Satanic Panic Mini-Gallery

Singing the Devil's Music
Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns

How can we forget the corrupting power of heavy metal? Along with "Dungeons and Dragons," the music of acts such as Ozzy Osbourne frequently came under fire as a corrupter of youth. Listen to this filth, the fear mongers warned, and you're treading down a slippery slope to sacrificial murder and madness. The 1981 photo-shoot, complete with horror styling and an inverted cross, certainly played into those fears and added more fuel to flames of Satanic Panic.

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.