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Dancing with the Devil: An Interview With Zach Black

Dancing with the Devil: An Interview With Zach Black

Zach Black is one of the most preeminent Satanists on the internet. Since joining YouTube back in 2009, he has accrued over 50,000 subscribers across his two channels – Satanic International & 30 Hits of Acid Guy.

His raw ‘vlogging’ style has managed to capture the imagination of both internet users and the wider public, in which his talks on Satanism, Drugs, and tales of humerous events & characters have enabled many to gain a glimpse into a world of strange and often un-discussed subject matters.

From posting videos on his time as a Cocaine Dealer, Sushi Chef, and a Limousine Driving Pimp to uploading long lost footage of Anton Lavey (author of the Satanic Bible, founder of the Church of Satan and the religion of LaVeyan Satanism) and discusssions on the intracasies of chemical experiences… As you might imagine, this is not a channel for the wet, politically correct mind but for those who are interested in hearing about matters on the fringe.

However, in late-2009 Zach would move towards mainstream recognition after his 30 Hits of Acid/LSD video went viral. Today, it has managed to attain nearly 7 million views and has become somewhat of a ‘cult classic‘ within the online drug community. Filmed in one take with a Wal-Mart handheld digital camera, Zach would tell of the time that he had been fed an entire dropper of L.S.D by a homeless man (a thank-you gift for leaving a binfull of baked buns unlocked) and his subsequent attempt to get home.

Zach Black, 30 Hits of Acid Video, 2009.

He would go on to gain further notoriety from founding the site Satanic International Network (S.I.N) in 2010. This aimed to grow the Satanic community Zach had established on YouTube and provide a place for Satanists in general to build freindships and discuss their philosophy.

Satanic International Network is a social networking site designed for Satanists and other left hand path practitioners. We do not exclude or favor any one ‘ type ‘ of Satanists or Occultist. Our judgement is based on abilities, intelligence and use of critical thinking skills. Even people of other faiths and philosophies are welcome to participate.

Zach Black, Satanic International Network, About Page.

Members have access to write their own blog, discuss a variety of topics on forums, and read resources from their very own Satanic library. Today it remains one of the most active Satanic platforms on the internet.

Zach’s continual dedication to this community would lead him to appear on Comedy Central’s The Jeselnik Show to discuss his views on Satanism in 2013. During his appearance he would learn about the existence of the Satanic Temple and would subsequently join their ranks and eventually become the head of its Portland chapter.

However, by 2015 Zach would resign from the Satanic Temple due to a disagreement with Adam Parfrey, of Feral House publishing. This confrontation was the result of Parfrey asking Zach to remove a series of links created by and for users of S.I.N for the purpose of accessing PDF files on Satanic literature. Who knew that Satanists would be so caught up on copyright law?

However, as Zach would share with us in our interview together, his decision to resign was due to more than this disagreement. Instead, it was the Satanic Temple‘s focus on using children within their campaign to fight against the culmination of church and state that was more troublesome. After asking Zach, as the head of its Portland chapter, to hand out Satanic coloring books into schools – red flags started to appear.

Zach Black, The Satanic Temple – My Resignation, 2015.

Today, Zach is still working on the Satanic International Network and frequently posts across his various YouTube Channels. He too remains to talk about Satanism and its encompassing philosophies, although to a lesser degree than when he came onto the platform in 2009. Instead, his channel has branched out into other areas and largely focuses on the psychedelic and story components that have remained consistent since he started producing videos.

I still identify myself as a Satanist, as you can see, but I don’t wear my medallion out in the open that often unless there’s a reason to just because it is a limited philosophy… With Satanism you kind of pigeon hole yourself a little bit if you stick to the atheistic aspects of it. Just like people who believe in god and say I know for certain that there is a god , well you really don’t. Exploration of the occult and the left-hand path is about self-improvement through knowledge and yourself, instead of looking to external means…

Zach Black, Mouthing Off Magazine Interview, 2020

To learn more about Zach’s life, philosophy, and thoughts on Art, Music, Film, and culture then make sure to check out our full-50-minute interview with him right here on this article or by heading to our YouTube Channel.

About The Author

Gregory Segal

While humanity has has continuously ventured into the unknown, today we are on the precipice of a new uncertainty. With covid, political unrest, and economic decline we feel that another sinister turn is just round the corner. Although discussion, art, and storytelling won't necesserily create any solutions for this in the short-term it might provide a conduit for productive thought, or at the very least might take our minds off our current reality.

3 Comments

  1. Mavis Eliza

    Great interview Mouthing Off 🙂
    Zach is a friend of mine and I had done an interview with him as well.

    Reply
  2. Justin Jeckt

    I love this. I been following this guy Zach for years. Its nice to see someone finally ask some good questions and let him speak for once. I enjoyed the editing too. i like the news clips and intro. Very well done guys.

    Reply
    • Gregory Segal

      Hey Justin,

      Glad to hear you enjoyed our interview with Zach, he’s a fascinating guy. It was a great experience talking to him. As a fan of his content for many years, it was amazing to get to sit down with him and hear more about his life, philosophy, and though process.

      These videos take a great deal of time to film and edit, so it’s lovely to know that people are enjoying them!

      Reply

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