The Black Flame, the International Forum of the Church of Satan, began in 1989 c.e., during a period when The Cloven Hoof went on hiatus. It was first a quarterly newsletter, but evolved into a bi-annual magazine format (each issue being a “double issue,” containing what had been two quarters). It quickly became the world’s most widely-distributed Satanic periodical, and had been globally available on newsstands and by subscription. It was renowned for its review section, “Odditorium,” which featured the most comprehensive listing of Satanic items to be found anywhere.
Towards the end of its run, we produced issues sporadically. Issue #16, our “Music & Art Interview Issue, was the last issue in magazine format. With the rise of the Internet and the death of distributors for small press magazines—the demise of TOWER RECORDS proved to be a death knell—we ended our print run.
We had considered evolving The Black Flame to be part of our web site, but, due to the current cultural trends which eschew reading more than a few sentences at a time, we see no reason to continue with such efforts. We reserve the right to reshape The Black Flame in a different format as modes of behavior and communication evolve.
We are no longer selling back issues.
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