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. The social impact of the Satanic Panic lasted for decades.
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.” This book will also help you understand how Christians, judges and counselors used Satanism as a weapon to finance a modern witch hunt.
Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend
By Jeffrey S. Victor
Open Court Publishing Company (April 19, 1993)
ISBN-10: 081269192X | ISBN-13: 978-0812691924