You Might Be a Psychedelic ChaoSatanist If… is an illustrated book of political, adult humor that addresses the ethical shortcomings of organized religion through a critical, counterculture lens. It is comprised of 41 pithy remarks, which characterize this seemingly radical position in such a way that open-minded readers may find themselves sympathetic – especially in these times of great moral crisis and postmodern confusion.
The persistent hypocrisy of religion has served only to despoil their chosen icons. To say one prefers “Satan” to the outdated offerings of Christianity is to engage in a form of protest behavior. The icons of light have been emptied, subverted, sullied, leaving us only humor and the icons of darkness with which to mount a defense. Tapping into the zeitgeist of Generation X counterculture and its progeny, the writing references psychedelic drugs, Chaos Magick, Kink/Cosplay, atheists, art, science and the failings of organized religion.
The droll one-liners and charming illustrations offer a sympathetic framing of this unusual metaphysical subculture. You Might Be a Psychedelic ChaoSatanist If… is both broad jest and a coherent personal manifesto.
Scholarly and esoteric study informs this writing, but it is geared to a general audience. It illustrates how an honest appraisal of religion might lead an ethical person to a conclusion like the title of this book. Being “satanic” in this sense is a protest behavior, not a belief. This book does not assert anything supernatural. This is not a book about magick or spirituality. It does not compete with ‘how-to’ witchcraft manuals or treatises on magickal theory. Rather, it is cultural commentary on the existence of satanic subcultures. Although the writing addresses a unique, underground community, psychedelics and Satanism are both emerging into mainstream consciousness. I hope my book demystifies (or elucidates) these stigmatized identities for our confused friends, offended family members or alarmed colleagues.
A. J. Olvera