Satanic Story Time – Episode 41 – “The Black Cat” with Special Guest Witch Zaftig


41-the-black-catIt's a Halloween hootenanny here at Satanic Story Time! Now available for AndroidGoogle PlayiTunes, and  Satanic Story Time presents episode 41 – "The Black Cat" with special guest, Witch Zaftig.

The Devil’s Tuning Fork:  For this installment of The Devil’s Tuning Fork, we have the following tracks for your listening pleasure: “Chelsea Rodgers” from Prince’s album: Planet Earth, “Thieves in the Temple” from from Prince’s 1990 album, Graffiti Bridge, “Death Walks Behind You” from Atomic Rooster’s 1970 album, Death Walks Behind You and “Witches’ Dance” from Mercyful Fate’s 1994 album, Time which was released in 1994.

The Devil’s Workshop: ‘The Black Cat’ was written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in the August 19, 1843 edition of The Saturday Evening Post. It is a study of the psychology of guilt, often paired in analysis with Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. In both stories, a murderer carefully conceals his crime and believes himself to be unassailable of the crime. But, our protagonist eventually breaks down and reveals himself, compelled by a nagging reminder of guilt. This version of ‘The Black Cat’ is narrated by the late Christopher Lee. It’s recording is from Christopher Lee’s Fireside Tales which originally aired on December 30th 2004 via BBC Radio 2. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was an English actor, singer, and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films.

The Midnight Hour: Gyps Fulvus brings us a double feature for this episode of The Midnight Hour! The first story is entitled, “Ghost Light Road”. It’s an urban ghost story about a couple coming back from Texas to their home. The GPS takes them down an old country road which just happens to be not only abandoned and desolate, but completely remote and blacker than sewage filth. The couple continue in good cheer until they are met by a certain apparition who is apparently still searching for his wife. Will the couple meet the white light that haunts them on the country road, or will they move on to brighter days? Only you will know by listening to the tale of “Ghost Light Road”.

The second story is called, “There is a Reaper”, by Charles V. de Vet.  It’s a chilling tale about a man who, having been told by his doctors that he has one month to live, wants to know what happens after death.  The only way to find out, he realizes, is to ask a dead person.  Little does he know, however, what exactly is about to unfold from this. Lo, but see for yourself, as Gyps Fulvus tells the tale of “There is a Reaper”.

The Devil is in the Details: It gives me great pleasure to introduce this installment of The Devil is in the Details. As most of you know, on the 23rd of September, I created a post which opened a floodgate of questions pertaining to the origins of All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Halloween, and greater magic. Here to answer these questions and others from an analytical standpoint is none other than the Church of Satan’s Witch Zaftig. During our conversation, I bombarded her with a series of questions from the listeners ranging from candy corn to costumes and from Satanism to sleep studies. That’s right folks, it’s a Halloween hootenanny with Witch Zaftig and Gyps Fulvus here on Satanic Story Time!

- Citizen Aaron Mantle

Satanic Story Time - Episode 41 - Witch Zaftig on All Hallows Eve and Greater Magic


october-samhain-episode-41-announcementCoS Witch Zaftig has agreed to join us for the upcoming October/ Samhain episode. Topics of discussion will be the origin of All Hallows Eve and Greater Magic. If you have specific questions regarding these topics, post them here. Questions will be read and answered during the episode.

If you have questions for CoS Witch Zaftig's appearance on Satanic Story Time's upcoming October/ Samhain episode, follow this link:

Satanic Story Time – Episode 40 – “Black Widow” with Special Guest Bill Butler


40-black-widow-v2Now available for AndroidGoogle PlayiTunes, and  Satanic Story Time presents episode 40 – "Black Widow" with special guest: the arachnid expert – Bill Butler.

The Devil’s Tuning Fork:  For this installment of The Devil’s Tuning Fork, we have the following tracks for your listening pleasure: “Lullaby” from The Cure’s album: Disintegration, “Spider Dance” from the Undertale Soundtrack, “The Spider’s Lullabye” and “Room 17” from King Diamond’s album: The Spider’s Lullabye, “Welcome to My Nightmare” / “The Black Widow” from Alice Cooper’s album, Welcome to My Nightmare with Vincent Price starring as “The Curator”.

