The Appalachian mountains are ancient. In geological terms, this range of mountains first formed over one billion years ago. As tall as the Rockies at one time, erosion has reduced the Appalachians to the bare bones of a mountain range. The history of the Earth is exposed in the undulating layers of sedimentary rocks, volcanic rocks, and slivers of ancient… Read More »Feral?
I recently read a post on the internet pushing the flawed idea that Satanism is an atheistic religion; therefore the religious beliefs of theistic Satanists are not valid. I respect the individual who made the post, so I will not quote them beyond that embarrassingly broad statement. I’m sure most of you reading this don’t care about the theological debates… Read More »“Devil Worshiper” is a Racist Slur
Behind the thin plastic shell of the Modern idea of Christmas as the “most magical time of the year” (ding-dong! ding-dong!) is a well known trope that Christmas is an appropriation of the Pagan midwinter festivals known as the Yuletide. Winters were especially cruel in Northern Europe during the Middle Ages, and the odds were very grim for a child who got lost in the woods after sundown.
The first Hellfire Club was founded in 1719 at the George and Vulture tavern in the City of London by Philip Wharton a popular and powerful politician, who had inherited considerable wealth and power when he was about the age most people are learning to drive. Both well educated and intelligent, Wharton entered the Irish House of Lords when he… Read More »The Hellfire Club and the Art of Blasphemy
Running from the tip of Florida to the top of Maine, US Route 1 was the first major construction project of the interstate highway system. Begun in the early 20th Century, the original Baltimore-Washington Boulevard was already obsolete within a decade. The increased traffic from military convoys during WWI continued as the University of Maryland moved its undergraduate campus from… Read More »The Haunted Highway: Route 1 and the Legend of the Goatman – Preview
Moral panics are nothing new. Collective anxieties over periods of social instability manifest a primal desire to either propitiate, or punish, whatever is causing the ill fortunes. The Biblical ritual of the Scapegoat placed the sins of the tribe upon a sacrificial animal that was driven into the wilderness. Ironically, in the modern era the scapegoat became a human sacrifice.… Read More »Satanic Panic at the Disco