The Satanic Scriptures
|Author||Peter H. Gilmore|
|Subject||LaVeyan Satanism, ritual|
The Satanic Scriptures is a book by current High Priest of the Church of Satan, Peter H. Gilmore. Like The Satanic Bible before it, it is a collection of essays and observations. It also contains detailed writings on once non-public Satanic rituals. The hardback edition of the book was given a limited release on April 30, 2007, Walpurgisnacht, with a mainstream release following on the 13th of October the same year.
The book was published first in English by Scapegoat Publishing as a 304 page clothbound edition, a slipcased edition, and as a paperback edition. There are French, German, Portuguese and Estonian translations. On Walpurgisnacht of 2012, a successful Kickstarter project was launched to pre-sell Las Escrituras Satánicas, the Spanish language edition.
Many of the essays were published in magazines like The Black Flame and online before collected in this book, most of the essays are improved variations. Some, including the essay released in the excerpt, deal with what the Church of Satan deems to be pseudo-Satanists, and those who refuse to affiliate with the Church, but instead form their own groups.
Other essays touch on the similarity between fascist aesthetics and LaVeyan Satanism, along with a multitude of political issues that correlate to the Satanic viewpoint. Included are issues such as terrorism in the United States, the Columbine High School massacre and the West Memphis Three.
Many of the rituals detailed in the book were previously only known to members of the priesthood in the Church of Satan, such as the wedding rite which was performed by founder Anton LaVey, along with the details for a Satanic funeral, assumed to be a variation on one such which was performed on him.