This introductory chapter discusses Aleister Crowley, who is considered as the godfather of modern Satanism and believer of every kind of excess involving sex and drugs. It first examines his concept of esotericism, and then identifies some of the criticisms that he received. It also describes his individualist personality, as well as his education and the works that he developed over the years. The final part of the chapter presents a detailed overview of the rest of the chapters.
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