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? 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. [Read more...]

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Oh, look! Witches are media darlings. AGAIN. (SIGH)

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Remember the late 1990s? THE CRAFT? Then CHARMED? Then BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? Then THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Then all the witchcraft stuff appearing in episodes of shows like THE X-FILES, MILLENNIUM, etc.? To quote one of the creepier moments of TWIN PEAKS: “It is happening again. It is happening right now.” [Read more...]

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American Horror Story: COVEN Reinvents the Witch Archetype

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I know, as a media critic and practicing witch and activist, that I am supposed to be overtly critical of media portrayals that trumpet the “evil witch” stereotype, but honestly, isn’t the over-the-top witch narrative something many of us were raised on and that we secretly love, crave, even? [Read more...]

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COVEN: American Horror Story’s witchy new season

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The third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is subtitled COVEN and will be set in both Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana. [Read more...]

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Interview with Arana Fireheart, featured on WIFE SWAP

The Fireheart family, from Salem, Mass.

Tonight’s episode of WIFE SWAP features a pagan family living in Salem, Massachusetts. I happen to be acquainted with Arana Fireheart, husband of tonight’s pagan mom Karina Fireheart, and asked if he’d answer a few qustions about what it’s like to “represent” the pagan community on TV. [Read more...]

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Cult Occult Films…Occult Films About Cults? Occult Films with Cult Followings? (Head Explodes)

Season of the Witch

From the excellent website and blog AV Club, I found a thoughtful review of a little-known and seldom seen 1972 film by George Romero called Season of the Witch (also known as Hungry Wives). AV Club’s Keith Phipps says, “It’s loaded with references to the occult, but owes as much to Betty Friedan as Anton LaVey.” [Read More...]

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