Satan Wants You

LYONS, Arthur. Satan Wants You.

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LYONS, Arthur. Satan Wants You. London, Rupert-Hart Davis, 1970.

8vo. Original pale brown cloth, titled black to spine, with illustrated dust wrapper; pp. [viii], 211; very good, a smattering of light foxing.
First edition. A delightfully feverish account of the rise of Satanism as told through the eyes of Arthur Lyons, who claimed that he had received numerous death threats in the process of writing the book. Though Lyons goes to some lengths to frame the creeping rise of Satanism though the centuries as a form of genuine societal crisis, with the benefit of 21st century hindsight you can't help but feel sorry for the poor souls trying to get along with their naked altars and after-church bridge clubs as Lyons barges in and rants about the depravity of homosexuality et al. Regardless, the book is full of curious Satan-adjacent trivia, and gloriously cherry-picked images of people in silly robes.

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