Featured Interview With Marvin “Knife” Sotelo
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in East Los Angeles with so many pets I can’t even name em, I have been spending most of my time in Baldwin Park. The culture of Voodoo and HooDoo opened the door to what later became an interest in Satanism. I learned so much from those wonderful people in the “Maravilla” area, which has seen suffering on a huge scale. East Los Angeles is rampant with gang activity.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have always had a “need” to write; just scribble thoughts, ideas or impressions. I began writing short articles for underground periodicals in the 90s……without much ado. After I became an Ambassador in our church, I began writing short ‘snippets’ for new members to explain the basics of Satanism. The High Priest suggested I share my information on a larger scale and “one thing led to another”.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Michael “The Mad Poet” Margolin was a trailblazing “Searcher” who opened the door of magick to reveal the secrets that had not been, even whispered in the confines of a closet. I have read his poetry and other surviving manuscripts countless times. Margolin’s “The Book of the Goat” is hailed as his best work even though there are other great titles. I respect Aleister Crowley and appreciate his contribution to the Occult, as well as Anton Szandor LaVey who gave the world a guided tour of his new Satanism complete with celebrities, wild animals, rituals, scandals and sex. He was a pioneer who paved the way for writers like myself to be accepted in mainstream society.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The Condensed Satanic Bible focuses on specific elements of my Satanic belief and magickal practice. I wanted to limit the scope of the book so readers could easily research the desired elements without reading 500+ pages of material. The idea is to make a series of reference guides for easy use.
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