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Satan's Sex BookReview - Satan's Sex Book
by Rolf & Balance
Priaprism Press, 2002
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Jun 26th 2002 (Volume 6, Issue 26)

The idea behind this adult graphic novel is that demons are attempting to take over the world through the power of an ancient book created by Satan.  This plot device enables a collection of fantastic encounters to take place in one apartment.  The first story involves a woman attacked by tiny green monsters (fire pixies) with massive penises.  She manages to escape them, only after they have had their way with her.  She then discovers that her boyfriend has turned himself into a stone statue – fully equipped – and they have sex.  But then he fades away, because the magic he used was too strong for him.  Other stories involve a magic garden where the plants are penis-shaped; they enslave a friend who visits the apartment with her boyfriend.  She disappears into this garden when she goes through the bathroom door.  But when the boyfriend checks the bathroom, he decides to take a bath, and is attacked by insatiable underwater women.  He too manages to escape, but not for long.  It turns out that the sex book wants his semen, and that if he ejaculates into its human face, the world will be given over to fornication. 

            Clearly, this is no great work of fiction, but rather is an excuse to depict a great many bizarre sexual acts between humans and mythical creatures.  The artwork is crude but vigorous and colorful, and the idea of the man who is being forced to have sex but cannot allow himself to climax if he does not want the gates of hell to open is pretty funny.  Psychologically, the story is pretty lightweight, but then it never pretends to be more than it is.  Graphic novels have the opportunity to explore sexual fantasy, and Satan’s Sex Book certainly contains some unusual images, which are its strongest features.  Although the book seems mainly aimed at a male readership, playing to standard themes of female sexual desire, using very ordinary models of female attractiveness, it does contain some elements that are unusual and may be worth remarking on.  The plant-penises especially embody a conception of the phallus as non-human, not the expression of an iron-hard male will, but rather as part of nature.  Even though it’s not a theme that’s developed in the story, it is at least an example of how the creators of the book, Rolf & Balance, explore non-traditional approaches to depicting sexuality.  Satan’s Sex Book is an interesting curiosity. 

 

Link: Publisher’s web page for book

© 2002 Christian Perring. First Serial Rights.

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island. He is editor of Metapsychology Online Review. His main research is on philosophical issues in psychiatry. He is especially interested in exploring how philosophers can play a greater role in public life, and he is keen to help foster communication between philosophers, mental health professionals, and the general public.


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