Alex Mar

4 articles

Blood Ties

On claiming the conquistador Juan Ponce de León as an ancestor and the fictions we tell ourselves.


Satan in Poughkeepsie

In 1966, Anton LaVey introduced the world to the Church of Satan. The 1980s saw a “Satanic Panic” in the form of abuse charges brought against child-care workers and suburban parents. Today, the author joins a group of Satanists for afternoon tea at the church’s global headquarters in a “bland New York college town.”


Excarnation in Texas

Meet the people decomposing on a body farm.


The Secret Life of Nuns

What prompts a woman to exit society and marry God? Inside a modern convent in Texas.