American Hellfire: Cults, Killings, Possessions, and Hoaxes of the Satanic Age - Hamilcar Publications

American Hellfire: Cults, Killings, Possessions, and Hoaxes of the Satanic Age

Carlos Acevedo



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Cannibalism. Ritual murders. Cults. Blood rites. Possessions. Human trafficking. At a time when Ronald Reagan promised optimism, America found itself gripped by a widespread mania: the fear that devil worshippers were rising from a demonic underground to commit unspeakable acts of violence and mayhem. For more than a decade—from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s—America suffered through what is now infamously known as the “Satanic Panic.” Primed by the Occult-tinged ’60s, when Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan, Roman Polanski shocked the public with Rosemary’s Baby, and the Manson Family became shorthand for evil, the Satanic Panic eventually grew into a national obsession.

Across the country, crimes both real and imagined, ranging from human sacrifices, multiple murders, and Satanic Ritual Abuse dominated mass media coverage. Serial killers such as David Berkowitz, “The Son of Sam,” who terrorized New York City in the late 1970s, the “Chicago Ripper” crew, allegedly run by a flesh-eating devil worshiper and “The Night Stalker,” Richard Ramirez, whose bloodlust seemed unquenchable, fueled fears of a war for the soul of America against the forces of darkness.

In American Hellfire, Carlos Acevedo traces the roots of Satanic Panic from its beginnings as a pop-culture phenomenon to the sociological factors that reached critical mass in the 1980s.  Along the way, the notorious crimes attributed to Satanism—including the daycare hysteria that saw dozens of innocent people indicted for atrocities they never committed—are revisited, as well as the hoaxes, tragedies, and conspiracy theories of an era whose nightmarish anxieties never truly went away.




  • Publication Date: October 31, 2023
  • Author: Carlos Acevedo
  • Edition: 1st
  • Availability: World
  • Page Count: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 6″ X 9″
  • ISBN: 9781949590579
  • List Price: $18.99 | £13.99
  • Distribution: Two Rivers


Carlos Acevedo is the author of The Duke: The Life and Lies of Tommy Morrison and Sporting Blood: Tales from the Dark Side of Boxing. He lives in Brooklyn.