New Podcast Episode: Beyond the Neon

Beyond the Neon Episode 10 – Satanic Panic Part One: Storm in the USA

In the first of a two-part special, Beyond the Neon digs into the 1960s and 70s, to explore the history of Satanic Panic, and try to understand how and why it exploded across the United States in the 1980s.

The show looks into the real-life criminal cases, dubious media reports, exploitative publications and TV shows, foaming religious fanaticism, and outrageous claims of ‘experts’ and authors, to expose the hilarious and terrifying world of Satanic Panic that consumed American popular culture in the 80s.

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In part two (to be released in November), I’ll build upon all of this to look at how the Satanic Panic eventually spread to the UK and how music was used to help keep the madness alive through the 1980s and beyond.

All clips and music used is done so under fair use, for the purposes of historical record, criticism, scholarship and research. Beyond the Neon is a non-profit academic research project and all rights for these inclusions remain with their original creators.

References, citations and further reading/viewing (for parts one and two)

Books and publications

Baddeley, Gavin – Lucifer Rising: Sin, Devil Worship, and Rock’n’Roll, 1999 Plexus Publishing Ltd

Beck, Richard – We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s, 2015 PublicAffairs

Bromley, David G; Best, Joel and Richardson, James T – The Satanism Scare Social Institutions and Social Change Series), 1991 Routledge

Critcher, Chas – Critical Readings: Moral Panics and the Media, 2006 Open University Press

Hebditch, David and Anning, Nick – A Ritual Fabrication, 1990 Independent on Sunday (Sunday 30th December)

Jenkins, Philip – Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain

Laycock, Joseph – Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic Over Role-Playing Games Says About Religion and Imagined Worlds

Nathan, Debbie and Snedeker, Michael – Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt, 1995 Basic Books

Partridge, Christopher and Christianson Eric S – The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture, 2009 Equinox Publishing

Victor, Jeffrey S – Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend, 1993 Open Court Publishing Company

Online publications’s-baby

Film and television

Cook Report, The – The Devil’s Work (1989, ITV/Central Independent Television)

Deception of a Generation (1984, Eagle’s Nest Ministries)

Devil Worship: The Rise Of Satanism (1989, Jeremiah Films)

Doorways to Danger (1990, Sunrise Video Productions)

Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (1992, KNPB Channel 5)

Exorcists: The True Story (2004, Cream Productions)

Exorcist, The (1973, Warner Bros./Hoya Productions)

Fire by Nite: Satanism Unmasked (1988, Willie George Ministries)

Geraldo Rivera Special – Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground (1988, Investigative News Group)

Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995, HBO Pictures)

In Satan’s Name (1994, ITV/HBO)

In the Name of Satan (1990, Compassion Connection/Communications Consultants Group)

Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults (1994, Lenny Magill Productions)

McMartin Preschool: Anatomy of a Panic (2014, The New York Times)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968, William Castle Productions/Paramount Pictures)

Satanic Cults and Ritual Crime (1990, Syndistar Inc.)

YouTube assets/credits

The 700 Club on rock music, D&D, cartoons (1989):

Satanic Cults and Ritual Crime (1990):

The Victim’s Body from Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults

In the Name of Satan

Seth Andrews: The Satanic Panic – The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century

Anton LaVey on The Joe Pyne Show

Fire by Nite: Satanism Unmasked – Mike Warnke interview

Deception of a Generation – Phil Phillips interview

Exorcists: The True Story

Doorways to Danger

McMartin Preschool: Anatomy of a Panic