The Dark Underground of the Satanic Panic
- by Kier-La Janisse (Editor), Paul Corupe (Editor)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- FAB Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1903254868 | ISBN-13: 978-1903254868
Experience the hysteria of the 1980’s when society was saturated with Satanism’s supposed influence. From TV to radio to print there were warnings that a secret underground society of Satanists were coming after you and your children. Follow the stories of the people who started this panic, from the religious right who claimed that
Satan was around every corner in pop culture, in movies, television and even home computers – to average people forced to confess to horrific scenarios brought about through recovered memory syndrome.
Understanding this era of Satanism is important because the attitudes and feelings and false news stories that came with this social and moral panic still affect us today. This book is a historical look at this dark time in America, with essays and interviews by 20 different writers who were involved with the Satanic panic scene. Included are photographs and case stories from other sources that were labeled as Satanic, such as Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (an underground chaos magic association) and serial killer Ricky Kasso who claimed to be a Satanist, filling a role that was made for him in his infamy.
This book serves as a cautionary tale on how even in our modern time, panic and fear can influence a society in negative ways that are lasting. Many of the attitudes and misinterpretations of Satanism came from this era. If you are interested in learning about the history of Satanism, Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s would make a useful addition to your library.