The only thing worse than a witch hunt…

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...is a television series that tries to capitalize on popular media's witchy trend by being as over the top as possible.SALEM Premieres this Sunday on WGN: Just how trashy will it be?From the looks of things in the latest trailer, pretty trashy.I'm pretty sure this series was in the works before AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN premiered, but I am inclined to agree with the i09 folks: this new show seems to want to give the glossy, envelope-pushing FX drama a run for its … [Read more...]

Prominent Pagan Arrested for Child Pornography

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This is not a good week for the pagan community.Kenny Klein, well known pagan musician and an amateur photographer, has been arrested in New Orleans on 25 counts of child pornography, involving images found on his computer of children under the age of 13 engaging in explicit sexual activity, according to this news story from the Times-Picayune.Klein has recorded a number of albums, both on his own and with other musicians, including his ex-wife Tziporah, with whom he used to tour the … [Read more...]

Sad, Sudden Loss of a Pagan Elder: Rest in Peace, Judy Harrow

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It is a sad day.I have just received the news that Judy Harrow, a very influential member of our greater pagan community, has passed away suddenly. I had been aware via Facebook that Judy was experiencing some recent health complications connected to her dialysis, but other than that I do not have any specific information of the cause of her death.I first met Judy many years ago, in the late 1980s, when I lived in western Masschusetts. She attended events with various groups I knew at … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Twenty-First Century Satanic Panic

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Satanic Ritual Abuse. Hey, didn't we figure out more than a few years ago what a crock it was? Didn't the West Memphis Three case and the Lanning Report and those ridiculous episodes of Oprah! and Geraldo! make it clear that it was a crazy decade-long episode of hysteria?Well, unfortunately there's a whole new generation of gullible people who haven't been exposed to the debunking, and a whole bunch of trouble-makers who want to spread these insane rumors all over again. Welcome to the … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Vampires are Us, by Margot Adler

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Margot Adler, NPR correspondent, is perhaps best known to the pagan community for her groundbreaking and influential book Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America. Published in 1979 and updated in several editions since, it was the only book of its kind to offer a serious sociological and cultural critique of the burgeoning pagan movement, something other journalists and scholars had failed to take on at that point.What made it even more … [Read more...]

Pagan Tea Time Chat with Dogs!

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Well it took us a while but Fritz Muntean and I finally scheduled our chat! Following Christine Hoff Kraemer's excellent idea to reach out and chat with someone in the pagan community we'd never actually met in person, Fritz and I (who have "known" one another for years vis various forums and groups related to paganism and academia) got together via video chat on Google Hang Out. (Fritz also had a nice chat with Christine last week)It was a lively and fascinating conversation (once I shut my … [Read more...]

Too good not to share…THE POWER OF THE WITCH

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And now for some dreamy old film imagery, scented with patchouli and blessed with love beads...THE POWER OF THE WITCH (video link included).Rare footage of some of the early movers and shakers of modern pagan witchcraft: Alex and Maxine Sanders, et al...filmed in 1971, this was the heyday of the modern occult movement, and so is really an interesting historical document and also quite a lovely way to experience the "vibe" of  what the early days of  the pagan community were like.It w … [Read more...]

February: Women in Horror Month

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In  case you missed it, there is still time to marvel over the wonderful world of women in the horror industry. Writers, filmmakers, artists, performers, editors, producers, they are all celebrated in this month long observation that's been going on for five years now (who knew?). Check out the Facebook page for a month's worth of awesome links. It will probably keep you busy through February 2015!Some highlights:The Women in Horror Calendar, being sold in the UK (via Etsy) to benefit … [Read more...]

Just-Released! Behind the Scenes Preview of SALEM

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 I can't believe I'm saying this, but I might actually be looking forward to this...Just released: special behind-the-scenes footage and sneak preview of WGN's Salem which premieres later this spring...Yes, the story set-up seems a bit silly: young sexy versions of Tituba, Cotton Mather, and other historical figures from the Witch Trials, setting us up for the suspicious, hysterical madness that takes place near the end of the Seventeenth Century. But the production values do … [Read more...]


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