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The Satanic Bible

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  9,189 ratings  ·  752 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.
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
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 rea
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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
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
Johan Aulin
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Philosophically and intellectually inclined people.
Shelves: philosophy
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Chris Stanton
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
This text is just shy of being complete swill, and is saved only by the fact that since it's publication it has become THE primer for Left Hand Path philosophy. The material is something that could be conceived by any person with the slightest inkling of sardonic wit who is upset by the hypocrisy of his neighbors.

The system here is baselessly materialistic, and at least it is not shy about admitting it. However, at times the author tries to pretend to be pseudo-mystical, but his ideas and statem
Mar 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Quite ok. More than mediocre at least. Keep in mind that the author was trying to make it easy to understand even for the biggest idiots. The author was actually quite intelligible.
An interesting and amusing read; However, if you're looking for a book with any big insight or legitimate reason for anti-christianity, you might as well look elsewhere. The ideals described in this book are just as flawed as the ideals described in Christianity. Where Christianity may turn you into a blubbering fool
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Szandor LaVey spends more time stating what Satanism is not that what it is. The book is poorly written and flogged with exclamation points. What I did shout "Amen", I mean "Satan" to is when I read the highest of all holidys is the date of one's own birth. Even if it takes a Satanist to recgonize October 3rd, so be it....
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first part of the book is highly insightful, intelligent and humorous, but the latter part about how to practice magic really isn't of my taste...and I really don't like what the author had to say about women and their sexuality.
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
So, I was pretty disappointed with this book.

I'm not that well read, but even I noticed some things in this book lifted right out of Ayn Rand and Nietzsche. So since he plagiarized liberally, I'll just copy and paste a summation of this that someone else wrote.

The entire article can be found here:

" Upon close inspection, it is clear that LaVey did not have many unique ideas in his writing of The Satanic Bible. He relied heavily on the ideas of a handful
j to the muthafuckin R
This book definitely deserves a review.
I read this book when I was 18, and it does deserve a 5 star rating for one reason:
This book is the book that actually killed god in my head.
I had despised hypocritical christians more and more for a few years leading up to me reading this book, but I still thought that god existed, but that his followers were mainly authoritarian morons.
But this book made me see through the entire religion itself, ridiculing the christian bible for what it is: a crock of s
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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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