Rituals in the tradition of the black arts were staged at midnight in the old dark Victorian house of La Vey, an incongruous building among all the white and yellow stucco houses in the San Francisco neighborhood a short way from the cliffs along the Golden Gate.
Occasionally the roar of a full-grown lion that lived in the black house with the La Vey family (Anton, 39; wife Diane, 26; and daughters Karla, 17, and Zeena, 6) reverberated through the night, spooking the neighbors, who were already upset about living so close to Hell. Besides, the Devil has always made "good copy," as they say on the city desk.
"I knew then that the Christian Church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man 's carnal nature will out! Wolfe This is the original introduction, used in the 1969 first edition through 1972 INTRODUCTION by Burton H.
" From that time early in his life his path was clear. Gilmore PREFACE PROLOGUE THE NINE SATANIC STATEMENTS (FIRE) -BOOK OF SATAN- The Infernal Diatribe (AIR) -BOOK OF LUCIFER- The Enlightenment I Wanted! Wolfe* In the summer of 1966, a few newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area began to take notice of a body of Devil- worshippers headed by a former circus and carnival lion handler and organist, Anton Szandor La Vey.
Wolfe, published in 1974 and The Secret Life of a Satanist by Blanche Barton, published in 1990. Medway described La Vey as a "born showman", La Vey was born Howard Stanton Levey in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Michael Joseph Levey (1903–1992), from Chicago, Illinois, married La Vey's mother, the former Gertrude Augusta Coultron, who was born to a Russian father and Ukrainian mother, who had immigrated to Ohio in 1893; both became naturalized American citizens in 1900. La Vey's family moved to California, where he spent his early life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Satanic Bible · The Satanic Rituals · The Satanic Witch · The Devil's Notebook · Satan Speaks!· Letters from the Devil · The Secret Life of a Satanist · The Church of Satan · The Satanic Scriptures He was the founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of La Veyan Satanism.