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SATANIC PANIC: Hardcover Limited Edition

Product Details

  • ISBN Code 978-1-903254-88-2
  • Manufacturer FAB Press
  • Stock Level In stock

Limited Edition hardcover, exclusive to FAB Press, only 200 copies available worldwide!

 

Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

An electrifying descent into ‘80s-era cultural terror.
~ Mike McPadden, author of Heavy Metal Movies

 

Note: SATANIC PANIC is also available in Paperback


In the 1980s, it seemed impossible to escape Satan’s supposed influence. Everywhere you turned, there were warnings about a widespread evil conspiracy to indoctrinate the vulnerable through the media they consumed. This percolating cultural hysteria, now known as the “Satanic Panic,” not only sought to convince us of devils lurking behind the dials of our TVs and radios and the hellfire that awaited on book and video store shelves, it also created its own fascinating cultural legacy of Satan-battling VHS tapes, audio cassettes and literature. 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, Saturday 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.


“An often hilarious, sometimes terrifying view into the damage that can be caused when belief outweighs reason.”
~ Daniel XIII, Famous Monsters of Filmland


The Authors
SATANIC PANIC features essays and interviews by authors and media critics including Adam Parfrey (Apocalypse Culture), Gavin Baddeley (The Gospel of Filth, Lucifer Rising: Sin, Devil Worship and Rock n’ Roll), Liisa Ladouceur (Encyclopedia Gothica), David Flint (SHEER FILTH!), Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Rape Revenge Films: A Critical Study), Adrian Mack (The Georgia Straight), Forrest Jackson (Cosmic Suicide: The Tragedy and Transcendence of Heaven’s Gate), Alison Nastasi (Flavorwire), Leslie Hatton (Popshifter), David Canfield (Twitch), David Bertrand (Fangoria; Spectacular Optical), Alison Lang (Rue Morgue, Broken Pencil), Kevin L. Ferguson (Eighties People), Wm Conley (Deathwound), Kurt Halfyard (Twitch), Samm Deighan (Satanic Pandemonium), Stacey Rusnak (The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction), Ralph Elawani (C’est complet au royaume des morts), Gil Nault (Liturgie apocryphe), one-man band John Schooley and Joshua Benjamin Graham, alongside co-editors Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation). The book also features comic art by Rick Trembles (Motion Picture Purgatory) and original illustrations by Toronto artist Mike McDonnell.
 

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CONTENTS

FOREWORD: MEETING SATAN AND HIS FAMILY
By Adam Parfrey

INTRODUCTION
By Kier-La Janisse

“THE ONLY WORD IN THE WORLD IS MINE”: REMEMBERING ‘MICHELLE REMEMBERS’
By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

THE UNHOLY PASSION: SEX AND GENDER ANXIETY IN RUSS MARTIN’S EROTIC HORROR PAPERBACKS
By Alison Nastasi

DICING WITH THE DEVIL: THE CRUSADE AGAINST GAMING
By Gavin Baddeley

20-SIDED SINS: HOW JACK T. CHICK WAS DRAWN INTO THE RPG WAR
By Paul Corupe

MASTERS OF THE IMAGINATION: FUNDAMENTALIST READINGS OF THE OCCULT IN CARTOONS OF THE 1980s
By Joshua Benjamin Graham

DEVIL ON THE LINE: TECHNOLOGY AND THE SATANIC FILM
By Kevin L. Ferguson

ALL HAIL THE ACID KING: THE RICKY KASSO CASE IN POPULAR CULTURE
By Leslie Hatton

“WHAT ABOUT THESE 10,000 SOULS, BUSTER?” GERALDO’S DEVIL WORSHIP SPECIAL
By Alison Lang

THE FILTHY 15: WHEN VENOM AND KING DIAMOND MET THE WASHINGTON WIVES
By Liisa Ladouceur

SCAPEGOAT OF A NATION: THE DEMONIZATION OF MTV AND THE MUSIC VIDEO
By Stacy Rusnak

TRICK OR TREAT: HEAVY METAL AND DEVIL WORSHIP IN ’80s CULT CINEMA
By Samm Deighan

STEALING THE DEVIL’S MUSIC: THE RISE OF CHRISTIAN METAL AND PUNK
By David Bertrand

THE TRACKING OF EVIL: HOME VIDEO AND THE PROLIFERATION OF SATANIC PANIC
By Wm. Conley

BEDEVILING BOB: PRANKING “TALK BACK WITH BOB LARSON”
By Forrest Jackson

CONFESSIONS OF A CREATURE FEATURE PREACHER: OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING ABOUT SATANISM AND LOVE MIKE WARNKE
By David Canfield

BOUC EMISSAIRE: MANIFESTATIONS OF SATANIC ANXIETY IN QUEBEC
By Ralph Elawani and Gil Nault

THE DEVIL DOWN UNDER: SATANIC PANIC IN AUSTRALIA, FROM ROSALEEN NORTON TO ‘ALISON’S BIRTHDAY’
By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

GUILTLESS: BRITAIN’S MORAL PANICS, SATANIC HYSTERIA AND THE STRANGE CASE OF GENESIS P-ORRIDGE
By David Flint

FALSE HISTORY SYNDROME: HBO’s ‘INDICTMENT: THE MCMARTIN TRIAL’
By Adrian Mack

END OF THE ’80s: PARANOIA AS COMIC CATHARSIS IN JOE DANTE’S ‘THE ‘BURBS’
By Kurt Halfyard

 

Technical Details

Size: 230mm x 180mm

Binding: Hardcover

Extent: 368 pages

ISBN: 978-1-903254-88-2

Publication date: 1 July 2016

Market: Social & Cultural History / Popular Culture / Occult

Weight: 1200g

Edition: Second Edition

Cover Price: £29.99 (UK) / $49.95 (US)

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