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A Satanist doesn’t need a bible, a Satanist needs a library. Learning more about Satanism, religion, the occult, history, science, or yourself is critical to understanding the world and your own beliefs. Even if materials are not strictly Satanic, they may help inform your perspective as a Satanist. Below are our recommendations for materials that will help expand your perspective.
Book: The Little Book of Satanism, La Carmina
“Wherever there was conflict, those in power could blame demons.”
Book: Compassionate Satanism, Lilith Starr
“You are the one who holds power over your own life, not some deity.”
Book: The Revolt of the Angels, Anatole France
A satire of atheist angels plotting anarchist revolution against Heaven. An overlooked Satanic classic–overlooked no more.
Book: Paradise Lost, John Milton
The original Satanic classic, an epic English poem recounting the story of Genesis with Satan as the protagonist–and perhaps the hero.
Book: The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
Atwood’s 1985 thriller about the horrors of religious patriarchy remains ever-contemporary with real fundamentalist agendas.
Book: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley’s daring exploration of morality in a godless universe where human beings wield ultimate power over life and death.
Book: Tell My Horse, Zora Neale Hurston
This account of Carribbean voodoo explores what happens when religion adapts to violence, persecution, and exploitation.
Book: The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter
Feminist folklore explores the basic elements of fairy tale storytelling: horror, gothicism, taboo, and the place of women in storytelling.
Book: Satan’s Silence, Debbie Nathan
A firsthand accounts of the Satanic Panic and its roots in societal anxiety, sexual shame, cultural xenophobia, and religious zeal.
Book: Remembering Satan, Lawrence Wright
There was no cult, and the crimes never happened, but Paul Ingram confessed anyway. Because he “remembered” doing it all.
Book: Witches, Sluts, Feminists, Kristen Sollee
How the historical “witch” (and her associations with devilry) evolved into the modern “slut,” and the power of embracing those titles.
Book: The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
In response to junk science and superstition, cosmologist Carl Sagan created, if you’ll pardon the term, a bible for skepticism.
Book: The Witches, Stacy Schiff
Certain ideas have always haunted America: fear of the devil, fear of outsiders, and most of all fear of invisible but sinister conspiracies.