In Swallowed by Satan, Joseph Sciambra reveals the inner torments which drove a suburban California boy to become an actor in gay fetish pornographic films. He traces his early adolescent exposure to softcore pornography, then his later descent into the more degenerate world of hardcore. He explains the inherent dangers awaiting those within the seemingly harmless pages of Playboy and Penthouse magazines, and the desensitizing and liberalizing impact this material has on the growing male mind. Once in the hormonal throes of puberty, with a brain already mired in the soup of porn, Joseph begins to question his sexuality and the true meaning of love, desire, and human affection. The popular culture of the day, as well as his faulty and watered-down religious education, offers little guidance or help, but only succeeds in confusing him all the more. Searching for his missing sense of masculinity, at nineteen years of age, Joseph goes to the dance-clubs, bathhouses, and dungeons of San Francisco. Despite the ever lurking presence of AIDS, he jumps into the gay lifestyle and never looks back, until the mouth of hell opens up and begins to suck him in.
Once entrenched within the homosexual subculture, Joseph is willingly seduced, abused, and then abandoned by a descending series of older and increasingly sick men. The security and acceptance that he longed for, incessantly escapes him. Through the porn-fueled sexual fantasies of these wealthy deviants, he is first introduced to the lower echelon of gay-produced porn. As he falls further into degradation, not even the violent scenes of pornography could cover over the pain of loneliness and self-hate. Looking for other phantom ghosts of salvation, Joseph delves into the darkest recesses of the occult, Satanism, and eventually Neo-Nazi ritualism. Every corner that he desperately turns down, results in another dead end. With little left to lose, he begins a life as a sadomasochist master. When the worshiping slobber, from the elderly men who pay him, begins to dry up, he starts his final career as a common street hustler. After being nearly murdered by a client; he ultimately seeks destruction in the nightmarish realm of BDSM. Nearing death, the Lord offers His hand one final time. In fear, Joseph accepts the salvation of Jesus Christ.
During the next few years, Joseph struggles with the latent reverberations stemming from the evils of his former life and the inability to fully perceive the ever-present forgiveness of Christ. He embarks on a hapless quest, that will take him from the forests of Pennsylvania to the medieval monasteries of France, in order to escape the memories of his life in San Francisco and the grotesque pictures which continually flash through his mind. Eventually, he must go back to the sight of his near annihilation and face the horrors of the past. Through the intervention of a kindly and newly ordained Catholic priest, Joseph is finally delivered from the wicked entities which possessed much of his existence. Back in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, Joseph is able to believe in the all forgiving mercy of the Savior, and to bathe within the healing light of God's everlasting presence. But, always, he looks back to the countless innocents who were silently deceived, then slaughtered upon the tottering altar of sexual freedom. For the desolate and confounded, still walking its streets, he wrote this story.