As a child of the 80's one of the oddest things I've ever had to experience was the rise of baby boomer fueled religious fundamentalism in Ronald Reagan's America. Unless you lived through it, it's almost completely incomprehensible that such mass hysteria could grip such a seemingly intelligent section of the population (cough...ISIS...cough.) I recently tried to explain the Satanic Panic to some younger co-workers everything from "Michelle Remembers" through the Martin Case, from Iron Maiden and Dungeons and Dragons to the West Memphis Three. Needless to say, my co-workers just didn't get, they couldn't even comprehend the concept of such a thing existing. Now, thanks to our new friends at FAB Press, a group of celebrated authors have come together under the direction of editors Keir-La Janisse and Paul Corupe. Check out a bunch of stuff we've cribbed from the press release below then head over to FAB Press and order Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia in the 1980's for your reading pleasure in paperback or limited edition hard cover.
"Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s offers an in-depth exploration of how a controversial culture war played out during the decade, from the publication of the memoir Michelle Remembers in 1980 to the end of the McMartin "Satanic Ritual Abuse" Trial in 1990.
Satanic Panic features new essays and interviews by 20 writers who address the ways the widespread fear of a Satanic conspiracy was both illuminated and propagated through almost every pop culture pathway in the 1980s, from heavy metal music to Dungeons & Dragons role playing games, Christian comics, direct-to-VHS scare films, pulp paperbacks, morning cartoons, TV talk shows and even home computers. The book also features case studies on Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth and Long Island "acid king" killer Ricky Kasso. From con artists to pranksters and moralists to martyrs, the book captures the untold story of how the Satanic Panic was fought on the pop culture frontlines and the serious consequences it had for many involved."