Peter Haining (ed.) - The Satanists (Mayflower, 1971: originally Neville Spearman, 1969)
Peter Haining – Modern Satanism: The Facts
Montague Summers – The Satanic Mass E. F. Benson – The Sanctuary Algernon Blackwood – Ancient Sorceries H. P. Lovecraft – The Festival August Derleth – The Watcher From The Sky Dennis Wheatley – The Black Magician (extract from “The Satanist”) Aleister Crowley – The Initiation Margaret Irwin – The Book Cleve Cartmill – No News Today Robert Bloch – Spawn Of The Dark One (AKA Sweet Sixteen)
Black Magic Battle In The Church (short article from The Sun)
Bloch's biker classic is the standout for this reader. Haining’s essay is disappointingly sober in comparison to mighty A. V. Sellwood collaboration, Devil Worship In Britain (Corgi, 1964).
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.