Subtitle: A startling new look at the insidious spread of voyeurism in today’s sex-saturated culture!
Author: Judson Riordan
Edition Cited in The Compleat Witch
Publisher: Venice Publishing Corp. City: New York Year: 1967 Pages: 221 Binding: Paperback Size: 7″ x 4.25″
Back Cover Copy
THE VOYEUR… WHO IS HE? WHAT MAKES HIM TICK? IS HE A DANGEROUS SEX CRIMINAL? WHY IS VOYEURISM ON THE INCREASE? ARE THERE WOMEN VOYEURS? WHAT ABOUT HOMOSEXUAL PEEPERS? From the shocking headlines and confidential reports come the almost unbelievable stories of people who go to any extreme to view that which they are not meant to see. From the secret peep-holes to consenting voyeuristic practices, the whole spectrum of this weird and fascinating subject comes to light… WITH SOME OF THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE CASE HISTORIES EVER PUBLISHED!
Table of Contents
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“It is a source of forbidden pleasure to see that which is not permitted to be seen.”
“Openly or secretly, they enjoy seeing anything which they have been taught to believe is indecent.”
“It was better than the burlesque because this was private — it was not a public nudity display and I was watching something forbidden!”
“If the child finds that, simultaneous with the inescapable sex play of children and the inevitable sex urges of physical growth, he is constantly impressed by stern and intolerant parents that sex is unclean and a “filthy” habit; that, if the parents are frenetically and puritanically religious, he will suffer eternal damnation if he indulges in such activity — then the child will grow into maturity as a victim of a severe conflict between his natural sex urges and the moral prohibitions fostered by such parental training. Therefore, the voyeur indulges in a compromise between ignoring sex completely, and actually engaging in sexual intercourse.”
Rev. Byrd’s Book Review
“The Bizarre World of the Peeping Tom” (cited edition) by Judson Riordan is among the rarest titles found in the bibliography. But it’s not impossible to track down, as of this review it seems to range between $60 to $100. Even the author is elusive, the only information I’ve been able to cull on him from the internet being that of only two books, both published in 1967, including “Hypnosis And Sexual Pleasure” and our featured title. Another interesting note is that the book is listed simply as “Peeping Tom” in The Compleat Witch’s bibliography, its cover has the title “The Bizarre World of the Peeping Tom,” while its title page has the title, “Peeping Tom: A Medico-legal Study of the Voyeur.”
The book itself reads like a psychological textbook trapped inside a sleazy paperback novel. Interesting case studies, sound theories for the most part, although some of the views on drugs and homosexuality are painfully dated. The obvious Satanic connection here is in the cultivation of the Law of the Forbidden, particularly with quotes like “It is a source of forbidden pleasure to see that which is not permitted to be seen” and “It was better than the burlesque because this was private — it was not a public nudity display and I was watching something forbidden!”
“Peeping Tom” also has an interesting little bibliography of its own, featuring an assortment of now-vintage psychological sex books, including a couple also found within the bibliography of The Compleat Witch.
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An annotated and illustrated bibliography from Anton Szandor LaVey's "The Compleat Witch, or, What to Do When Virtue Fails".