Strangers at the Crossroads

I was in high school when I first read English writer Bruce Chatwin’s 1987 offering The Songlines. The book is many things, a complicated pastiche of a work, traversing territory as broad and varied as the customs of Australian Aborigines, the eccentricities of European expats set up in the Australian Outback, and evolutionary anthropology and [...]

The Greatest Trick the Devil ever Pulled…

Was convincing the world he was all about the groups. Those who have feared Satanism have traditionally focused on the imagined threat of Satanic groups: Satanic covens, gangs, networks with ruthless discipline and tight, authoritarian control, out to do their collective worst. This is the stuff of Illuminati conspiracies and the Satanic Panic of the [...]

When Art Isn’t Just for Art’s Sake: The Uses of an Ugly Aesthetic in Satanism

Confession Satanists tend to be proud sinners, so they probably shouldn’t have much in the way of confessions to make. For the most part, that’s true of me as well, but I do have one small one to get off my chest. I really don’t care for death metal or extreme metal or black metal [...]