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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SCB DISTRIBUTED PUBLISHERS; OCCU edition (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976403595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976403593
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dean A. Marks on 11 May 2008
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When Anton LaVey,founder of the Church of Satan,passed away he left some very large shoes to fill. But having read this book I can definitely say that Peter H. Gilmore is doing a wonderful job of leading the Church of Satan so far.
For anyone considering becoming a satanist, or anyone who just wants to learn what satanism is all about, this book and "The Satanic Bible" by Anton LaVey are the the best places to start. I would strongly recommend reading "The satanic Bible" first as it will help you to understand the essays within this book a lot easier.
Mr Gilmore writes several essays in which he expands upon and explains in depth the teachings and philosophy of LaVey as well as writing several essays based upon his own observations of society. In this book he explains the satanists opinion on topics such as terrorism, gay marrige and the Columbine school massacre.
The second half of the book contains the rites to a number of satanic rituals, including the satanic wedding and the satanic funeral, which have never before been released to the public. All in all it is a very enlightening read and a great book which I give my highest recommendation. But I am sure even the author himself would admit that it isn't for everyone, just "a few outstanding individuals".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 5 Jun. 2014
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Thanks for posting me 'The Satanic Scriptures' by Peter H Gilmore. I'm giving you five out of five. I am going to enjoy reading it since I am a Satanist.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TYLER Johnson on 14 April 2015
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The book is brilliant and came on time.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By luisa on 21 Sept. 2012
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this book is nice and thick it goes through a tremendous amount of info and is a brilliant follow up after the other statanic books
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A phenomenal read; one of the most important works on Satanism to date 19 May 2015
By Grigori T. Cross - Published on
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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 is an efficacious communicator, on the front lines of Satanism's defense for decades.

The structure of the pieces is calculated to deliver in such a way that would make reading the essays out of order a mistake. It was for me, anyway. Before I read this from cover to cover, I read most of the essays as their subject drew me. While I agreed with the points Gilmore made in each of them, the weight of the words didn't effectively hit me until I read them in order. Reading the essays in sequence got across overarching points that he couldn't possibly have conveyed in each individual piece. In that sense, there were shades of the effectiveness I saw in LaVey's "Satanic Bible" in terms of conveying what the Satanic perspective concludes.

The timeline stretches from Gilmore's time serving in the Priesthood when LaVey was High Priest, dealing with the Satanic Panic, to where I think he really shines and makes contributions to Satanism that are really exemplary of his current title of Magus. His reflections during the Satanic Panic are valuable for those in the intelligent minority who are inclined to think that there is some way to "get through" to everyone in the (fairly unintelligent) majority - a warning against the unSatanic extensions of solipsism. In "Time Travel - Cheap and Easy," he describes a way for Satanists to effectively use our human penchant for habit to express an entirely different time, and I personally believe it can be used as a method to more efficiently articulate emotions creatively.

There is also a tendency for Gilmore to use cosmological metaphors to make his points. He refers to each Satanist as a sort of black hole, drawing others into his or her center of gravity in a very clever twist on Aleister Crowley's notion that "every man and woman is a star." Similarly, he describes other, more parasitic kinds of individuals as "intellectual black holes," and wisely warns to avoid them, lest time and energy be completely wasted. Be careful not to mix the two, though. The metaphors are being used for very different reasons.

Gilmore also seems to find a lot of value in one of LaVey's essays called, "Satanism is Americanism." At many points in his book, Gilmore references classic American values, freedom and exceptionalism most of all. Perhaps there's a reason the United States has sometimes been called the world's first "Satanic republic." Something I find beautiful about Satanism is that what it opposes is, to a great degree, what Satanists have in common. There are some concepts that we will agree on, but we will all apply them differently in our lives. Gilmore makes several comments on culture, namely in music and art, that discuss possible avenues for the Satanist to express his or her individual creativity. To my mind, this speaks to the way America finds its culture. It came about through rebellion, and the individualistic nature on which it was founded encourages culture to be brought about as the manifestation of individual pursuits.

