The Pirate Women Who Made Blackbeard Look Like a Joke
A new book reveals the untold history of the ruthless female pirates who terrorized the seven seas.
How 30 Years in Hollywood Made Me a Good Boss
A veteran movie professional’s new book offers practical tips from a lifetime of working behind-the-scenes.
Krampus Is the Fucked-Up Santa America Deserves This Year
We talked to Al Ridenour, the author of 'The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil,' about the goat-hoofed punisher of misbehaving children.
Why the Friendships You Make in Prison Should Stay Behind Bars
In federal prison, you form friendships with gang members, violent men, and a whole slew of drug dealers and users of every variety. What happens after that is sensitive.
How Prisoners Exaggerate and Bullshit About What They'll Do On the Outside
"Inmates tend to have many fruitless conversations. The average, hour-long prison conversation is like this: I lie for 20 minutes, you lie for 20 minutes, and for 20 minutes we discuss each other lies."
What It’s Like to Form a Band in Prison
It's rare to find the equipment and playing partners you need to make music behind bars, but a rock trio called the Institution managed it.
The Crown and Sceptre Issue
Why America Is Obsessed with Serial Killers
From <i>Psycho</i> and <i>In Cold Blood</i> to Charles Manson and the Nazis, mankind just can't stop going wild over gruesome, unthinkable murder.
The Prison Issue
Slammer Slang: The A-to-Z of Prison Lingo
A primer on the distinct vocabulary of prison slang to help you out if you ever find yourself a member of the convict class.
I Got Locked Up for 21 Years for Selling LSD
VICE contributor Seth Ferranti explains how the DEA's early-90s crackdown on LSD landed him behind bars for the first two decades of his adult life.
Heroin Overdose Treatments in American Prisons Are Dangerously Old-Fashioned
As heroin use surges among the general public, the drug has become a mainstay in the prison system, where the common overdose treatment Naloxone is still hard to come by.
The Drugs Issue
In the netherworld of corruption and violence, convicts live for drama.
The Music Issue
Here in the belly of the beast, life is either totally chaotic or so monotonous that you can feel each second slip by.