SATANIC PANIC Hardcover Collector’s Set now available from FAB Press!

SP FAB cover and shirtSATANIC PANIC was initially issued by Spectacular Optical in a limited edition paperback during the summer of 2015. It swiftly sold out, and FAB Press has now taken on the world publishing rights. To celebrate this re-issue they have put together a very limited edition hardcover, for sale direct to FAB Press customers only, so take advantage of this rare opportunity to pick up this collector’s item while it is still available this second time round!


–  a limited edition hardback copy of SATANIC PANIC with an individually numbered Collector’s Edition title page plate,
–  plus an exclusive SATANIC PANIC T-shirt, courtesy of artist Mike McDonnell,
–  plus a paperback copy of the book.

A very limited number of Collector Packs are being issued, and due to the T-shirt being produced strictly to size and style requirements, this offer is valid strictly by Pre-Order FOR ONE WEEK ONLY!


A second Special Edition Pre-order option, minus the paperback, will be offered the following week. The Collector Pack Pre-Order offer ends on Sunday 22 May at 9pm BST, 4pm EDT, 1pm PDT.

PLEASE NOTE: The Satanic Panic T-shirt will not be sold as a stand alone item. It will only ever be made available as part of the Satanic Panic Pre-order offers.

Pre-Order Terms and Conditions: Payment will be taken immediately upon completion of your order. By pre-ordering this package you agree to pay in advance of publication, on the understanding that it will ship during the week commencing Monday 13 June 2016.

Technical Details

Size: 230mm x 180mm

Binding: Hardcover

Extent: 368 pages

ISBN: 978-1-903254-88-2

Estimated publication date: 14 June 2016

Market: Social & Cultural History / Popular Culture

Weight: 1200g

Edition: Second Edition

Cover Price: £29.99 (UK) / $49.95 (US)
Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

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

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.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and is co-editing Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television for release in late 2017. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a TV series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films.


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