The Devil’s Workshop: Our featured story is brought to you from E.G. Marshall and the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. It serves as CBS Radio Mystery Theater’s 265th episode and is entitled, “Black Widow”. The widow of a union worker enlists the help of a witch to get rid of the man who murdered her husband. The witch deploys poisonous black widow spiders to achieve her end. Jason Beck, Robert Dryden, Hetty Galen, Evie Juster, Dan Ocko, and Bob Juhren starred in this unmissable episode.

The Midnight Hour: For his third installment of The Midnight Hour, Gyps Fulvus brings us his version of “The Demon Spell”, originally written by Hume Nisbet.

The Devil is in the Details: I recently sat down with arachnid expert, Bill Butler. During the course of our conversation we talked about his life accomplishments, occupations, hobbies, Satanism, wacky times, motorcycles, memorable moments, pets (especially spiders), Halloween, and aesthetics. Join me as I speak with a friend to spiders, Bill Butler. Bill's artwork and downloads from the COS website can be found here.

- Citizen Aaron Mantle

Satanic Story Time – Episode 39 – “August Heat” with Special Guest Christopher D. Little

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39 August Heat v2Now available for AndroidGoogle PlayiTunes, and  Satanic Story Time presents episode 39 – "August Heat" from Suspense.

The Devil’s Tuning Fork:  For this installment of The Devil’s Tuning Fork, we have the following tracks for your listening pleasure: “White Heat, Red Hot” from Judas Priest’s Stained Class album, “Advent” from Opeth’s second studio album, Morningrise, “Fire” from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s self-titled album, and “Hot Rockin” from Judas Priest’s eighth album, Point of Entry.

The Devil’s Workshop: “August Heat” was written by W.F. Harvey and published by J.M. Dent in 1910. It originally appeared in Midnight House and Other Tales. It’s about two men, unknown to each other, whose glimpses of the other’s possible future suggest that one of them will be murdered and the other will be the murderer. It is often referred to as a ghost story (it appears in The Folio Society’s Book of Ghost Stories, for example, and in Edward Gorey’s ghost story collection The Haunted Looking Glass) even though no ghosts feature.

The Midnight Hour: Gyps Fulvus brings us his second episode of The Midnight Hour entitled, “The White Lady”.

The Devil is in the Details: I recently sat down with Christopher D. Little and had the opportunity to interview him on such topics as Satanism, hobbies, profession, favorite foods, pets, favorite places to visit, and the featured story, “August Heat”.

- Citizen Aaron Mantle

Satanic Story Time – Episode 38 – “The Book of Ixin” with Special Guest Gyps Fulvus

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38 Satanic Story Time Presents Satanic Radio TheatreNow available for AndroidGoogle PlayiTunes, and  Satanic Story Time presents episode 38 – "The Book of Ixin", written by Citizen Horror and performed by The Satanic Players Society.

The Devil’s Tuning Fork: “The Book of Ixin” was written by Citizen Horror in 2015. Citizen Horror was gracious enough to lend us his story for the diabolical purposes of Satanic Story Time’s 38th episode. I’m joined by the nefarious Vulture, Gyps Fulvus! Gyps Fulvus’ latest solo album is entitled The Lich. The Lich is a continuous, concept album and was produced on April 30th 2016, on Walpurgisnacht, and the Church of Satan’s 50th anniversary. From his 2015 album, Reflections, Revelations, and Roads Less Taken, disk 2, In Tenebris Lumen, Gyps has agreed to share with us one of the tracks with your host on vocals, entitled, “Dawn of a New Day”, quite befitting for Independence Day. Also included in this episode’s edition of The Devil’s Tuning Fork are the following tracks: King Diamond’s “The 7th Day of July 1777” from his second album, Abigail, which was released on February 24th 1987 through Roadrunner. Gazing up at us through their crystal ball, we have Iron Maiden’s “The Clairvoyant” from their seventh album, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son which was released on April 11th 1988 through EMI.

