Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

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.
Satanic Panic: at Amazon

Satanic Panic: at Amazon

Lucifer Rising (Gavin Baddeley)

A Book of Sin, Devil Worship and Rock ‘n’ Roll

  • Gavin Baddeley
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Plexus Publishing; Third Edition edition (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859654559 | ISBN-13: 978-0859654555
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Here’s a fun book to add to your collection! Written by Gavin Baddeley, ordained minister in the Church of Satan and long-time journalist, the metal scene is explored with this fact-filled book. Enjoy this wonderful tome of Satanic fact and fantasy with his book, Lucifer Rising.

Exploring how Satanism has influenced music throughout the years, Lucifer Rising tells the tale of the history of Satanism, the beginnings of occultism through Crowley and the Church of Satan, and how all this fantastic history influenced metal bands from the 60’s onward. In Lucifer Rising you can read about the Black metal scene and how Satanism has had a hand in making some of these bands famous and infamous as well.

Comes with stunning first rate black and white photographs for you to enjoy of metal bands, and previously unpublished photos of rituals from the Church of Satan. This would make an excellent coffee table book! Most of all, Lucifer Rising is well researched and this made it even more enjoyable. If you are into Satanism and metal music, this is the book you need for your collection!

Kerrang Radio reviewed: “The ultimate guide to the influence of Satan in the world of rock music, and all manner of devilish culture. .. Lucifer Risings is a detailed study of Satanism in popular culture. And for the layman, it’s as good a rough guide as you’re likely to find”

Gavin Baddeley states in the introduction: ”..Satanism is neither trivial nor tainted with some moral radiation that it makes it too dangerous to contemplate. Inasmuch as the Western world is still a Christian culture, Satanism is the archetypal counterculture. It’s a vital but neglected aspect of our past, present and – most importantly our future.”

Lucifer Rising (Gavin Baddeley) at Amazon

Lucifer Rising (Gavin Baddeley) at Amazon

The Occult Experience – 1989 Documentary

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One of my favorite documentaries of all time is the Occult Experience. Produced in 1989, it shows an array of people involved in occult activities. Among these are Anton LaVey, leader of the Church of Satan from his earlier “Satanis” production, and Michael Aquino and his wife, Lilith, both leaders of the Temple of Set. I like that Satanism was included in this documentary with a straightforward angle, actually getting interviews with the people involved in Satanism and Witchcraft.

This documentary also explores witchcraft with Selena Fox doing an outdoor ritual with her coven. Then they move on to the path of Alexandrian Witchcraft, with a special appearance by the King of the Witches, Alex Sanders in a revealing skyclad ritual. The path of Dianic Wicca is also explored with Z Budapest, a feminist witch. These paths are discussed showing what it is like for a solitary practitioner or in a group setting, for one who belongs to a coven.

In combination with all of this the fantasy artist H R Geiger’s work is discussed with the artist himself. It’s a short documentary packed with information about how Occultism thrived during that era. It’s definitely worth a watch just to see what occultists do. This is a delightful documentary! Below is a preview of this wonderful documentary.
Unfortunately this item is only available as a VHS at Amazon. Hopefully someday they will reissue it as a DVD.

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Rites of Lucifer (by Asenath Mason)

Gnostic Luciferian rites and history…

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    • By Asenath Mason
    • Paperback: 122 pages
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (November 30, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1505295092 | ISBN-13: 978-1505295092

Lucifer, known by many names both dark and light, is presented in this book as a bringer of enlightenment, unmasking hir as both a god and a devil. Lucifer’s story is found throughout the ages, as a go of witches, as the morning star and the planet Venus.

Along with this traditional Gnostic interpretation, some of the rituals found in The
Rites of Lucifer include Light and Darkness in Luciferian Gnosis, Invocation of the Dark Initiator, The Mind of Lucifer, Lucifer as the Trickster and Shadow companion and so much more. Special Guest authors include Rev Bill Duvendack, Edgar Kerval, Daemon Barzai, Cristian Velasco, and Pairika Eva Borowska. For those seeking a spiritual and classical religious path to Lucifer this book would make a great companion for your journey.

