Painted Black: The Chilling True Story of the Wave of Violence Sweeping Through Our Hometowns

Painted Black: The Chilling True Story of the Wave of Violence Sweeping Through Our Hometowns
by Raschke, Carl
Reviewed by Julianus

Painted Black: The Chilling True Story of the Wave of Violence Sweeping Through Our Hometowns

Category: Satanism

This book promises to to relate “from drug killings to heavy metal– the alarming true story of how Satanism is terrorizing our communities.” What it actually is an error-ridden compendium of all the usual conservative Christian Fundamentalist hysteria. Raschke seems incapable of getting his facts right; I understand that when Painted Black was first published one reviewer tried making a list of all the errors of fact and gave up after his list reached 50 typed pages. This is not the calibre of research you would expect from a college professor, which Raschke is, or was when he wrote this slop. I wouldn't be surprised if he got his tenure revoked for gross incompetence. Mind you, there is plenty of unintentional humour in here and the chapter on “Fantasy Role-Playing Games and the Devil's Bargain” is just plain hilarious.

The book does have some nice pictures, including three of a “recent satanic ritual.” Problem is that they aren't: at top is a Gnostic Mass altar, below is a fellow doing the Mass of the Phoenix, and at bottom you see several people doing the very un-satanic Golden Dawn Neophyte Ritual. How can I be so sure of this, you ask? Easy: I'm the long-haired person on the far right.

Publisher Harper Mass Market Paperbacks
Date 1/1992
ISBN 0061040800 0061040800 0061040800
Price $1.99