The Devil’s Workshop:  As promised earlier, I am pleased to present to you a fantastic story of demonic possession. Its title is “The Book of Ixin” and was written by Citizen Horror in 2015. The Satanic Players Society deliver his story in sinister style with all the bells and whistles. The Satanic Players Society unleash a full arsenal of soundscapes and sound effects that serve to articulate his story in a way that truly embellishes Citizen Horror’s ominous tone of horror. For more episodes from The Satanic Players Society, please visit their official webpage at:

The Midnight Hour:  Gyps Fulvus brings a new segment to Satanic Story Time called, The Midnight Hour. Gyps’ debut episode is entitled, “The Initiation”.

The Devil is in the Details:   Gyps and I talked about his new segment on Satanic Story Time, The Midnight Hour. His debut episode is entitled “The Initiation”. “The Initiation” is a short, urban, horror story. We also discussed his most recent album, The Lich, and finally, the significance of “the midnight hour” in regard to Satanic magic.

- Citizen Aaron Mantle

Satanic Story Time – Episode 37 – “Marionettes, Inc.” with Special Guest Rachael Mantle

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37 Marionettes, Inc.Now available for AndroidGoogle PlayiTunes, and  Satanic Story Time presents episode 37 – "Marionettes, Inc.", from Dimension X.

The Devil’s Tuning Fork: A series of events has led me to the coincidental choosing of these particular tracks. I have selected “Symphony of Destruction” from Megadeth’s fifth album, Countdown to Extinction, which was released on July 6, 1992 through Capitol Records. Also on the track listing for this episode is AC/DC’s “TNT” from their second album, TNT, with the late Bon Scott which was released only in Australia on December 1, 1975. Last but not least on the lineup for “The Devil’s Tuning Fork” for episode 37 is King Diamond’s “The Puppet Master” from his 11th solo album, The Puppet Master, which was released on October 21, 2003.

The Devil’s Workshop:  Keeping with the theme of this episode, I have selected an old time horror radio show for you entitled, “Marionettes, Inc."

The radio adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Marionettes, Inc.” was originally presented by Dimension X. Dimension X was an NBC radio program broadcast on an unsponsored, sustaining basis from April 8, 1950, to September 29, 1951. The first 13 episodes were broadcast live, and the remainder were pre-recorded. Fred Wiehe and Edward King were the directors. Norman Rose was heard as both announcer and narrator. “Marionettes, Inc.” was first heard on Dimension X and NBC radio on August 30, 1951 and was adapted for radio by George Lefferts. It served as Dimension X’ 46th episode.

The story itself was written by Ray Bradbury and first appeared in Startling Stories in March of 1949. It was later published in a collection of his short stories, The Illustrated Man. The story presents a conflict between man and machine and depicts human dependence on technology. Smith and Braling, both men of middle age, find themselves trapped in their marriages. Braling (whose wife is nervous and authoritarian) and Smith (whose wife is too dependent and constantly demands his presence and affection) both long for personal freedom. However, both characters fear the uncertainty of change and the possible consequences of their selfish desires, and thus endure their situation.

Smith learns about "marionettes", exact robotic duplicates produced by Marionettes, Inc. The manufacturer, whose motto is "No Strings Attached", markets the marionettes as temporary replacements for the customer. Braling reveals to Smith that he has been using a marionette to fulfill his obligations as a husband while he pursues his personal interests. His wife is completely unaware of the duplication, and he plans to visit Rio de Janeiro while his marionette is replacing him at home. Braling shows off his marionette to Smith. Smith, fascinated by this solution, decides to buy his own marionette to escape his domestic prison.

The story ends in the bedroom with Braling kissing Mrs. Braling, but Bradbury skillfully uses pronouns to make it unclear whether Braling is really Braling or his marionette duplicate. The reader's interpretation could indicate either that the duplicate has disposed of his former master, or that Braling has won out and subsequently found new appreciation for his wife.

- Citizen Aaron Mantle

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