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Book Deal Announcement: “The Little Book of Satanism” by La Carmina! Ulysses / Simon & Schuster, Satanic guidebook.

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A devilish announcement: I have a new book coming out… about SATANISM! It’ll be published October 25 by Ulysses Press / Simon & Schuster!

Late last year, I received a book deal for The Little Book of Satanism: a nonfiction guide to the history, culture, and practices of Satanism. My fourth book features a foreword by Lucien Greaves of The Satanic Temple, and will be released by Simon & Schuster on 10/25.

♥ PREORDER NOW — The Little Book of Satanism: A Guide to Satanic History, Culture & Wisdom is available for preordering on Amazon. My book is also available at Barnes and Noble, Bookshop, and other retailers worldwide. Canadians can find it via Chapters/Indigo or Amazon Canada.

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TO SUPPORT — Please keep reading to see the Baphomet cover art, contents, and more. And thank you for taking a moment to share this post on social media — I appreciate your help in getting the word out!

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What is the book about?

The Little Book of Satanism by La Carmina is an accessible overview of Satanic history and culture that aims to dispel misconceptions about modern Satanists. The book begins with a foreword by Lucien Greaves (of The Satanic Temple), and then introduces the Devil’s conceptualization from his Ancient Near East predecessors to the Bible and beyond. I trace Satan’s historic footprint through the centuries (the Knights Templar, Salem Witch Trials, Hellfire clubs, Aleister Crowley), to the birth of modern Satanism (LaVey’s The Church of Satan, and TST). I also cover the meaning behind Satanic sigils, the Devil in art / literature / pop culture, Satanic rituals and holidays, the Satanic Panic, and much more. (Full details further below.)

❤ Where and when can I get your book?

The Little Book of Satanism hits bookstores on October 25, 2022 — it’ll be available worldwide in both print and digital. You can pre-order my book now from Amazon, or get it from Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Bookshop, and other retailers worldwide, such as Canada’s Chapters/Indigo or Amazon Canada

How much does it cost?

Only $10.99 US for the digital version, and $14.95 US for the paperback. My book is available internationally at the links above, and can be preordered now. (Thank you for supporting!)

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❤ Can you tell me more details about the book?

The following is the catalog copy for “The Little Book of Satanism: A Guide to Satanic History, Culture, and Wisdom” – by La Carmina.

Discover the fascinating history and culture of Satanism through the ages and learn why many Satanists today stand up for free inquiry and personal liberty.  

Satanism is too often misunderstood as a religion that makes blood sacrifices to an evil, horned Prince of Darkness. In reality, modern Satanists are nonviolent and nontheistic, and consider the Devil to be a meaningful metaphor for the pursuit of knowledge, reason, and justice.

The Little Book of Satanism details the “mark of the beast” in cultural and historic movements over the centuries, which have informed the sincerely held beliefs and practices of Satanists today. Written by award-winning alternative culture journalist and blogger La Carmina, this comprehensive guide includes:

A foreword from Lucien Greaves, activist, spokesperson, and cofounder of The Satanic Temple
Information on Satan’s biblical origins, and his various names, appearances, and symbols
Details on his age-old role as a scapegoat, from medieval witch trials to the 1980s Satanic Panic
An overview of modern philosophy and practices, focusing on The Church of Satan, The Satanic Bible, and The Satanic Temple
Examples of the Devil’s influence on art, literature, music, and films—from Paradise Lost to Rosemary’s Baby

This accessible book explains how Satanism developed in the context of social history while debunking lurid conspiracy theories about serial killers and ritual abuse. It includes a primer on various Satanic practices such as social activism, rituals, and holidays. In the spirit of the fallen angel Lucifer, be inspired by Satanism’s affirmative values that courageously oppose arbitrary authority and champion nonconformity.

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❤ Can I see the book cover design? Who made it?

Above is the cover art of The Little Book of Satanism! Lucien Greaves contributed ideas for the book cover design, including the block effect and a Baphomet with gentle eyes. The execution is by the Ulysses Press design team. Thank you to my Pirate – artist Naomi Rubin – for her in-depth feedback on the cover and layout.

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❤ May I take a look inside?

Here’s a sneak peek at the inner pages, which incorporate Gothic fonts and inverted pentagrams. The Little Book of Satanism is 144 pages long, and includes black and white illustrations (like Stanislas de Guaita’s goat head in an inverted pentagram).

My book is in the catalog of major publisher Simon & Schuster, which put up a La Carmina author page here.

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And here is the back cover copy, which invites you to discover the rich history of Satanism.

