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More filters. Sort order. Sep 05, BookNerdsBrainDump rated it liked it. Short take: Andrew Peterson is all heart. He was also kind enough to gift me a copy see?
However, he DID say that he wanted honest reviews, and I respect him enough to give him that. In the Afterword, the author states that he wrote the story almost words in a single day, in two sittings, and it shows in parts. I got the sense in reading it that a lot of exposition stayed in his head, and some of it would have been helpful to understanding the story. The setting is iffy as well. Sorry, I got a little off-topic there.
Its powers reminded me of sleep paralysis, which is terrifying. May 25, Lucinda Stillinger rated it it was amazing.
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Far and away my favorite short story of all time. Katelyn rated it it was amazing Nov 25, Kima rated it really liked it Jun 25, J Antonio marked it as to-read Oct 25, Lezli marked it as to-read Oct 29, You whose huge hand has hidden the abyss From sleepwalkers that skirt the precipice, Satan have pity on my long despair! You who, to make his sufferings the lighter, Taught man to mix the sulphur with the nitre, Satan have pity on my long despair! You who fill the hearts and eyes of whores With love of trifles and the cult of sores, Satan have pity on my long despair!
Prayer Praise to you, Satan! The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Meanwhile, the Master, author of an unpublished novel about Jesus and Pontius Pilate, languishes in despair in a pyschiatric hospital, while his devoted lover, Margarita, decides to sell her soul to save him. Speak of the Devil: an Anthology of Demonology.
This anthology, published in , contains a wide array of perspectives regarding the character of Satan, as presented in literature, whether as heroic liberator from tyranny, devious manipulator of human desires, or author of Evil. This collection gathers some of the more artfully told tales that have invoked the Devil's name. La-Bas by Joris K. It caused a sensation when it first appeared in because of its extraordinarily detailed and vivid descriptions of the Black Mass. These descriptions are also authentic, for J.
Huysmans, who has been called the greatest of the French decadents, had firsthand knowledge of the satanic practices, witch cults, and the whole of the occult underworld thriving in late nineteenth-century Paris.
At its center is Durtal, a writer obsessed with the life of one of the blackest figures in history, Gilles de Rais. The legendary crimes, trial, and confession of this grotesque fifteenth-century child murderer, sadist, necrophile, and practitioner of all the black arts unfold in episode after horrifying episode. Lewis, and Jesper Aa. Some consider it the root of all evil.
Others see it as a childish form of rebellion or as a misapplication of serious esoteric beliefs and practices. Still others consider it a specific religion or philosophy that serves as a form of personal and collective identity. In The Invention of Satanism , three experts explore Satanism as a contemporary movement that is in continuous dialogue with popular culture, and which provides a breeding ground for other new religious movements. In Satanism studies, interest has moved to anthropological and historical work on groups and individuals. Self-declared Satanism, especially as areligion with cultural production and consumption, history, and organization, has largely been neglected by academia.
This volume, focused on modern Satanism as a practiced religion of life-style, attempts to reverse that trend with 12 cutting-edge essays from the emerging field of Satanism studies. Topics covered range from early literary Satanists like Blake and Shelley, to the Californian Church of Satan of the s, to the radical developments that have taken place in the Satanic milieu in recent decades.
The contributors analyze such phenomena as conversion to Satanism, connections between Satanism and political violence, 19th-century decadent Satanism, transgression, conspiracy theory, and the construction of Satanic scripture. A wide array of methods are employed to shed light on the Devil's disciples: statistical surveys, anthropological field studies, philological examination of The Satanic Bible , contextual analysis of literary texts, careful scrutiny of obscure historical records, and close readings of key Satanic writings.
At its most sinister, its adherents are worshippers of evil incarnate and engage in violent and perverse secret rituals, the details of which mainstream society imagines with a fascination verging on the obscene. Children of Lucifer debunks these facile characterizations by exploring the historical origins of modern Satanism This authoritative reference work gathers together scholarly studies of Satanism and original source material, focusing on two major aspects—organized religious Satanism and the Satanic Ritual Abuse hoax that was prevalent in the s and early s.