One reviewer commented..”The Rites of Lucifer is a bit of history, a bit of knowledge, and a lot of ritual as guidance for you way upon the LHP, Mason’s style of writing will draw you in, it’s easy to comprehend and absorb, much wisdom is within it’s pages.. ”  The author Asenath Mason states in the forward: “Our wish is to spread and develop the magical current of Lucifer and other Draconian Gods among practitioners, promote it as an effective tool of self-initiation and expand through active work and application of theory into practice. ”

Rites of Lucifer (by Asenath Mason) at Amazon

Rites of Lucifer (by Asenath Mason) at Amazon

The Satanic Rituals: Companion to The Satanic Bible (by Anton Szandor LaVey)

The original Satanic Ritual Book!

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Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (December 1, 1976)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0380013924 | ISBN-13: 978-0380013920

Originally collected as a series of pamphlets made only for the high priesthood of the Church of Satan, the rituals in this book are multi-cultural and expand on the method of group ritual for Satanists who are interested in the works of Anton LaVey.

The Satanic Rituals serve as a companion to the Satanic Bible, so reading it by itself will not give you a complete idea of how Anton LaVey wanted his rituals to work. Once you have read the Satanic Bible, this ritual book will provide you with the necessary skills on how to perform Satanic ritual. Some of the rituals included are his infamous “Black Mass” and the history behind this controversial ceremony. An example of a Satanic Baptism is also included.

One reviewer mused, in the words of LaVey: “A must have. The Satanic Rituals and The Satanic Bible are the two most influential books I have ever read. Satan demands study not worship!” Quoted from the introduction: “The ingredients of Satanic ritual are not designed to hold the celebrant in thrall, but rather to serve his goals. Thus, fantasy is utilized as a magic weapon by the individual rather than by the system. The essence of Satanic ritual and Satanism itself, if taken up out of logic rather than desperation, is to objectively enter into a subjective state.”

Anton and Diane LaVey, Satanic Ritual
Anton and Diane LaVey, Satanic Ritual
The Satanic Rituals (by Anton Szandor LaVey) at Amazon

The Satanic Rituals (by Anton Szandor LaVey) at Amazon

Sanctum of Shadows: The Satanist Vol. 1 (By Aleister Nacht)

Sanctum of Shadow Series

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  • By Aleister Nacht
  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Loki/Speckbohne Publishing; 1 edition (June 22, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0985707070 | ISBN-13: 978-0985707071

This workbook, Sanctum of Shadows Vol, 1 will help open the door of knowledge for those that are seeking to take their Left Hand Path magic and ritual to a new level. Included with this are interpretive excerpts from the Grimorie “Silentium In Persona Diaboli”, a manuscript written in the 1400s serving as a Satanic book of enlightenment.

Presented from a spiritual point of view this book may enable you to understand Satanism in a new light. The goal of Sanctum of Shadows: The Satanist Vol. 1 is to prepare the satanic Magician for self-development through ritual work. As one reviewer stated: “..Great information.Sanctum of Shadows is a satanic Grimoire for true (spiritual) Satanists”. This book will no doubt help those who are seeking to practice Satanism and ritual magic from a spiritual point of view.

Read more about Aleister Nacht and his work in Satanism at his Author Spotlight page.

Sanctum of Shadows (By Aleister Nacht) at Amazon

Sanctum of Shadows (By Aleister Nacht) at Amazon

Satanism: A Beginner’s Guide to the Religious Worship of Satan and Demons (by Brother Nero)

Volume I: Philosophy, Religious worship of Satan

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By Brother Nero
Devil’s Mark Publishing (September 8, 2010)
Pages: 172
ISBN-10: 0984210806 | ISBN-13: 978-0984210800

With a focus on traditional, Theistic Satanism Satanism: A Beginners Guide written by Brother Nero is aimed at beginners looking to understand more about Satanism from a religious perspective. Controversial topics like Satanic marriage and raising children in Satanism are covered. Along with this is a commentary on the Al-Jilwah, and a section for daily prayers.

One review on Satanism: A Beginners Guide stated, ” Brother Nero advocates the physical practice of worshiping Satan as the sole deity and seeing Him as the Greater power than our own which leads one to believe that Brother Nero advocates humility indicative of traditional Christian/Judaic/Islamic traditions. He believes that Satan and his demons are flesh and blood and should be respected as one would respect oneself”.

From Brother Nero’s introduction: “The primary goal of this book is to promote the religious worship of Satan as a serous faith and way of life. I hope it also provides you with the information you need to start making Satan and his demons and important part of your everyday life, because that is what Satanism is all about – building a relationship with Satan and his Demons.”