“Written by award-winning journalist La Carmina and with a foreword by The Satanic Temple cofounder Lucien Greaves, The Little Book of Satanism shines a light on the religion’s affirmative values that oppose arbitrary authority and champion scientific rationalism and personal liberty.”

144 pages / $14.95 / Preorder via Amazon or Simon & Schuster (various links to retailers).

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My book deal was announced in Publisher’s Marketplace and Publisher’s Weekly book deals announcements, in the Religion section. Thank you to my literary agent and to the Ulysses team for making this project possible. The article says:

“Ulysses Traces Satanism’s History. Casie Vogel, editorial director at Ulysses Press, bought world rights from Lindsay Edgecombe of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency to alternative culture journalist La Carmina’s The Little Book Of Satanism. The book examines the history and culture of Satanism, including “lurid conspiracy theories about serial killers and ritual abuse, and showing why many Satanists today stand up for free inquiry and personal liberty,” according to the publisher.”

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I wanted to give a special shout-out to my friend Dr John Skutlin (who wrote about Satanism in his Ph.D. dissertation) for his hours of support throughout every stage of the manuscript. I’m thankful for the time he generously took to give me in-depth feedback and edits — the book wouldn’t have made it to the final draft without his expertise in these hellish matters! (And I’m glad we’ve been able to collaborate closely for over a decade now; we currently co-host Satanic Show + Tell on TSTTV.)

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a book, and it’s a joy to be back at it. This will be my fourth published book — my previous two were about Japanese pop culture (Cute Yummy Time and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants, published by Penguin Random House.) If you’re curious, you can see my past La Carmina books here.

I’ve written extensively about Satanism since 2007, particularly about TST and the subculture in Japan — so I’m grateful for the opportunity to do a full-length book. My Satanic articles over the years have included:

Fodor’s Travel: Profile of The Satanic Chef.
 The Daily Beast Travel: The most devilish destinations worldwide.
 Roadtrippers Magazine: Inside the TST Salem, MA art gallery and headquarters, with Lucien Greaves.
Tripsavvy: Travel article about how to visit The Satanic Temple HQ.
Unilad: La Carmina interviewed about the ongoing Satanic Panic.

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One could say that I’ve been stepping on goat heads in pentagrams for quite some time now…

I spoke about Satanism on various podcasts: La Carmina on Black Mass Appeal, Tea Room Dialogues, Satanic Study Hall, and Cemetery Confessions / The Belfry Network.
I have over a decade of blog articles about Satanism worldwide, on my La Carmina blog. These include my firsthand reports of visiting The Satanic Temple in Salem, going to a Satanic disco party in London, hailing the Madrid Lucifer fountain, descending into Osaka’s Territory shop and Kobe’s IDEA Satanic bar, and more.

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To commemorate the book deal signing, Joey Wong shot these images of me in Vancouver, using my new Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera.

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Outfit details: Knee-high leather boots by L’Atelier de Charlotte (this women-run indie company designs shoes in London, and constructs them in Spain.) Cropped black sweater and houndstooth skirt from Fashion Chingu (they carry over 1000 items inspired by K-dramas and Kpop idols).

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Handwoven mandalay silk headband by Thread Tales Company. The gold necklace is a large Safety Chain Choker by Eddie Borgo.

I can’t wait for you to read my new book, The Little Book of Satanism, when it comes out on Oct 25! If you have any questions about it, please leave me a blog comment. You can also connect with me on my @LaCarmina social media:  Instagram / Twitter / Facebook Page — and shop items from my wardrobe on Depop @lacarmina.

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And you’re welcome to check out my previous books from Penguin Random House: Cute Yummy Time (a guide to making meals look adorable) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (exploring the bizarre world of Japanese maid cafes, cat cafes, vampire restaurants and more.)

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PRE-ORDER The Little Book of Satanism on Amazon or Kindle or Barnes and Noble or through Simon & Schuster. Canadians can get it through Chapters/Indigo or Amazon Canada. It will be released October 25th, 2022.

The Little Book of Satanism by La Carmina drops 10/25/2022!

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Thank you to all who made this dream writing project possible. Ave Satanas!

♥ Contact La Carmina: If you want to interview me about the book or have any questions, email me at gothiccarmina — att — gmail — dotcom

And THANK YOU for preordering, and sharing my book news on social media (you can find me @LaCarmina). I’m grateful for your support over the years!


Millie Magazine x La Carmina interview! Vancouver BC fashion blogger photography, alternative model portraits.

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2021 has arrived… and I’m dressed to face whatever might come!

I’m determined to make this a glamorous and creative year — even if we must remain in lock-down mode for the time being.

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What’s been going on in La Carmina’s life?

