House of the Devil: Satanic Cultures (and Panics) from the 60s to Today

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
James Pate, Brian Santana / Shepherd University
contact email: 

Call for Chapters:  House of the Devil: Satanic Cultures (and Panics) from the 60s to Today (Proposals due October 15, 2020)


            From the Satanic and occult counter-cultures of the late 60s, as seen in the films of Kenneth Anger, to the Satanic Panic of the 80s, to the progressive-style Satanism of music groups like Twin Temple and organizations like The Satanic Temple, Satanism in the U.S. (both real and imagined) has long reflected the anxieties, hopes, and concerns of the culture at large.

Satan has been seen as a corrupter and a liberator, a literal being and a Romantic metaphor, and the “satanic” has long been a site for various cultural conflicts and energies. Though there have been books about specific aspects of modern Satanism, this collection will focus on how the image of Satanism has changed over the past decades.


            Topics for chapter proposals may include, but are not limited to:


            -- Satanic and occult imagery in the 60s, and its relation to 60s countercultures


            -- the role movies such as The Exorcist and The Omen might have had in bringing the occult mainstream


            -- Discussions on the relationship between the rise of talk shows and Satanic Panic


            -- The relationship between the Satanic Panic and the rise of the Religious Right and The Moral Majority


            -- The complicated relationship between neo-paganism and Satanism


             -- Fashion and Satanism


            -- Essays on Satanic lifestyles


            -- The use of Satanic imagery in music and music videos (especially interested in musical artists who are women and/or BIPOC)

Chapter proposals should:

1. In 500 words (or less) define the focus and argument of the chapter.
2. Be submitted as a pdf or word document. Proposals should be double-spaced, with Times New Roman, 12- point font, and Chicago style citations.
3. Include a copy of the author's CV and a 50 -word biography

Proposals and questions should be sent to Dr. Brian Santana and/or Dr. James Pate at or