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Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left-Hand Path Sex Magic Paperback – October 15, 2002


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Books (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184068061X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840680614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From reviews of 'The Satanic Screen' by Nikolas Schreck:

'Schreck a widely accepted occultist authority, lends credibility and a palpable enthusiasm to the release, boasting both sound scholarly approach and aficionado's flare.' - Foreword

'Schreck's 'The Satanic Screen' provides the ideal, heavily illustrated guide to the Devil's numerous incarnations throughout the past century of film-making, referencing not just the obvious Hollywood mainstream, but Kenneth Anger, and Twenties German expressionists. The scope of Schreck's cinematic research aside, his broader knowledge of the occult and the significant influence of Aleister Crowley makes for a highly informed study.' - Uncut

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This groundbreaking, comprehensive, exhaustively researched, and well-written study goes much further than any other book I've ever read on this subject in providing accurate practical knowledge on the totally misunderstood area of Left Hand Path initiation and sex magick. Its promise to be the 'Complete Guide' to this area is more than fulfilled in its 400 pages of insightful text.
The Schrecks draw on decades of real life experience in making the mystery that surrounds this sinister subject clear. After an introductory 'Foreplay' that sets the Schreck's irreverent and iconoclastic tone, the book is divided into 3 sections. Book One, The Sinister Current in the East, explains how the Left Hand Path began in the tantric practices of India, revealing the most radical methods of erotic magic that are so commonly distorted by politically correct New Age forms of tantra in the West. The Schreck's 5 point explanation of the essential principles of the Left Hand Path is the most accurate and useful attempt at describing the basic defining methods of this kind of spirituality I've ever seen, admirably sticking to historical fact instead of the occult gameplaying you find so much of in magical books.
Book Two, The Sinister Current in the West, starts out with a practical glossary of magical terms, and gets into such previously ignored topics as the possibility that Jesus Christ was a Left Hand Path sex magician, the topic of sacred prostitution and the cult of Babylon. The Schrecks cover the Left Hand Path sexual teachings of such well-known magical teachers and groups ...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cambion on December 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was willing to pay $60 for this out of print book, with high hopes that it would be well worth the price based on the description and other reviews. While the book is well-researched and well-written, it is not at all what it promised to be, and not what I was looking for. First, forget the description offered by Amazon, as brief as it is. Forget the title and subtitle of the book. This book is not so much a "Complete Guide to LHP Sex Magic" as it is a "complete overview of the history of practices that may or may not be LHP sex magic."

The first third of the book is devoted to the history of the LHP in Eastern traditions. Although the Schrecks properly criticize the tendency of the occult movement towards "orientalism" (romanticizing eastern practices as inherently more mystical than western ones), they appear to engage in it themselves. Although they believe the "sinister current" has been expressed in various traditions throughout time, they discuss very little about such currents in pre-Christian Western traditions, and seem to hold that study of the tantric LHP is the only way to get a "pure" understanding of what the LHP is supposed to be about, since it is the only uninterrupted expression of the LHP since ancient times. All this, in spite of the authors' notice that the goal of tantric LHP is dissolution of the self and is contrary to the goal of the Western LHP practitioner. In keeping with this, they use tantric words throughout the text, and tantric concepts and worldview as a yardstick from which to measure whether or not other practices are LHP or not. Despite all their research, they seem unable or unwilling to branch into archaeology or anthropology, or even Biblical studies to trace the sinister current in the West in any detail before the Christian era.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2003
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This beautifully produced Creation Books edition is a revolutionary classic of sexual self-initiation. The long awaited guide to the Left Hand Path's sexmagickal side is as thorough & definitive as we would expect from Nikolas and Zeena Schreck, the Demonic Duo who have been pushing the envelope of the black arts for years. One thing this must-have "Sexcronomicon" makes crystal clear in its fascinating journey through the theory practice & history of the Sinister Current in the East and West is that the Left Hand Path is really inseparable from sex magick. Rare among the few Western books available on this subject is the Schrecks' focus on the importance of the Demonic Feminine to the Left Hand Path, something this demonic female really appreciated! DEMONS OF THE FLESH describes itself as a sex magickal ritual and deliberately reflects the united male and female perspectives of the authors. This unique approach adds a seriousness of purpose that is lacking in many magical books, despite the Schrecks' often humorous take on reality. Despite some of the sensational topics covered such as magical S and M, sex vampirism, sacred prostitution & the darker side of erotic magick in general, the authors handle the material with an obvious understanding of the sacred nature of sexuality. Also unique is the authors' explanation of how every religion (including Christianity & Buddhism) has its secret Left Hand Path and the Schrecks' surprising dismissal of the overrated A. Crowley and modern Satanism as irrelevant to the authentic Sinister Current. Not afraid to spell out the radical formula of how sinister initiates must break the taboos of society, then their own taboos on the way to higher states of mind, DEMONS OF THE FLESH has become a controversial work in more conservative occult circles.Read more ›
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