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Book Report :: Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy!

October 20th, 2011 by unkle lancifer · 15 Comments

One of the more fascinating websites you’ll ever encounter is AWFUL LIBRARY BOOKS, a joint hosted by librarians and dedicated to the discussion of which books are ready for that big library in the sky. I’ve now rummaged through the entire place and I’m sure to return again. If you are prone to nostalgia like I am, you’ll probably feel the same way. I can’t decide if it is beneficial or detrimental that our disposable culture tends to quickly cover over embarrassing mistakes with fresh new ones, but it’s nice to know that the local library erases the chalk board at a less frequent rate and we can still discover nearly forgotten trash treasures there (at least before they get weeded!) Personally, I think THE MORK AND MINDY STORY will always be relevant but time marches forward and I suppose each generation gets the MORK AND MINDY they deserve.

During my mostly pleasant and often humorous perusal of AWFUL, I came across one book that takes the cake in the Kindertraumatic nightmare department and so I had to share it with all of you. The book is entitled DON’T MAKE ME GO BACK, MOMMY: A CHILD’S BOOK OF SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE and holy cow what were the people responsible for this thing thinking? I won’t even get into the issue of whether Satanic cults like the one described are real (on the documented abuse front, Satanists are certainly lagging behind the Catholic church) because even if they did exist, how would this book ever help rather than terrify an abused child further? Even in the warped reality described, if you suspect your kid has been involved in something so heinous you may want to take more productive actions then reading them a bed time story about the horrors they have experienced. Even giving it the benefit of the doubt, the chance that this book helped more kids than it needlessly freaked out is roughly nil.

I guess I have to understand that this was published in 1990, landing on Earth smack in the middle of the Satanic Panic craze that was sweeping the nation like a precursor to the Macarena. Secret Satanic cults hiding in the woodwork have become less popular in the media these days but it looks like child abuse in all its multitude of forms is chugging along as always. I guess that is to be expected when time and resources are wasted chasing phantoms rather than dealing with harsh reality. I know I needn’t give something so out to lunch the time of day, but this book even has the nerve to try and drag Halloween into the scapegoat pyre! Not cool.

We joke around a lot about the stuff that unintentionally made it harder for us to sleep as kids around here. In most cases it involves misinterpreting innocent things or maybe overestimating our own bravery when it came to absorbing scary stuff at a young age. I’ve always contended that there is a healthy side to such fears, that they are an important part of learning to process and overcome intimidating obstacles. This book, on the other hand, is another thing altogether. This is fucked up. Not only is it irresponsible and poorly done, it strikes me as the type of thing that causes the type of anguish it’s pretending to salve. I have to give it some credit though, when designated “do-gooders” on a mission add to the Kindertrauma archives, they sure do leave everybody else (even those purposely working in the field of horror) in the dust.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Don’t Make Me Go Back! Can be viewed in it’s entirety here…


    Beware of evil Satan bunnies!

  • 2 cmcmcmcmNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I love Awful Library Books! But I think I missed this gem. I really like the idea of all these librarians stumbling upon these weird, old books and laughing and getting rid of them. Honestly before I found this site I didn’t think the library ever got rid of anything. But I guess they’d have to or new library wings would constantly be under construction.

    And I totally agree that the addition of Halloween and trick r treating is a travesty!!

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

    It takes a lot to earn the Kindertrauma seal of disapproval but bad mouthing Halloween is a good way to do it!

    Awful Library Books is a gold mine. They do have to discard these books anyway for space and I’m so glad they are recording those being disposed of.

    As awful as some some of the dated books truly are they give me a little hope that humanity is at least moving forward a scratch!

    The dating manual books for teens from yesteryear are just nuts. It’s hard to believe that people thought like that and it’s really not that long ago!

  • 4 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    And the cover of the book they posted today (by Gary Brander author of “The Howling”!) is just awesome… How can a detective story about a guy in a chipmunk costume not be good?


