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Satanism and the silver screen: the bizarre friendship of Anton LaVey and Jayne Mansfield

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A wildly weird photo documentation of the stranger-than-fiction relationship between buxom blond glamour goddess Jayne Mansfield and the devilishly handsome High Priest of Satanism Anton LaVey.
  • ABOUT THE ARTIST: Walter Fischer was a German paparazzo and freelance photographer, based in Hollywood from 1957 to the 1970s, whose campy photos captured Jayne Mansfield and Satanist Anton LaVey.
  • Kenneth Anger's participation amplifies the "Hollywood Babylon" aspects of the book: scandal, notoriety, gossip, and the dark side of Hollywood. Both Hollywood Babylon (1975) and LeVey's occult bestseller, Satanic Bible (1976) are still in print and each has sold well over 500,000 copies.
  • PRESS & PROMO: A new documentary called Mansfield 66/67 released in early 2017 (from Room 237 director) and will draw attention to the relationship between Mansfield and LaVey (with Kenneth Anger, John Waters and others).

  

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California Infernal: Anton LaVey & Jayne Mansfield

As Portrayed by Walter Fischer

Foreword by Carl Abrahamsson, Alf Wahlgren. Introduction by Kenneth Anger.

Featured image is reproduced from 'California Infernal: Anton LaVey & Jayne Mansfield.'

Satanism and the silver screen: the bizarre friendship of Anton LaVey and Jayne Mansfield

Movie star Jayne Mansfield and notorious Satanist Anton LaVey met in 1966. Both were publicity conscious and made the most of the meetings, which evolved into a friendship. Almost always present was German paparazzo Walter Fischer, stationed in Hollywood and catering to image- and scandal-hungry photo magazines all over the world.

Fischer’s unique collection of photos takes us straight into the ritual chamber of the Church of Satan in LaVey’s infamous “black house” in San Francisco, as well as into Mansfield’s Hollywood “pink palace.” We also get to follow LaVey on excursions to his friend Forrest “Famous Monsters of Filmland” Ackerman, to Marilyn Monroe’s grave, to TV studios and back, to Satanic weddings and Zeena’s baptism at the Church of Satan HQ.

These were wild and narcissistic times in America. Few understood the power of media exposure better than Jayne Mansfield and Anton LaVey. Captured alone or together by master paparazzo Fischer, this devilishly handsome couple made headlines that still resonate today. The book contains an introduction by legendary filmmaker Kenneth Anger, and forewords by writer Carl Abrahamsson and collector Alf Wahlgren.


Featured image is reproduced from 'California Infernal: Anton LaVey & Jayne Mansfield.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The Reprobate

David Flint

Fans of 1960s kitsch Satanism and cult movie icons (they don’t come much more iconic than Mansfield) will find this irresistible.

Bookforum

Albert Mobilio

...the images give off a gemutlich, familyalbum vibe despite the nudity, pentagrams, and skulls.

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