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Christian prayer hotlines are common in the United States. Less common are prayer hotlines for the other guy. Since 2012 the Satanic Missionary Society in Olympia, Washington manages a Satanic prayer line on their blog and receive prayer requests from people all over the country. They ask for help with things like miscarriage, a romantic affair with a mother-in-law, a successful rap career, and more.

Among those callers was Tyler Higgins, a young man from New England asking for Satanic prayers to get into The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (aka. AMDA), his dream acting school. But Tyler was raised a Seventh Day Adventist. And his whole life, his pastors and parents told him that all popular actors sold their souls to Satan in exchange for fame and success. With that in mind, Tyler researched Satanism online and found the Satanic Missionary Society and their prayer line. Desperate to follow his dream of acting, Tyler called and asks for Satan's help to get into AMDA. A few weeks later, his devout Christian parents stumbled upon email exchanges between Tyler and the Satanic mission. They call the pastor over immediately to perform an exorcism.

The Satanic Prayer Hotline was started by a man who calls himself "The Anti-Chris" in Olympia, Washington. It is no longer active, but you can still hear the entire archive of prayer requests. And if you're feeling frisky, you can purchase a one-of-a-kind Faustian Bargain kit, including tools and instructions on how to sell your soul to the Prince of Darkness himself.

Special thanks to The Anti-Chris, Ashlee the Blind Satanist and Lillith Starr for their help on this episode.

This episode was produced by Bethany Denton with editing help from Jeff Emtman. Our editor at KCRW is Nick White.

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Pandæmonium, the capitol of hell in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost.  Pandæmonium, by John Martin, 1841.  Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Pandæmonium, the capitol of hell in John Milton's epic poem 'Paradise Lost.' 'Pandæmonium,' by John Martin, 1841. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

A tri-mouthed devil eating people from Bibliotheca Gymnasii Altonani, 14th century. Artist unknown. Courtesy Vintage Printable.
A tri-mouthed devil eating people from 'Bibliotheca Gymnasii Altonani,' 14th century. Artist unknown. Courtesy Vintage Printable.

Illustration from the illuminated manuscript entitled Hours of Catherine of Cleves, by he Master of Catherine of Cleves, circa 1440. Courtesy of Vintage Printable.
Illustration from the illuminated manuscript entitled 'Hours of Catherine of Cleves,' by he Master of Catherine of Cleves, circa 1440. Courtesy of Vintage Printable.

Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council, John Martin, circa 1825.  Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
'Satan Presiding at the Infernal Council,' John Martin, circa 1825. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Pensive Satan is pensive.  Lucifer by Franz Stuck, 1890.  Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Pensive Satan is pensive. 'Lucifer' by Franz Stuck, 1890. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Illustration from Paradise Lost, an epic poem by John Milton.  Depiction of Satan, by Gustave Doré, circa 1866.  Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Illustration from 'Paradise Lost,' an epic poem by John Milton. 'Depiction of Satan,' by Gustave Doré, circa 1866. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Illustration from Paradise Lost, an epic poem by John Milton.  Lucifer’s Fall from Heaven, by Gustave Doré, circa 1866.  Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Illustration from 'Paradise Lost,' an epic poem by John Milton. 'Lucifer’s Fall from Heaven,' by Gustave Doré, circa 1866. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Satan before The Lord, Corrado Giaquinto, circa 1750.  Courtesy Vintage Printable.
'Satan before The Lord,' Corrado Giaquinto, circa 1750. Courtesy Vintage Printable.

Nude men pushing boulders up a hill in hell.  From an illustrated edition of Dante's Inferno.   The hoarders and wasters, 1857 by  Gustave Doré.  Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Nude men pushing boulders up a hill in hell. From an illustrated edition of 'Dante's Inferno.' 'The hoarders and wasters,' 1857 by Gustave Doré. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Bethany Denton

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