  • 5 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Holy Crap! I guess that I should drop a spy cam in my daughter’s day care. Although I’m pretty sure that her day care providers are all blonde, and only brunettes are Satanic, so It’s probably ok.

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    They really need to just stop hiring non-blondes for child care positions.

    Knowing those sneaky Satanists though, they’d probably just dye their hair and pretend to be upstanding blonde people!

  • 7 cmcmcmcmNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I just came back here to tell you about that chipmunk book! Freaking hilarious!

  • 8 Jami JoAnne RussellNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    If I remember correctly that book was written by someone who is infamous for writing poorly researched scare books.

    I often point out to the anti-Halloween crowd that all Christian holidays were taken from Pagan ones since that’s usually their argument against Halloween. I believe in God, I believe He/She meant for us to have fun, including Halloween. Obviously God has a sense of humor, after all, how else do you explain the existence of Snooki?

    Speaking of Halloween, I’ll have to remember to send you guys a picture of my dog Minnie and I dressed up once her costume is 100% complete. I’m going to be the TARDIS and she’s going to be a William Hartnell inspired 12th regeneration of the Doctor. I wanted to do Tom Baker inspired but while Minnie loves clothing, she hates hats.

    She’d probably love Jelly Babies however.

  • 9 JSusskindNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Just finished reading all the comments on Awful, and wow. I was happy to see that most of the readers were sensible people, but there were a handful of nut cases who still think Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) is real.

    In a way, maybe this is a good thing. I worry that people too young to remember the 80’s and early 90’s may think that Satanic Panic was something from the distant past that could never happen again. But the existence of people who are still trying to profit from it is a good reminder for the rest of us to stay on guard.

  • 10 TaylorNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Isn’t 1990 even kind of late in the SRA panic height? The McMartin case was where it really blew up, and I feel like that was the early 80s, unless I’m mistaken.

    This book is straight up disturbing. It would be hilarious if the people behind it weren’t serious…But I mean, damn.

  • 11 JSusskindNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    The McMartin trial ended in 1990, but the panic went on for a few more years.

  • 12 Robert StindtNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    As the kids say, “OMG!” We found this book years ago at a Christian bookstore and gave it to our friend (who was studying to be a librarian) for her birthday. I didn’t know there were other copies still out there!

    I’m a psychotherapist — this book was meant to be used by therapists during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s in helping children “recover” memories and normalize their supposed cultic abuse. I worked as a secretary at the time in a private mental health office, and several of the therapists specialized in Multiple Personality Disorder and PTSD/”recovery of suppressed memories” from Cult Abuse. We’d have all this chaos around Halloween because clients would anticipate being “contacted” by cult members, who would supposedly try to bring out their other personalities and get them to sacrifice babies and other such truck. Things were…overly dramatic. Everybody thinks it’s all BS now; I tend to think it was a way to soak insurance companies for multiple sessions a week with really suggestible clients. Fun times!

  • 13 bjkatcherNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    According to worldcat.org my public library is one of 57 in the world to hold a copy. And last time I was there, they were actually prominently displaying it! I asked the children’s librarian about this (I’m a librarian myself) and she said that sort of thing goes on all the time. Sheesh.

  • 14 Joanna BoeseNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I agree with Jami wholeheartedly…of course, let’s not forget that’s why God created platypi, too. (BTW, cool costume idea.)

    But seriously, I can’t believe that someone would publish a book like that…what’s probably disturbing are the colored pencil drawings…it doesn’t look like something that belongs with a serious subject…

    Although from one news story, the worst offense one Satanist had was the fact he was refusing to do his fatherly duties to his daughters from his three failed marriages. And that’s because he thought it was ‘disrespectful’ to drop them off at church. Really? And you can’t see why you’ve been divorced THREE TIMES?! I think the worst this one’s done is be the most selfish man on Earth.

  • 15 Brother BillNo Gravatar // Oct 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

    This will be the fastest I’ve ever ordered something on Amazon… !

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