The contributors first examine modern Satanism, a decentralized movement whose only coherence is based on certain themes that date back to the writings of Anton Szandor LaVey, especially his Satanic Bible. Among other factors, the authors discuss how the emergence of the Internet as a form of communication has created some coherence among disparate groups through cross-reference. Many articles are devoted to the Satanic Ritual Abuse scare, an erroneous belief in a vast underground network of Satanists who were abusing children.
For years members of the law enforcement community and numerous therapists, encouraged by the hype of mass media, bought into this panic. The Story of the Black Mass. The 'Affair of the Poisons' was a scandal at which 'all France trembled' and which 'horrified the whole of Europe' as it implicated a number of prominent persons at the court of King Louis XIV in the late 17th century.
Parisian society was seized by a fad for spiritualist seances, fortune- telling, and the use of love potions. The most celebrated case was that of La Voisin, a midwife and fortune-teller whose real name was Catherine Deshayes Monvoisin and whose clientele included the Marquise de Montespan, Olympe Mancini and Marshal Luxembourg.
No formal charges were made, and there is no evidence that they were seriously implicated, yet a permanent stain was left on their names.
La Voisin was burned as a poisoner and a sorceress in A special court was instituted to judge cases of poisoning and witchcraft, and the poison epidemic came to an end in France. This bizarre witchhunt, which embroiled the gilded denizens of Versailles with the most sordid dregs of Paris society, remains both a fascinating enigma and an utterly compelling story. The Devil and the Jews by Joshua Trachtenber. An excellent history that demonstrates the inextricable relationship between the medieval demonization of Jews and the Satanic Panic libels of modern days.
The author reveals how these myths, many with origins traced to Christian Europe in the late Middle Ages, still exist in transmuted form in the modern era. The Satanism Scare. All contributors are skeptical of claims that a large, powerful satanic conspiracy can be substantiated. Their research focuses instead on claims about Satanism and on the question of whose interests are served by such claims.
Several papers consider the impact of anti-Satanism campaigns on public opinion, law enforcement and civil litigation, child protection services, and other sectors of American society. Whatever the basis of the claims examined and analyzed, there is growing evidence that belief in the satanic menace will have real social consequences in the years ahead.
But its origins are far from trivial. The belief in witchcraft--and the deep fear of evil it instilled in communities--led to a cycle of accusation, anger, and purging that has occurred repeatedly in the West for centuries. Award-winning historian John Demos puts this cultural paranoia in context. In the s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults.
Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As a historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa.
He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths. Thus was born Evil Incarnate , a riveting analysis of the mythology of evil conspiracy. The first work to provide an in-depth analysis of the topic, the book uses anthropology, the history of religion, sociology, and psychoanalytic theory, to answer the questions "What causes people collectively to envision evil and seek to exterminate it?
Thus, he maintains, panics over modern-day infant sacrifice are really not so different from rumors about early Christians engaging in infant feasts during the second and third centuries in Rome. In Evil Incarnate , Frankfurter deepens historical awareness that stories of Satanic atrocities are both inventions of the mind and perennial phenomena, not authentic criminal events. True evil, as he so artfully demonstrates, is not something organized and corrupting, but rather a social construction that inspires people to brutal acts in the name of moral order.
Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the s and early s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence, that respectable men and women in their midstmany of them trusted preschool teacherssecretly gathered in far reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic. The Old Enemy by Neil Forsyth. Almond explores the figure of evil incarnate from the first centuries of the Christian era. Almond shows that the Prince of Darkness remains an irresistible subject in history, religion, art, literature, and culture.
Particularly useful in its insights into the relationship of pop culture occultism to the rise of the faddish Multiple Personality Disorder phenomenon, spurred on by the now-debunked MPD "case study" of "Sybil. The Happy Satanist by Lilith Starr. In the philosophy of Satanism, she finally found the inner strength needed to beat a lifetime of addiction and depression.