Another stupid fear-mongering cover from Time magazine (1972)


51 Responses to “Another stupid fear-mongering cover from Time magazine (1972)”

  1. Takuan says:

    sure “Beelzebuddy”, yer not involved.

  2. Jeff says:

    Revival? I didn’t know it (the occult)had faded from popularity. I’m so behind the times.

  3. noen says:

    Membership in the Golden Dawn was pretty exclusively held among the European aristocracy. I’d say that the deeper message here is to the middle class: “Occultism is not for you, it is reserved for us.”

    The same is true for pedophilia.

  4. jennyhart says:

    Now I have! Year of my birth! Let’s see, there’s some nice chain stitching, stem stitching, double devil beast knots…

  5. Sundog says:

    It’s got a very Tron vibe to it – perhaps a rejected costume design for a Daemon?

  6. Daemon says:

    Hail Satin!

  7. Fitz says:

    Not to be a Debbie-Downer on your Time bashing but the piece that cover was associated with wasn’t really a scare piece. You can read it at,9171,877779,00.html

  8. codesuidae says:

    I blame this on all the atheists. They’re all devil worshipers don’tcha know.

  9. Cowicide says:


    The child in the 2nd photo is fake, but the coke in the 1st photo is real. Very real. You can tell by the granules and seeing a lot of granules in my time.


    Huh, so Satan delivered 17 assists for 2008. I never knew he was such a team player. The goatee is a nice touch.

  10. Teller says:

    There is probably no Satan.

  11. Chelvis says:

    You think that’s scary, I remember seeing THIS cover of TIME when I was a kid, and was HORRIFIED!

  12. Takuan says:

    I miss Satan’s sweet, sweet cocaine.

  13. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Fitz@18: “Not to be a Debbie-Downer on your Time bashing but the piece that cover was associated with wasn’t really a scare piece.”

    You are actually an Ulgine-Upper because you’ve proven my point. Time runs a scary cover, but there’s no scary reality behind it.

  14. ill lich says:


    Aren’t orgies just another form of “potluck”? You never know what you’re gonna get.

  15. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Gawd, remember the Time kiddie porn cover, with the little kid with his mouth in the shape of a blow-up doll? Really classy.

    I’d take Satan any ol’ day.

  16. Beelzebuddy says:

    Of all the songs I’ve heard which use the word “Satan” more than fifteen times per minute, this is undoubtedly the best:

    Fangbaby – Blueberry SATAN

    CC-NC license, btw, so if you like it go nuts.

  17. Halloween Jack says:

    My impression of 70s Satanism is that it was mostly people that wanted a church that was more into orgies than potlucks.

  18. StRevAlex says:

    A forgotten character from Alejandro Jorodowsky’s “The Holy Mountain” perhaps?

  19. jokrausdu says:

    Satan has a devious goal! Well, he did have a goal a couple of days ago for the Pittsburgh Penguins…

  20. timmccready says:

    I’m doing a Satanic Panic movie night in Toronto this Wednesday at the Drake Hotel. Here’s a link to a trailer I made.

  21. eustace says:

    Most people have forgotten the story behind this article by now, especially since some effort was made to cover it up later. The mass conversions of former Flower Children, Yippies, etc. to the Armies of His Satanic Majesty culminated in a pitched battle not far outside Baltimore in May 1976. Although conventional forces managed to surround the Satanic Legion, they were stymied by swarms of imps and minor demons summoned by the increasingly sophisticated High Priests. Robert Anton Wilson was brought in to negotiate – his solution was adopted, and the Legions of Satan left our plane of existence forever, choosing instead to overrun and conquer the somewhat less-well-defended Plane of Unicorns, Kittens, and Puppies.

  22. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Okay, that Cyberporn cover is obviously intended to terrify pedophiles, not parents and children. Can you imagine surfing a porn site and seeing that big-headed, tiny-fingered, devil doll pseudo-child? That would rid you not just of pedophilia, but the ability to sleep and the will to live.

  23. Takuan says:

    seitan is wonderful if you put some bacon in it.

  24. tacokills says:

    jere7my@46: Cheers jere7my; you’re a diamond.

  25. Art says:


    I say, “Bring back the old-school demons”.

  26. Gareth Branwyn says:

    I’m still waiting for the Occult Revival.

  27. mgfarrelly says:

    Clearly your mockery of those exposing the threat of satanists means you are simply part of the conspiracy.

    Yes, this hat is made of tin-foil. To keep out the rays, that’s why. Stop asking me silly questions you satanist!

  28. Ceronomus says:

    There are several interesting true crime books that cover some of the criminal activities of some of the smaller Satanic groups in the 70′s. Was most of this whole thing hype? Yes. Was it all hype? Nope. The folks that were the target of criminal investigations were part of the more hedonist than Satanist “Church of Satan”, there were (and probably still are) some really scary people out there.

    Whipping things up into a witch hunt frenzy certainly isn’t helpful, I mean, by comparison there are probably more “Pro-Anna” people out there than uber scary Satanists…but I’d be far more interested in reading about the Satanists.

  29. wolfiesma says:

    I recently looked up the tenets of Satanism, as written by Anton leVey, and strangely, they sounded relatively reasonable. All the vengeance stuff is a little much, but really, it’s just the opposite of turn the other cheek, and neither one of those extremes sounds very balanced to me, so anyway, see for yourself:

  30. noen says:

    If it wasn’t for the fear mongering of Satanic cults, pedophiles and terrorists how else would our masters control us?

  31. zuzu says:

    Forbid your children from playing Dungeons & Dragons too! :p

  32. Art says:


    The Church of Satan accepts PayPal.
    Is this internet thing great or what?

  33. Cowicide says:

    Could it be???…………………


  34. urshrew says:

    My character died! I’m going to go kill myself!

  35. Takuan says:

    I miss Satan.

  36. tacokills says:

    I though yakult was good for you.

  37. rasz says:

    looks like something Bush senior would wear at Bohemian Grove

  38. Takuan says:

    yep, that’s my shirt

  39. Brainspore says:

    That cover is actually a puff piece about the late ’60s rock band “Occult Revival” reuniting with their lead singer Satan Fogerty.

  40. Teapunk says:

    @9: for all we know, this might even be Bush Senior wearing the hood at whereever.
    Satanists usually have their comeback in summer in Germany, when all the politicians are on their vacations and nothing much else happens, apart from exiting news about the weather.

  41. jere7my says:

    Tacokills@45: No, it’s occult, Vince.

  42. Fitz says:

    If you want an interesting look at the early years of the Church of Satan, including a brief discussion of the Time article see Dr. Michael Aquino’s _The Church of Satan_ memoir at

  43. harpdevil says:

    1972: embroidered hood
    2009: snuggies

  44. buddy66 says:

    Satanism might have seemed silly in the 1970s, but that soon changed. I suppose I could look up how many people went to prison in the 80s on convictions resulting from charges of Satanic ritual child abuse, and how many died there, or are still there…

    But it would be too enraging, and subsequently too depressing. It was an evil time, and evil in the name of virtue flourished.

  45. Gregggelz says:

    Is there some funky 70′s photo-magic going on with the eyes? I mean, THE EYES!!!!!

  46. Takuan says:

    only in Japan

  47. Beelzebuddy says:

    @38: I am not involved in the church myself, but AFAIK LaVeyan Satanism is essentially enlightened atheism. “You are your own god. Go wild.” The satanic trappings are largely there to piss off the fundies.

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