Satanic Panic Mini-Gallery


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Save the Children
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Here's a glimpse into the Satanic Panic of 1990: a feature photo of Atlanta's Faye Yager, who "became a sort of American Robin Hood when she launched an underground network to protect and hide child victims of child abuse or devil worship. On her desk we see a copy of 1988's panic-inducing "Satan Wants You: The Cult of Devil Worship in America" and an array of children's therapy-derived illustrations detailing their own Satanic abuse.


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.