Peter H. Gilmore
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Peter Howard Gilmore
Gilmore in October 2007
|Title||High Priest; Magus|
|Born||Peter Howard Gilmore|
May 24, 1958
New York, United States
|Denomination||Church of Satan|
|Known for||The Satanic Scriptures|
|Profession||Author, musician, occultist, Priest|
|Profession||Author, musician, occultist, Priest|
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Peter Howard Gilmore (born May 24, 1958) is an American composer, artist, and author. He is the high priest of the Church of Satan and author of The Satanic Scriptures. Gilmore graduated from NYU with both a bachelor's and master's degree in music composition.
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.
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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.
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.
The Satanic Scriptures
In Walpurgis Night 2007, a hard cover edition of The Satanic Scriptures, a book that collects his essays and other writings was released. On October 13, 2007, a paperback (ISBN 0976403595) was released. The book includes rituals that were previously not public, such as marriages and Satanic burials.
In Walpurgis Night of 2012, it was announced that an edition in Spanish was in production to be released on Halloween.
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 heretical devil-worshiping Christians who foolishly sacrifice animals and worship a legendary and anti-theistic 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.
- Several of Gilmore's essays on Satanism and culture can be found at the Church of Satan's official web site.
- Satanism: The Feared Religion
- Pretenders to the Throne
- A Map for the Misdirected
- The Myth of the “Satanic Community” and other Virtual Delusions
- “State of the Church”—October XXXVI A.S.
- Necronomicon: Some Facts About A Fiction
- Founding Family: “Morality” versus Same-Sex Marriage
- “A Clockwork Messiah”, a review of Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ
- Rebels Without Cause
- Peter H. Gilmore on IMDb
- Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature
- The Satanic Scriptures
- Myspace page for The Satanic Scriptures
Interviews with Peter H. Gilmore
- Embracing the Darkness; Understanding Dark Subcultures by Corvis Nocturnum (Dark Moon Press 2005; ISBN 978-0-9766984-0-1) Features interviews with current Church of Satan High Priest Magus Peter H. Gilmore, and Magister Paradise of Not Like Most, a Satanic magazine.
- Satanism: An interview with Church of Satan High Priest Peter Gilmore (5 November 2007), at Wikinews
- Endemoniada Zine
- Alas, Babylon, article on the gentrification of New York City by Jim Knipfel in New York Press
- Halloween special (4:46-8:14) (29 October 2010), video interview with George Stroumboulopoulos on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (CBC Television)
- Science and Satanism (10 August 2007), audio interview on Point of Inquiry
Anton LaVey, then vacancy
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