Quickie review: Satanic panic


To provide some context for the spirit of the times that House of the Devil was set in, here’s a discussion about Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) from a reliable source – the New York Times

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A 1980s newsreader discusses the outcry over the ‘evil influence’ of kids role-playing D&D in their parents’ garage…

Moral panics are a recurring theme, and have since moved onto computers games and music videos, and then back again to videogames…kind of. But The outrage over Dungeons and Dragons promoting devil worship is a kind of perfect storm of Satanic Panic and ‘moral majority’ paranoia that seemed so rife in the 1980s.

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Some kids undergoing instruction from their Dungeon master…

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2 thoughts on “Quickie review: Satanic panic

  1. This is fantastic (in a sense…)! Now I know why I am such a terrible person, I played too much D&D when I was a kid. And an adolescent. And an adult.

    And now I play Call of Cthulhu, it’s even worse!!!

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