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The Devil Made Me Do It

Coping with Satanism: Rumor, Reality, and Controversy
Ottens and Myer

Submitter: Ok, this book actually contains some interesting facts about satanism, but the cover is just incredibly silly.  I also kind of got the impression that the authors were trying to fill pages here (ie there is a section regarding the satanic influences of Dungeons and Dragons).  Though originally published in 1994, this revised edition is definitely a product of the “my child is listening to Marilyn Manson and possibly conducting animal sacrifice in the backyard” era.

Holly: Is Satanism something to be “coped” with?  Is it like learning to cope with chronic illness or the neighbor’s constantly barking dog?  I’d say it’s a little more serious than just an annoyance you have to cope with.

The customer reviews on Amazon.com are not very positive (although at least one of them was written by a self-proclaimed Satanist, so they’re not necessarily unbiased either).  My favorite line from the review written by CarrieB: “When you read this book, you’ll know just how easy it is to go from being a casual Iron Maiden fan to baby killer and grave-robber! Don’t say I didn’t warn you, sinner!”

Hey!  I listen to Iron Maiden!

Satan for kids

Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy: A child’s book about satanic ritual abuse
Sanford & Evans

Submitter: “I give thee the most awful library book ever. Seriously. I found this little gem a few years ago doing a project for a young adult class and ILL-ed it from [a seminary!] … but 89 libraries have it in WorldCat, mostly public! Not only is the subject horrible, but the storyline is jumbled, and the pictures are cheeeeeesey colored pencil.”

Holly: This is unbelievable. There is truly a book for every subject, isn’t there? Well, if your community has a problem with satanic rituals, this might be a great choice for your children’s section. Can you imagine a child stumbling upon this: “Mommy, I want THIS one!” Story time on the dark side.  Oh, I wish I could post more pages. Truly unbelievable. Crying, naked children standing in the woods in a circle being told that nothing can be told outside the circle and that their parents have given them to the hooded people…I may have nightmares from this one. Are you supposed to read this to traumatized children after they’ve been part of a satanic ritual? It’s not comforting!

Mary:  I couldn’t believe this was published let alone in a bunch of public library collections.  Did someone say in a collection development meeting “hey we need some kiddie books on satanic ritual abuse”?  This is the scariest book I have ever seen.  Librarians, please fill me in if you know anything about this book or topic.   I am utterly speechless!


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Wax in our World

Wax as a topic for a medium public library juvenile nonfiction section has got to be one of the oddest ideas ever.  Just so you all know, I have no bias against the subject of wax.  Hey, wax as a part of a craft or in candle making, I would be all over that.  Waxing as hair removal, I might be interested in that for my collection.  (Okay, I might have to be sold on that idea.   Can you imagine the illustrations when they get to discussing the bikini line?)  What makes me laugh is the idea that somewhere a publisher was in a meeting saying  “I think the kids are looking for a good book on wax”.