The Black Flame, the International Forum of the Church of Satan, began in 1989 c.e., during a period when The Cloven Hoof went on hiatus. It was first a quarterly newsletter, but evolved into a bi-annual magazine format (each issue being a double issue, containing what had been two quarters). It quickly became the worlds most widely-distributed Satanic periodical, and has been available on newsstands and by subscription. It is renowned for its review section, Odditorium, which features the most comprehensive listing of Satanic items to be found anywhere.
In recent years, we have produced issues sporadically, with plans to be annual that were not realized. With the continued rise of the Internet as a means for swifter communication with a vast audience, and the return of The Cloven Hoof to bulletin format, we have decided to make a major change.
Issue #16, our “Music & Art Interview Issue,” is the last issue in magazine format. Following that issue, number #17 will begin a journal format in book form, containing long, well-researched articles and essays.
We had initially planned “Altar Egos” for TBF, but we decided it would work better on the Church of Satan official web site. The same will happen with the famed Odditorium. It will move to the web site after the release of issue #16. When we begin accepting reviews from our members for this, it will be announced along with the required format for review submissions.
So, our member authors should note that we will be seeking substantial articles and essays for the new book version of TBF, and we expect these to break new ground by applying Satanic thinking to areas hitherto unexplored. The journal will have no set schedule. It will be released when we have enough material to justify publication.
Our “Music & Art Interview Issue.” To preview one of the interviews therein, click this link. Interviewees include musicians Jimmy Vargas, Peter Mlakar, David E. Williams, artists Trevor Brown, and publisher Adam Parfey also has some intriguing things to say.
Essays cover poets William Blake and Giosue Carducci (click for preview), and the humor section includes a guide to the Science of Insulting, a discussion of Benny Hill, and a piece concerning practical jokes. Plenty more fill out 64 pages of material you will surely enjoy!
Volume 6, numbers 3 & 4 (whole number 15).
The Anton LaVey Memorial Issue, containing many reminiscences by those who were closely associated with Dr. LaVey, rare photos, as well as two articles by him which have never before seen print. This is a special expanded issue (80 pages).
With this issue we moved to whole numbers for each successive issue. The previous numbering system reflected our original quarterly, then bi-annual format.
Volume 4, numbers 3 & 4 (limited supply!)
Features interviews with Anton LaVey (as well as his Desiderata Satanicus and When Guns are Outlawed) and King Diamond, as well as Blanche Bartons Elbow-Patch Commandos, and the usual jam-packed Odditorium.
We are considering our first book format issue. It will feature articles and essays exploring the applications of Satanism, and it will commence our retrospective of some of the best pieces from the earliest issues of The Black Flame.
Volume 4, numbers 3 & 4:
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Issue #17: Journal / book format
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SUBSCRIPTIONS: We are no longer accepting subscriptions.
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