Satanism: A Beginner's Guide (by Brother Nero) at Amazon

Satanism: A Beginner's Guide (by Brother Nero) at Amazon

My Name is Legion: For We Are Many (by S. Connolly)

Satanism and Demonolatry Anthology Book

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By S. Connolly
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2012)
Pages: 112
ISBN-10: 1470081725 | ISBN-13: 978-1470081720

My Name is Legion: For We Are Many is the first anthology book of its kind, bringing together Theistic Satanists and Demonolators, and Dark Pagans. People from all walks of life from all around the world, tell their own personal stories about how they discovered their path in Demonolatry, Dark Paganism or Satanism, and how it had changed their lives.

Providing a variety of viewpoints, this book aims to show how much can be found to learn from in the Left Hand Path. Included with this is a section on artwork and poetry with a Satanic theme. My Name is Legion: For We Are Many is sure to be a favorite!

From the inside, a forward by S. Connolly: “You’ll read stories of self-discovery and personal truth. Stories all of us who take the path less traveled can relate to. Stories those who chose more mainstream paths may not know of.  It was my hope, in compiling this book, that we could educate others by showing that we’re normal people like anyone else. We walk among you. there are many of us.”

You can read more about S. Connolly and her work in Demonolatry and Satanism at her Author Spotlight page.

My Name is Legion: For We Are Many (by S. Connolly) at Amazon

My Name is Legion: For We Are Many (by S. Connolly) at Amazon

Paths to Satan: A Guide to Contemporary Satanism (by Martin McGreggor)

A beginners course in Satanism
By Martin McGreggor
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 12, 2012)
Pages: 76
ISBN-10: 1481243004 | ISBN-13: 978-1481243001

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Paths to Satan: A Guide to Contemporary Satanism guides you through the world of Satanism in a concise, practical way. This book is useful for those who are new to Satanism, looking to expand their understanding of this path. With a basic education on Satanism it will be easier to deal with friends and family, as sometimes this can be a lonely path.

Written from a refreshing viewpoint, this book is detached from the common myths and misconceptions about Satanism that have been held in the past.

A quote from Paths to Satan: A Guide to Contemporary Satanism, “The Satanism of today is not an evil religion, nor was it, ever. It is a spiritual system devoted to personal development. It is a path to self-empowerment, as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual health and happiness. Satanists are not evil or bad people. They are regular, law-abiding, working people. People who want to research and learn, and make decisions based on reason and fueled by intellect.”

One reviewer stated: “Though I’m not a theistic Satanist, nor do I understand it, I did greatly appreciate the acknowledgment of what could be the most common or popular branches of Satanism. For anyone looking for a guide into what theistic Satanism is or “should” be, this is a good place to start” Written from a Satanists perspective this may be the book that you need to open the door to the Left Hand Path.

Paths to Satan: A Guide to Contemporary Satanism at Amazon

Paths to Satan: A Guide to Contemporary Satanism at Amazon

Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend

The Creation of a Contemporary Legend

By Jeffrey S. Victor
Open Court Publishing Company (April 19, 1993)
Pages: 436
ISBN-10: 081269192X | ISBN-13: 978-0812691924

Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend is an essential book for Satanists and Christians alike, covering the various stories during the era of the Satanic Panic of the 1980’s.

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Revealing how psychologists, priests, television producers and authors took advantage of the false stories that plagued the public during this era, it shows how misinformation and fake news can spread throughout society causing real harm.

Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend also discusses the validity of recovered memory syndrome which served as gasoline on the fire of the panic during that era. Satanists will find interest in this book because it may help them to understand how vital misinformation is when it comes to the public perception of Satanism. It is an important lesson for everyone so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.

One reviewer of Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend talked of how it helped him to understand a person in his life that claimed to suffer ritual abuse from this era:”With ruthless research and a strong base of facts, he exposes the Satanism scare that swept the country between the 80’s and 90’s as a masquerade for the hard right, who are found to be relying on the same old tactics that have worked so well for ‘us vs. them’ mentalities and movements for so long. Point by point, he argues against a global conspiracy with cold, solid data. It is well worth reading, especially if, like me, you grew up with a parent who was convinced she was an MPD/ritual abuse victim. This helped me understand her, and her faddish therapist, much more clearly.”

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Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend at Amazon