I’m continuing to write (mostly about travel) for various publications, and I’ve recently added some new bylines to my roster. At the end of this post, you can find links to my recent articles.

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I also have a devilish new web show coming out soon… Stay turned to my @lacarmina social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) for the announcement! Can’t wait to unveil what we’ve been working on remotely in the past months.

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And I was honored to be profiled in the January 2021 issue of Millie Magazine, a print publication by Meredith Corp. (It’s currently released along with Real Simple Magazine.)

The magazine is about diverse women and personal finance, with a focus on achieving one’s financial and career goals. Senior editor Emily Silber interviewed me about my “cool and unusual job” as a TV producer and host in Japan! (See scans further down.)

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Millie Magazine commissioned photos of me to accompany the interview. I had a terrific time shooting around Vancouver, British Columbia with local photographer Rachel Pick. She took these vibrant photos in front of an East Van mural.

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Millie Magazine hired my trusty team to do my hair and makeup for the editorial shoot. (Earrings by Stephen Einhorn; rings Sapphire Studios.)

Artist Jennifer Little has been doing my makeup for years. She gave me a soft yet alternative look, with a double layer of eyelashes.

My stylist, Chad Evans of BlameChad, dyed my hair dark purple with pink face-framing front pieces. He styled my hair into two Harajuku-style half ponytails, with curls.

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We also took photos around Vancouver’s old Chinatown. Doesn’t this image have a Wong Kar Wai cinematic feel?

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A behind-the-scenes shot of my photography session with Rachel Pick. She brought reflectors, a box for me to sit or stand on, and more to achieve these shots!

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I’m not a morning person, but it was worth getting up early to have these excellent natural lighting conditions.

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Millie Magazine liked my various fun coats, and asked me to model a few. (Everything is styled and selected by me, from my personal wardrobe).

I’m wearing a few of my favorite pieces: a pink Mongolian sheared sheep coat by Skandinavik, a Miffy bag I got years ago in Hong Kong, and pumpkin-faced stockings by UK Tights.

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This look involves a vintage coat, Forest Ink cutaway top, and Jeremy Scott leather mini-skirt with polka dots.

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Money shot. All jewelry from La Carmina’s collection.

Skull bangle and pearl earrings by Stephen Einhorn; Aphrodite skull and Sailor Moon rings Sapphire Studios.

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We took these photos in October, before the “household-only” restrictions took place in British Columbia. Windows of opportunity are so fleeting these days, and difficult to predict… I’m glad we were able to make this Millie Magazine photoshoot happen.

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I love how the shoot turned out — what do you think? It’s rare to have an excuse to get dolled up these days. Fingers crossed that this changes soon.

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Here’s the cover of the Winter issue of Millie Magazine (January 2021). Thank you to the team for featuring me in this magazine about women, finance, and careers!

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I’m featured in the Table of Contents page of Millie Magazine as well. My profile is under the “My Odd Job” category. (“A TV fixer in Japan… These women have cool and unusual jobs.”)

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Here’s a look at my full-page interview in Millie Magazine (Jan 2021 edition). Emily Silber writes: “Not Your Average TV Producer. La Carmina is an expert in oddities, the Lady Gaga of the Japanese underworld, and a ‘fixer’ of peculiar TV shows.”

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A final behind the scenes look at my photography session with Rachel Pick. Here’s to more fashion and portrait photoshoots soon.

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Let’s finish up with a few of my latest bylines. I spilled my secrets of becoming a travel TV host and producer — see my essay on Fodor’s Travel. It includes bloody memories of bagelheads, love dolls, body mods, fake families, and other adventures in Japan with my Pirates.

Hopefully we can work on more wacky travel and culture TV shows soon, in Japan and worldwide. If you’re looking to hire a local production coordinator / fixer in Tokyo, check out our company — La Carmina & The Pirates.  

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I also interviewed Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple — for my new article published by Roadtrippers Magazine.  Read about my visit to The Satanic Temple in Salem, and their important activism for pluralism and personal autonomy.

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I spoke with Lucien Greaves about the notorious Baphomet bronze statue, and how TST set up their headquarters in Salem, Ma. We also discuss the fight against false Satanic Panic accusations, and his fantastic Movie Night (TST3K) on The Satanic Temple TV.

Please enjoy my article about The Satanic Temple here, and see more photos from my visit to TST Salem in 2019.

Here’s to a hell of a 2021 — whatever that may mean. I’m keen to stay connected, so please reach out! Find me @lacarmina on social media; links below.

I’m also continuing to sell cute clothing and accessories on @lacarmina Depop; let me know if I can send you anything from my shop. Cheers!

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