Anton LaVey

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Anton Szandor LaVey (11 April 1930 – 29 October 1997), born Howard Stanton Levey, was a Jewish American occultist who was the founder of the Church of Satan organization and the religion of LaVeyan Satanism, with The Satanic Bible as the central text.

LaVey stated that LaVeyan Satanism was "just Ayn Rand's philosophy, with ceremony and ritual added". Other stated influences include Aleister Crowley and Might Is Right or The Survival of the Fittest, among many others. Much of The Satanic Bible has been described as plagiarizing others.

LaVey's estranged daughter Zeena Schreck, in an exposé about both her father's religion and past, attributes the birth of The Satanic Bible to a suggestion by the Jewish publisher Peter Mayer, who proposed that LaVey author a Satanic Bible to draw from the popularity of the 1968 horror film Rosemary's Baby, which had caused a recent rise in public interest in both Satanism and other occult practices.

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