Finally, a brief word on the aesthetics. Gilmore's work on Satanic ritual is not to be overlooked, and he paints a picture with each description (not to mention the ritual instructions) that allows the reader to vividly imagine a place of his or her own inside the ritual environment, and compelled me almost to envision the ritual taking place even as I was reading them. That aside, the book itself is a work of beauty. It was designed by members of the Church of Satan, and the excellent design and feel are exemplary of how high the standards of the church's elitism really are. I eagerly anticipate any creative work Gilmore will release in the future.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Impressive and Sophisticated 14 July 2009
By Cheryablinsk70 - Published on
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I recently purchased a copy of this book along with a couple of items by Anton LaVey in an effort to find out more about LaVeyan Satanism, Satanic philosophy, and the Church of Satan than I could find on the internet. This book had been recommended to me by an acquaintance of mine, so I thought I'd buy it. I've seen a few video interviews with Gilmore and read a couple of his essays, and they seemed reasonable enough to me. I was expecting this book to rate a solid 3-4 stars, but honestly, it greatly exceeded my expectations.

I'd like to preface my next statement with a bit of a disclaimer: I've read a lot of LaVey's work and I find his ideas to be well thought-out, intelligent, and frankly, pretty inspiring. However, despite all this, I found Gilmore's "The Satanic Scriptures" to be a more enjoyable read than most of what I've seen from LaVey. Gilmore writes in a style that is more to my personal taste, and he takes inspiration from LaVey's work and expresses his views and ideas very eloquently. I don't think it'd be far from the truth to say that Gilmore has a little more of a sophisticated style than LaVey, though whether that is better or not might just be a matter of taste.

All in all, I found this book informative and enlightening, and Gilmore's book has inspired me to further improve and refine my own ideas.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Following a Very Tough Act 9 Jun. 2009
By Kenaz Filan - Published on
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Anton LaVey was one of the most immediately recognizable figures in modern occultism (even though he despised "occultniks"). His *Satanic Bible* has sold over 600,000 copies and counting. The Church of Satan's current High Priest, Peter Gilmore, was faced with the unenviable task of following in those very large footsteps. If his *Satanic Scriptures* are any indication, he's well suited to the task. Like *TSB*, this collection of essays provides guidelines for those seeking true Satanism amidst the tidal wave of mediocrity or worse.

When you hear "Satanic Music," you may think of painfully loud death metal played by Malodorous Maximus and his Coven of Head-Bangers. Gilmore's "Diabolus in Musica" introduces you to the Satanic stylings various symphonic composers. If Satanism means genius struggling against the Herd, one should consider the life and works of Dmitri Shostakovich or Ludwig Von Beethoven, not some black-garbed basement-dweller. Much as LaVey found Satanic strains in the work of London, Rand, and Nietzsche, Gilmore finds Satanism in composers as diverse as Mahler, Bruckner and Richard Strauss. Ol' Splitfoot couldn't ask for a better soundtrack.

Tired of websites with spinning skulls, blood-dripping text, and flashing pentagrams? You should read "Satanic Aestheticism." Realism, Surrealism, Romanticism - in the hands of the true artist, these can show you the true diabolism which is missed by those who are mired in the Usual Cliches. And if you don't get that, read "The Myth of the 'Satanic Community'" and learn how you can avoid becoming yet another misguided Marilyn Manson lookalike.

LaVey made his home in San Francisco: Gilmore resides in the gritty metropolis of New York. His "Hell of a Town" pays tribute to the Big Apple in all its dirty and dangerous glory, while offering an elegy to the homogenization that "cleaned up" Times Square. And his "I am the Light and the Way" honors the Global Village that is the Internet, giving a nod to the various online entertainments which can enlighten the epicure and keep the herd safely occupied. (LaVey envisioned Virtual Companions: while we don't yet have readily available androids, we've got no shortage of cybersex and online "communities" for every part of the Bell Curve).

