Emma Cline's debut novel The Girls explores the phenomenon of young women opting out of society and into cult-like groups such as the Manson Family.
After being banished from Salt Lake City's polygamist Mormon group the Kingston Clan, Joe Robinson tries to build a new life for himself with the help of former clan members.
Read an excerpt from Cline's mesmerizing debut novel about about teenage girls in a free love commune cult in 1969.
Satanism is basically atheism but with a pinch of devil worship. We asked a satanic reverend to explain why it's more than just teenage angst.
Who are the monsters who control the substances we need to live? What do they do behind closed doors?
This short film contains some of the few audio recordings of Charles Manson since he's been incarcerated. It features the psychedelic art of Leah Shore and voice of Manson parsing everything from God to suicide.
Bernard Poolman tried to fashion himself as the next L. Ron Hubbard and failed gloriously.
The man who put one of the most notorious figures of the 20th century behind bars passed away this weekend at the age of 80.
You'd think that an organization with so much money would have a better PR strategy than throwing out a few Google ads and making a combative Twitter account, but you'd be wrong.
Mark "Marty" Rathbun is a key subject of Alex Gibney's new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. We discuss his Scientology past, auditing, and the harassment techniques allegedly used by the church.
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, by AI specialist Eliezer Yudkowsky, has commanded a sprawling, cult-like international fan base thanks to its message of rational thinking.
Thousands of followers have moved from all over the world to Edmonton to sit silently for hours and stare into John de Ruiter's eyes.
I never felt quite like my family and I belonged in our Mormon community until we met a man who claimed he was ushering in the end of the world, and that we could help him.
MSG: The Messenger of God is a Bollywood film that critics claim is trying to proselytize on behalf of a bizarre and controversial religious sect.
Ian Haworth, an ex-cult member, has been running the Cult Information Center since 1987. I caught up with him recently to get an insight into how a modern day cult operates.
As many Mexicans feel removed from their political and religious leaders, the country has seen an increase in modern religious cults. Santa Muerte is the patron saint of criminals, prostitutes, drug addicts, and all those overlooked by society.
"I remember a guy who said, 'My brother works in the Iranian embassy in London. Before I loved him as my brother, now I hate him as my enemy. I am ready to kill him tomorrow, if necessary.' And everyone applauded."
The Children of God were essentially a communist cult with an "old world" idea of Christianity that recruited new members by fucking them. They still exist today under the moniker Family International.
After photographing a bunch of religious cultists in the Angeles Mountains in 1987 I made friends with one of the witches, who claimed to have known me in a previous life.
Be Here Nowish had a soft launch last month and now emerges in its entirety, picking up where the main characters—fuck-ups in their own rights—left off, finding themselves in Los Angeles among a group of freaky devotees of a guru played by Kyp Malo…
Pope Francis says he would happily baptize aliens. But would extraterrestrials ever want to be Catholic? A leader in the Raëlian movement told me that when the aliens finally come, "the Pope will have to acknowledge that they are the gods he has been pray…
"If I were a little more ambitious, I'd figure out how to reinvent myself as a cult leader. I don't want to be a cult leader, and I don't think I'd be a very good one, either. But if things had gone exceptionally wrong in my childhood and I were a little
He was constantly asked whether he was related to Prince Philip, learned that when Philip comes to the island all the fines for adultery will be abolished, and ended up influencing their mythology.
Members of the Little Pebble Dohsyuku-kai gather in a cluttered space each morning and await secret messages from the Virgin Mary. Afterward, Jean-Marie lubes up a woman's belly and pussy with yogurt and has sex with her at an altar as the other members l…