With Beard of the Week returning after a long absence, it’s fitting that it should be as part of our coverage of World Goth Day….except it’s not really. Everyone know tr00 Goths can’t grow beards!
No, instead we’ve gone for someone who Goths bloody well hate being associated with. “Urr…huh huh….do you, like, worship Satan?” is probably a question every teenage goth has had to roll their eyes up at a bus stop interrogation at some point during their lives. And it’s because of this gross misunderstanding of their subgenre, that we’ve decided to award our (non) Gothic Beard of the Week to the late founder and high priest of the Church of Satan: Anton Szandor Lavey.
Anton Szandor LaVey wasn’t (he’s dead now) a Goth. Goths hate being called Satanists. Ergo: he’s our Gothic Beard of the Week. It’s got that creepy, Ming-the-Merciless vibe that you know he cultivated on purpose. LaVey’s position as an egomaniacal shit-stirrer of unrivaled proportions rattled parents, churchgoers and moralists across the USA from the moment he created the Church of Satan on April 30, 1966, right up to his death on October 29, 1997. The Satanic Bible, first published in 1969, remains a touchstone for teenager rebellion. It’s what caught the eye of one Marilyn Manson, whom LaVey would later confirm as a Reverend of the Church of Satan, a favour Manson would repay by writing the foreword to LaVey’s final (and posthumously-published) book, Satan Speaks!
He also managed to irk a lot of folks by claiming to have boffed Marilyn Monroe when she worked as an “exotic dancer”. Go on, son!
Anton Szandor Lavey interviewed in the late 60s….nice cape: