Peter H. Gilmore

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Peter Howard Gilmore
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Gilmore in October 2007
TitleHigh Priest; Magus
Peter Howard Gilmore

(1958-05-24) May 24, 1958 (age 62)
ReligionLaVeyan Satanism
SpousePeggy Nadramia
DenominationChurch of Satan
Known forThe Satanic Scriptures
ProfessionAuthor, musician, occultist, Priest
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ProfessionAuthor, musician, occultist, Priest

Peter Howard Gilmore (born May 24, 1958) is an American composer, artist, and author. He is the high priest of the Church of Satan[1] and author of The Satanic Scriptures.[2] Gilmore graduated from NYU with both a bachelor's and master's degree in music composition.[citation needed]

He was appointed High Priest of the Church in 2001 by Magistra Blanche Barton. As a representative of the Church of Satan, Gilmore has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs dealing with the topic of Satanism, including appearances on History, the BBC, Syfy, Point of Inquiry, and Bob Larson's Christian radio show.[1]


Gilmore was raised in upstate New York. He visited New York City regularly throughout his youth and moved to Hell's Kitchen in 1980. He read The Satanic Bible at age thirteen and has described The Church of Satan as "the motivating philosophical force in my life" ever since.[1]

In 1989, he and his wife Peggy Nadramia began publishing a Satanic journal, The Black Flame, and continues to publish issues sporadically. In 2005, Gilmore wrote the new introduction to Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible, and his essay on Satanism was published in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature.[3]

The Satanic Scriptures[edit]

A hard cover edition of The Satanic Scriptures, a collection essays and other writings by Gilmore was released on Walpurgis Night 2007, with a subsequent paperback edition (ISBN 0976403595) released on October 13, 2007. The book includes rituals that were previously not public, such as marriages and Satanic burials.


A large part of the essays were released before the book, however, some of the essays included in the book are improved variations. Some, including the essay published in the extract, deal with what the Church of Satan considers pseudo-Satanists, and those who refuse to join the Church, forming their own groups. Magus Gilmore is not too critical of the legitimate Satanists who never join the Church itself, yet disdainfully denounces Christians who sacrifice animals and worship God.

Other essays touch on the similarity between fascist aesthetics and Satanism, along with a multitude of political issues that correlate with the Satanic point of view, as the Index released demonstrates. It includes, but is not limited to, issues such as terrorism in the United States, gay rights, and much more.


Many of the rituals detailed in the book were previously only known to members of the priesthood in the Church of Satan, as the wedding rite that was carried out by the founder Anton LaVey, along with the details of a Satanic funeral, is supposed which is a variation of which was made for him.


  1. ^ a b c Open Questions: Diverse Thinkers Discuss God, Religion, and Faith & Luís F. Rodrigues 2010, p. 125.
  2. ^ Handbook of Religion and the Authority of Science 2010, p. 93.
  3. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature".

External links[edit]

Interviews with Peter H. Gilmore[edit]

Religious titles
Preceded by
Anton LaVey, then vacancy
High Priest of the Church of Satan
Succeeded by
Current incumbent