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Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980


For people too young to remember the 1980s, it's hard to imagine the all-encompassing fear that gripped society, a fear that Satanists were luring children and teenagers into depraved devil-worshipping cults. Yet the Satanic panic permeated mass media and thus most of British society. This important book is a collection of twenty essays and interviews examining all aspects of the phenomenon:  heavy metal music; role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons; horror cinema; straight-to-VHS 'video nasties;' fsnuff movies; even childrens' TV cartoons. It examines specific instances of the panic: the McMartin childrens' day care home scandal in the US, and the 'witch-hunt' against occultist musician-artist Genesis P. Orridge in the UK. This is an important book on a remarkable era of grave import to the British and American pagan and occult communties.

Godalming, Surrey, UK: FAB Press, 2016. 362 pages. Paperback. New