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Sanders, et al...filmed in 1971, this was the heyday of the modern occult movement, and so is really an interesting historical document and also quite a lovely way to experience the "vibe" of  what the early days of  the pagan community were like.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 … [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...]

Hail, Pan! Hail, Aphrodite! Lupercalia is here.

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Valentine's Day, Schmalentine's Day! Forget the hearts, roses and chocolate. Let's pay homage to the sexy goddess and the randy god instead! (There's one right there, Lucille Ball all decked out in fluffy pink fit for a Ziegfeld fantasy.) My coven in Boston has an Imbolc ritual (Candlemas,"The Feast of Februa") that does not mention Brigid/Brid/Bride at all...no sheep, either (Imbolc means "in the belly," referring to sheep birthing lambs at this time, and Oimelc means "ewe's milk"). in fact, … [Read more...]

For real this time! AMERICAN GODS is coming to TV!

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From Neil Gaiman himself:  the novel AMERICAN GODS is now in development for television with FreemantleMedia. The official press release says the deal has been finalized, and in television land, that means we're good to go. So, all that hubbub about the rumors about HBO not being true (my bad for not double checking the sources) etc. can now be swept away as we have fresh, new information on this very exciting development! In his online journal/blog, Gaiman says he is "very pleased" with … [Read more...]

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN: What We Loved, and What We Hated

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And by "loved" I mean REALLY PASSIONATELY ADORED. And by "hated" I mean WTF????? Lilith Dorsey and I had nearly weekly video chats about the show, half rant, half rapture. Because, as irritating as we found the show to be at times, we also found it very entertaining and compelling. Say what you will, it is hard to remain indifferent to a show this intense. But its flaws were every bit as dramatic as its charms. So, without further ado: LOVED: 1. The Dialogue. It was often perversely … [Read more...]


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