Anton LaVey was an American actor, writer, and occultist. He is best known as the founder of the Church of Satan and for his work in the occult and horror films. Born in Chicago, Illinois on April 11, 1930, LaVey was raised in a strict Catholic household. As a child, he was fascinated by the occult and dark forces, and would often sneak out at night to explore graveyards and abandoned buildings.
At age 17, LaVey moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in music. He worked as an organist in various nightclubs and also as an assistant to a hypnotist. During this time he met and befriended a variety of people in the occult and horror community, becoming increasingly drawn to their beliefs and rituals. He began to study and practice the occult, particularly ceremonial magic.
In 1966, LaVey founded the Church of Satan in San Francisco, becoming its High Priest and public face. The church quickly grew in popularity, particularly among the counterculture movement of the 1960s. LaVey wrote several books including The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, and The Satanic Witch. He also appeared in a handful of low-budget horror films, including The Devil's Rain (1975), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and Race with the Devil (1975).
Throughout the 1970s, LaVey continued to lead the Church of Satan, traveling around the world to promote his teachings. He was often seen in the media, including television, radio, and newspapers. He was also featured on the cover of TIME magazine in April of 1975.
In 1997, LaVey died in his home in San Francisco. His death was unexpected and shrouded in mystery, with some believing he was killed by one of his followers. His legacy lives on in the Church of Satan, which continues to be active today.
Anton LaVey was an influential figure in the occult and horror communities. He was a controversial figure who pushed boundaries and inspired a new generation of occultists and horror fans. He was a passionate and visionary leader, and his teachings still resonate with millions of people around the world.