Kevin Logan - Satanism & The Occult: Today's Dark Revolution (Kingsway, 1994).
Foreword by David Alton, MP
Part 1 - The Problem Part 2 - Some Solutions
Are we really to take seriously the news that possibly thousands of intelligent adults in our nation are in league with the devil and believe in witchcraft, magic and even human sacrifice? Vicar and author-journalist Kevin Logan knows too many victims of the occult not to take some of the reports very seriously indeed. Avoiding fanciful dramatics on the one hand and a dangerous complacency on the other, he tells us the truth based on his own and others' careful research, and gives guidelines for those who wish to help victims and see society change for the better.
'Sadly, despite years of warnings, the church appears ill-prepared to handle the occult explosion, and often resorts to indifference or denial as a response. The government's attitude is no better. I believe this book will be a valuable contribution to the process of altering such views.' - David Alton, MP
In 1994 News Of The World ran a mini-series, Sin, Sex And Satanism. Strangely, they 'exposed' a number of fellows they'd already outed twenty years earlier. You might think these guys were wary of talking to journalists by now but evidently nothing could be further from the truth. A lot of it was pretty dodgy anyway (the NOTW seem to have difficulty understanding that Paganism and Wicca are entirely different beliefs to Satanism) and one laughable episode saw three of their female reporters masquerading as schoolgirls to entrap poor old Raymond Bogart, a man who believes himself to be possessed of a "third eye" (must have been on the blink that day) who tried to make them a present of one of his home made dildos. Another serial interviewee apparently admitted that he passed on the task of sexually initiating women into his group if they were "ugly" and let a minion do the deed instead because "I'm only human."
Shortly afterward, much of this material resurfaced in Rev. Kevin Logan of the Evangelical Alliance's Satanism & The Occult. To be fair Logan was appalled at the media hounding of the Bogart's of this world and you can sense he's trying to be as even-handed as his belief system allows. Trouble is, on occasion he relies heavily on material supplied by others, one of whom, a walking fancy dress party notorious for telling flame grilled whoppers about anyone who doesn't recognise him as God's spiritual advisor, is responsible for a deplorable slur on a bunch of young goths whose 'sin' is a fondness for dressing up like something out of Dracula And The Virgins of the Undead.
Other than the Logan's eye view of the media, my favourite chapter is Revolution In The Arndale, Rev. Kev takes a stroll around the shopping arcade and finds occult symbolism coming at him from every which way, in particular "the Music/ Tape shop".
"Records, CD's, tapes and tee-shirts are shot through with the occult. It started as far back as the Beatles who included the bald head of Aleister Crowley on their sixties album Sergeant Pepper ... ..." Unfortunately, to compile a complete A-Z of horrid pop bands would require an entire book, so Logan has to content himself with just the 'A's which must have really pissed off all the B-Z's. The lion's share goes to Abaddon of Venom (!), but Logan is also upset that "Alien Sex Fiend are delighted to announce in their RIP album that they're "feeling zombified" and are "dead and reburied" .... Atomic Rooster assure their congregation that "the Devil hits back." Psychic TV fans needn't feel unfairly dismissed as plastic Satanists because Gen and the Temple Ov Psychick Youth get a page to themselves in the Into The Shadows round up of worldwide evil organisations. But then again, so do the Vampyre Society ....
Part Two, 'Some Solutions', well ... I'm sure his heart is in the right place, but his guides to DIY Deliverance and the dubious advice on 'counselling' others into sharing your Christian beliefs is where my own tolerance level ..... gave out.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Ah. David Alton was a devout Catholic as well as an Member of Parliament. Kevin Logan was an evangelical Anglican vicar. Both from north west England. Both happy to promote their own brand of religion by targeting others as 'the enemy within'. I first saw Kevin Logan on TV around 1984 in a programme called 'Lucifer Over Lancashire' which took in the Pendle witches and modern pagans, and spoke to KL as an interested party. I think he was involved in the Reachout Trust to rescue pagans from their 'cults'? Their publicity must have worked wonders for the sale of Wheatley-styled books.