in the symbolic way that Lavey was into, seems completely retarded to me. Why replace one Jewish diety with another Jewish diety? Laveys take on Satan himself is more along the lines of Satan as a kinky horny party animal with an intellectual side as opposed to the Christian interpretation of some ultimate evil conspirater bent on tricking you into roasting in hell for eternity. Some of his ta ...more
Kressel Housman
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm giving this book 3 stars for readability, not because I like or agree with what the author has to say. He is the founder of the Church of Satan, and he summarizes his philosophy in the first half of the book quite clearly. The second describes rituals and recitations that can be performed. I skimmed through most of that section, but I could see where he borrowed from English translations of the Psalms, so most of the other "prayers" must borrow from the Catholic liturgy or whatever religion ...more
Veronica Gutierrez
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: CHRISTIANS!!!
Not what you might think based on the title and the names of some of the chapters. Those are given specifically for shock value. Go into this book with an open mind and it will serve you well. I would actually suggest it as a self help book. It is straight forward, easy to follow and in your face honest. It is not about worshipping the devil it is about worshipping yourself and being alright with who you are and the decisions you make. Be it good or bad, you are who you are. I loved this book an ...more
Sep 21, 2007 rated it liked it
I feel the need to explain myself on this one. While this book does include spells, they're in the back of the book, and frankly, after reading the rest, I didn't find them worth perusing. The book is more philosophy than religion, with self indulgence at the core. I have seen some of LaVey's terms, like "emotional vampires", in fairly common usage lately, which goes along with my thoughts that he has some valid points in his arguments. Unfortunately, those valid points are overshadowed by gobbe ...more
Nov 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Appalachian Mountain Toothless Hayseed Philosophers
I read this book in high school. The reason for the one star is that it serves at least some positive use in that it corrects some Christians belief about what "philosophical Satanism" entails. LaVey doesn't believe in anything like the biblical concept of Satan. It's meant to be something like the antithesis of Christian morality. So whereas Jesus says "Turn the other cheek" LaVey says, "If a man smite you on the cheek, smite him twice as hard on the other." LaVey obviously never bothered to co ...more
Nov 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: occult-magick
Laveyian Satanism is really nothing more than atheism with rituals and symbols. It is Objectivism (Aynn Rand's philosophy) dressed up with bombast and an over-inflated sense of ego.
Or rather it CAN be. If viewed within the right context, it can be rather enlightening. I would not recommend this for someone who is trying to discover themselves, but if anyone wants to learn what Philosophical Satanism actually is, ignore the Christian propaganda and read it from the words of the -Devil- himself.
Jeppe Møller
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with and open mind.
Recommended to Jeppe by: I got it from my girlfriend for my birthday, and I had mentioned it many times previously.
This book is most definitely worked through grammar- and language wise, and the british-flavoured language of Anton LaVey makes for dynamic reading, descriptive metaphors and some great additions to my english vocabulary. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this sort of philosophy. Epistemology, psychology, sociology and the ''spiritual awakening'' oft-times mentioned in these chapters of radical, anti-right hand path philosophy. I would also recommend not giving in to the prejud ...more
11811 (Eleven)
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this before electricity was invented so it's not exactly fresh in my mind but the most interesting thing I remember is that the author went on to sell used cars and eventually declared bankruptcy. First class charlatan.

The book is basically a promotion of self-indulgence. Not much more than that from what I recall. A disappointing read if you're looking to be shocked and a hollow read if you're seeking deep philosophical insight.

Still glad I read it. It helped launch my interest in phil
Mar 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Such a time-sensitive rating. Ten years ago I would've lavished this book with idealistic praise and five stars. Also, I can't believe that I actually read this, then again I used to don a pentagram necklace and wear dresses to school, so ... ...more
May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Satanists, Setians, spiritual dissidents
Recommended to Michael by: The Magickal Childe
I wrote the below review almost 8 years ago, when I was still quite new to goodreads. If anything, my feelings about this book have mellowed, both in the positive and negative, so that I see it as more mediocre than anything. It is a starting point for young people, and not much else.

However, I’ve always meant to come back and update the review with a discussion of the different editions. Since goodreads (still) won’t let you post separate reviews for different editions of a single book, I will
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think that The Satanic Bible is a great book, providing a much needed better understanding of Satanism. LaVey's knowledge and wisdom are very inspiring and have helped me put into a newer perspective all of the religious lessons that I learned about when I was younger.
My only regret is that so many others will fail to read this book due to it's title and will continue to believe in only the tarnished viewpoints of those from other religions. Finally a book comes along that promotes a philosop
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
This was a fun read and not at all what I expected, but it did freak out my Christian brother when he saw it on my bookshelf.

Just do the opposite of what the Christian Bible says and you can be a Satanist!

LaVey was sometimes little more than a barking carny playing monster music on a Wurlitzer.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Yeah I went there... curiosity got the better of me... what did I think about it?... I don't know... I just don't know.. I also laughed occasionally. ...more
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I agree with Lavey’s atheistic statements, but I have better things to do than to waste my time trying to manipulate others for the sake of lust, compassion, or destruction. If I feel lust, I’ll masturbate. If I feel compassion, I’ll be kind to that person and do what I can to help them.

As for destruction, hatred is something that I never feel; to hate someone in my opinion is to wish death or destruction on them, and I just never feel that towards anyone. I want others to be reasonably happy a
Nov 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Disaffected Suburban Youth
Ahh highschool. I can still smell the faux poetry and mascara from here. Thank the Flying Pasta that acne finally cleared up.

If you wonder what happens when the dionysian culture bomb of Crowley gets codified into a handy, and not at all subversive, book - well now you know.

I'd rank this somewhere below a L. Ron Hubbard and a Jack Chick tract in terms of worth. Listen kids, skip this trite, just read a SubGenius and get some slack.

Also hugs, not drugs.
B.J. Swann
Jan 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
Apparently Satanism is really boring.

So after being so disappointed with the Bible, I decided to have a look at this unofficial sequel written in the seventies by Anton LeVey, who sounds like he works in a French Patisserie making fancy cakes. I guess it’s a sort of posthumous collaboration, since God, who allegedly wrote the original Bible, died quite a while ago. But anyway, since Satan was meant to be the main character in this one, I decided to give it a go. Boy was I disappointed. How is i
Elizabeth Bedlam
Oct 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Not evil enough
Johan Aulin
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Philosophically and intellectually inclined people.
Shelves: philosophy
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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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