Satanic Panic Mini-Gallery

Satanic Crime is Happening
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Here we see a 1964 newspaper photo from the small Canadian tobacco town of Delhi, Ontario. A painted pentagram scars the floor of a barn loft in the wake of Satanic cult rumors. Already, we see Satanic fears at work, based in large part on misconstrued histories of witchcraft and its fictionalization in sci-fi and horror publications of the day.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.