Taking the Devil Seriously

Republished from June 2014, because posts about Satan always bring the evil little worms out of the woodwork. The reality of the devil was one of the hardest things for me to accept when I returned to the Church. When I made my choice to assent and submit to all the Church teaches, I knew I [Read More...]

Satanist Guilty of Killing Two Women

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As part of what was allegedly a “Satanic suicide pact,” Mark Dobson killed Helen Dorrington (age 52) and Mary Hepburn (32) in May 2012. He cut their throats in a TraveLodge motel in Barrie, Ontario, in a bloody scene marked by Satanic art and dismembered dolls. Dobson tried to plead guilty, but the judge refused because he felt the [Read More...]

The Devil Tempts St. Benedict

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This illumination showed up in my medievalist Twitter feed today and I tracked it back to the so-called Mettener Regel (1414), a manuscript of the rule of Saint Benedict as practiced at the Abbey of Metten. The manuscript is illustrated by moments in the life of St. Benedict. At first, I thought this might be an illustration [Read More...]

A Compilation of My Dark and Ghostly Posts

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My first writing was in the horror genre, contributing to publications like The Horror Show and Cemetery Dance, and writing entries for the encyclopedia Supernatural Fiction Writers. I even worked for George A. Romero’s Laurel Entertainment film and TV production company for a little while. I think there’s value in exploring dark themes, fear, and even revulsion in [Read More...]

North Carolina Satanist Killed and Ate Two Victims

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A North Carolina man named “Pazuzu Algarad” (he changed it to the name of the demon from The Exorcist) has apparently confessed to murdering two men and eating parts of their bodies during Satanic rituals. The men–Joshua Wetzler, age 37, and Tommy Welch, 26–were then buried in his backyard with the help of two women. [Read More...]

Woman Killed As Satanic Sacrifice

Alexandros Papageorgiou, suspect

At this point, there doesn’t appear to be any organized cultic activity in this case from Greece, but it’s still a disturbing story: Greek police have arrested an Athens man accused of brutally killing a woman in a satanic ritual on Orthodox Easter Sunday. The suspect, identified by local media as Alexandros Papageorgiou, 22, confessed [Read More...]

Satan: A Small Skirmish Won, But the Battle Goes On

This has been an interesting week for the devil. Something extremely grave prompted Catholics to action: the proposed desecration of the Eucharist in a Satanic ceremony.  We can’t be naive about this: it goes on with some regularity, although how much no one can say. Satanism is secretive, and they don’t advertise what they do. [Read More...]

Faust Disapproves of Satan: Harvard Pres Responds to Black Mass

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Harvard University President Drew Faust released the following statement today in response to plans for a Black Mass on campus: The reenactment of a ‘black mass’ planned by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School challenges us to reconcile the dedication to free expression at the heart of a university with our commitment [Read More...]


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