To Hell And Back
Halloween Is for Heavy Metal Lovers
Whether you're gore-obsessed or looking to haunt a London dungeon, Halloween belongs to the heshers (also, check out new tunes from Without, Northumbria, Integrity, Druj, and more!).
Meet the Pagans Who Spend Halloween Baking Bread
Pagans in the English town of Glastonbury celebrate Samhain—a festival marking the start of winter—with mead, storytelling, and ancient bread recipes.
Why Apple Bobbing Is Actually a Female Fertility Ritual
Apple-bobbing is more than just a watery Halloween game. Throughout history, it has been the dominion of witches, sex, love, and women—an act of enchantment rather than simple pomaceous fondling.
Bake This Samhain Bread Instead of Eating Halloween Sweets
Samhain is the pagan celebration of the final harvest before winter sets in. And if you're going to harvest, you've got to make your goods into some lovely, fluffy carbs so that you don't get too drunk on mead and sleep through all the partying.
Evil Irish Turnips Were the Original Jack-O'-Lanterns
Before pumpkins, turnips were the spooky lantern vegetable of choice—all because this guy Jack skipped out on his bar bill and messed with the Devil.
We Spoke to a Druid About the Occult History of Apple-Bobbing
The practice of cutting open an apple to reveal that most potent symbol within— that of the pentagram—is still carried on today, particularly at Samhain and Halloween.
Make This Witch-Approved Pumpkin Chicken Soup Tonight
Laurie Cabot, the official witch of Salem, serves this simple chicken soup on Samhain (from a festive pumpkin, no less).
Skeletons in the Closet: An Interview with Glenn Danzig
Ahead of the release of his new covers album, Evil Elvis opens up about longevity, the blues, and Christina Ricci.
The Talking Issue
Here's an interview with a godless pagan in which we discuss Satan's birthday, resurrecting the dead, and drinking the blood of babies.
Rocco Castoro; Photos: Dana Goldstein