*The Satanic Scriptures* doesn't just parrot the teachings of *TSB* - it develops on LaVey's philosophy and shows how to put it into practice. This, in the end, is what real Satanists do: LaVey sought collaborators, not followers and worshippers. (It's amusing to note how the man who taught that there are no gods and no gurus has been idolized as a god and guru by many, and pilloried as a failed god and guru by many others. The point, people - you're missing it entirely). If you want to understand what Satanism is, and see where the post-LaVey Church of Satan is going, this book is an ideal place to start.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Don't fear the the Reaper 28 July 2012
By Kage - Published on
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There is not much to write about this book which hasn't all ready been said. I can give nothing but praise.

If you have ever read any of Anton LaVey's works, than you should (If you are smart enough) have a good understanding of the foundation of Satanism. Magus Gilmore adds to the current cannon with a delightful read that will be a must have on any bookshelf of a true Satanist or person who wishes to develop a further understanding of Satanism as a whole.

Every essay and story is a delight to read. You will be laughing at times and nodding your head in others. My favorite being "Green-Eyed Hamsters" and "Time Travel-Cheap and Easy." Would you expect anything less from the current leader of the Church of Satan? Magus Gilmore and his ilk have proven time and time again why they have earned the right to carry on LaVey's legacy and are true Satanist. All the rest are just Niggernaughts.

I am not a Church of Satan member but quite frankly, I would be damn proud to be. This is a definite buy.

Other Titles to read:

The Satanic Bible

Satan Speaks!

The Devil's Notebook

The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton LaVey

The Church of Satan: A History of the World's Most Notorious Religion

Essays In Satanism

Bearing The Devil's Mark

The Fire Within: Nemo on Satanism Vol 1

A Mirror Darkly

The Book of Satanic Quotations

The Blood In My Veins (Poems 1995 2005)
64 of 76 people found the following review helpful
The new High Priest speaks and...(shrug) 27 July 2008
By nephrendus - Published on
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First I want to say that I didn't particularly like this book, but I gave it three stars anyway for a couple reasons:

1. It is an incredible piece of publishing. The book is beautiful, and of truly superior quality. In this regard alone it lives up to its satanic idealism.

2. The Satanic Wedding is included in the book. This is a piece of work that I've long been interested in reading. It stood out in its absence in the "Satanic Rituals," so I'm glad to have finally had an opportunity to read it.

3. It isn't terrible. In fact, if I hadn't read Lavey, I'd probably think more highly of this work.

But now for the negatives:

1. Editing. I was very disappointed to find typos and spelling errors in this book. It really detracted from the value of the book as a piece of art. This may sound nit-picky, but Satanists pride themselves on the superior quality of their work, and in this respect the High Priest failed to live up to the ideals of his Church.

2. Content. I understand that satanists don't like the rest of the world in general, but come on, the High Priest is the highest ranking official in the Church, and it seems to me, for an individualist, a self-proclaimed egoist, he spends far too long complaining about the stupidity of other people. All of the pieces did not re-hash this tired subject, but unfortunately, most of them did.

3. Content. In the second respect, I found it surprising that so much of the book was spent defining what a satanist "is," or believes. Satanists are individuals, why do they need another book telling them what they are? I understand the necessity of Lavey's codification of satanism because he was the first to do it, the original black-pope, and so he had to bring satanism to the awareness of the world at large in order to reach those select few he desired to welcome into his life and his Church. But those books have been written, and I don't see that the new High Priest really added much of value to Lavey's work. This in itself would not be a bad thing, except I continually felt like I was reading someone who was trying to fill Lavey's shoes rather than making his own mark on the Church and it's literature.

Having said that, however, there were some pieces that stood out, pieces that really did make an impression. These were the instances where Mr. Gilmore was being Mr. Gilmore. When he wrote about things he loved, and about issues that did need and up-to-date comment from the High Priest of the Church of Satan. In these instances, Gilmore shined. But sadly they were few and far between.

But I believe that the work deserves it's three stars, even if there were typos (shame on you Mr. Gilmore). And I don't have a more beautiful book on my shelves, I can assure you of that.
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