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Recommended Reading and Viewing

Below you will find a recommended reading list curated by the Albany Congregation. This list is intended to give the reader a holistic understanding of Satanism, including Satanic history and Satanic views beyond those of The Satanic Temple (TST). Information that is important to our tenets and our mission are included. Some recommendations on this list contain ideas not endorsed by TST or that some may find distasteful. However, we believe it is important to have access to a broad range of representations of Satanism in order to understand how Satanic ideas have evolved over time leading to how and why TST’s tenets and mission are different and important in this age of Satanism. If you have any questions about this list, please email us.

Books marked with an asterisk* are available from TST Albany’s lending library. Lending is available to congregation members only.

Foundational Texts of Romantic / Miltonian Satanism

  • Revolt of the Angels, Anatole France (TST’s canonical work)*

  • Paradise Lost, John Milton*

  • The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake*

  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley*

  • Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire*

  • Cain: A Mystery, Lord Byron*

Scholarly Works on Modern Satanism

  • Speak of the Devil: How The Satanic Temple is Changing the Way We Talk About Religion, Joseph P. Laycock*

  • The Invention of Satanism, Asbjørn Dyrendal, et al.*

  • Evil Be My Good, Derek Murphy (best book out there on “Why Satan?”)*

  • Romantic Satanism, Peter Schock*

  • Satanic Feminism, by Per Faxneld*

  • The Satanic Epic, Neil Forsyth*

  • The Devil's Party, Faxneld & Petersen*

  • Children of Lucifer, Ruben Van Luijk*

  • Lucifer: Princeps, Peter Grey*

  • Satanism: A Social History, Massimo Introvigne*

TST Publications & Works by TST Members

  • The Happy Satanist, Lilith Starr*

  • The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities*

  • The Satanic Temple’s Guide to Freedom of Religion in Public Schools*

  • “Religion as Illusion" essay by Lucien Greaves (part of Clive Barker's The Last Illusion)*

  • The Devil's Tome: A Book of Modern Satanic Ritual, Shiva Honey*

  • Compassionate Satanism: An Introduction to Contemporary Satanic Practice, Lilith Starr*

  • The Devil's Death: Your Satanic Companion for Grief and Dying, Shiva Honey

  • Needs Must..., Jack Matirko*

Grey Faction (see also “Satanic Panic”)

  • Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention, Joseph Flatley*

After School Satan Club

  • The Good News Club, Katherine Stewart*

LaVeyan Satanism / Church of Satan

  • The Satanic Bible, Anton Szandor LaVey*

  • The Satanic Rituals, Anton Szandor LaVey*

  • The Satanic Witch, Anton Szandor LaVey*

  • The Devil’s Notebook, Anton Szandor LaVey*

  • Satan Speaks!, Anton Szandor LaVey

  • The Satanic Scriptures, Peter Gilmore*

  • The Satanic Warlock, Robert Johnson*

  • The Secret Life of a Satanist (biography of Anton LaVey), Blanche Barton*

  • Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan, Carl Abrahamsson*

Other Works of Modern Satanism

  • The Satanic Narratives: a Modern Satanic Bible, Damien Ba’al*

  • United Aspects of Satan: The Black Book, Damien Ba'al, John Buer, & Penemue*

  • The Temple of Set (volumes 1 & 2), Michael Aquino*

  • Shemhamforash: A Study of the Infernal Names Found in The Satanic Bible, Arundell Overman*

Feminism / Gender / LGBTQAI+

  • Witches, Sluts, Feminists, Kristen Sollée*

  • We Should All be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie*

  • Lilith: the First Eve, Siegmund Hurwitz*

  • A Queer History of the United States, Michael Bronski*


  • Diary of a Drug Fiend, Aleister Crowley*

  • The Book of the Law, Aleister Crowley*

  • The Book of Lies, Aleister Crowley*


  • Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov*

  • Grendel, John Gardner*

  • Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman*

  • Lucifer (volumes 1--5), Mike Carey & Neil Gaiman*

Related History / Philosophy / Social Theory / Metamodernism

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker*

  • Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life, Jay Wexler*

  • The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American, Andrew L. Seidel*

  • The Listening Society, Hanzi Freinacht*

  • The Cyborg Handbook, Chris Gray*

  • Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche*

  • The Antichrist, Friedrich Nietzsche

General Atheism / Irreligion / Blasphemy

  • Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton*

  • The Happy Atheist, P.Z. Myers*

  • The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins*

  • Why I'm Not a Christian, Bertrand Russell*

  • Irreligion, John Allen Paulos*

  • God Is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens*

  • The World's Most Dangerous Book, Keith Cantrell*

  • Why I'm Not a Muslim, Ibn Warraq*

  • Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali*

  • When Prophecy Fails, Leon Festinger, et al.*

Satanic Panic/Satanic Ritual Abuse/False Memories

  • Michelle Remembers, Michelle Smith*

  • Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic Over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds, Joseph Laycock

  • Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy, Doris Sanford*

  • Now I Can See the Moon, Alice Tallmadge

  • Sybil Exposed, Debbie Nathan*

  • The Abuse of Innocence: The McMartin Preschool Trial, Paul and Shirley Eberle

  • The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse, Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham*


  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan*

  • Unstoppable, Bill Nye*

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson


  • Lucifer Rising, Gavin Baddeley*

  • Lords of Chaos, Didrik Søderlind and Michael Moynihan*

  • Let's Talk: a Rabbi Speaks to Christians, Rabbi Michael E. Harvey*

Recommended Educational Videos (Satanic Panic, Satanic Ritual Abuse, etc.)

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