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.
The Creation of a Contemporary Legend
By Jeffrey S. Victor
Open Court Publishing Company (April 19, 1993)
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.
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.”