Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention
Available now from Amazon (link). From a convention for therapists who uncover “memories” of ritual abuse to Pizzagate enthusiasts, conspiracy entrepreneurs, Satanists, and flat-earthers, Satan Goes to the Conspiracy Convention is a tour through some of the scariest and most tragic corners of right-wing conspiracy culture. Along the way, the reader will learn the truth about CIA mind control experimentation and discover the real reason for the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and 1990s. This provocative book is a must-read for anyone concerned with the effects of pseudoscience, right-wing politics, and quack psychiatry on American life.
In the days leading up to the book’s release, I did a marathon 2-hour podcast with Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Radio. We discussed the book in great detail, including such topics as: mind control, recovered memory therapy, The Satanic Temple, the role of conspiracy theory in right-wing politics, the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, and more. This program is an excellent introduction to the book. It’s available for free from iTunes, direct download, or the Porkins Policy Radio website.
PRAISE FOR SATAN GOES TO THE MIND CONTROL CONVENTION
“Joseph L. Flatley goes where few journalists dare to tread: into the heart of America’s conspiracy culture. Sociopaths, quack psychologists, targeted individuals, flat-earthers, antisemites, one world government freaks—no moldy rock is left unturned. Reading this book, first you’ll want to laugh and then you’ll want to run home and lock your doors. Because it makes one thing very clear: America’s conspiracy culture is a lot less fringe, a lot more profitable, and a hell of a lot more right-wing and scary than most of us want to admit.”
— Yasha Levine, author of Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet
"Joe Flatley is that rarest journalistic observer of conspiracy culture: deeply informed of its history and lineages, perfectly rational, and just sympathetic enough to know when harmless eccentricity and justified paranoia bleeds into malevolent madness. In these investigations he is at his best, deep-diving into worlds of belief where the CIA, Satan and the Occult are the only forces that matter."
— Alexander Zaitchik, author of The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America and Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance
“Nobody gets inside the minds of conspiracy theorists and other American oddballs quite like Joe Flatley. This book is a pleasure to read—and a little frightening.”
— Matt Stroud, author of Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing
“A haunting and intimate look into the darker corners of the conspiracy movement, Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention explores the toxic practices used by groups who exploit and control people seeking help. Joseph L. Flatley clearly demonstrates the dangers they present to an America obsessed by conspiratorial thinking.”
— Pearse Redmond, host of Porkins Policy Radio and Open Minds On Air
Sirhan: Or, the Hallucinatory Vanguard
Available now from Amazon (link) and wherever fine books are sold.
"A page-turner ... few have captured the movement scene this well since The Invisible Man."
— Mike Roselle, co-founder of Earth First! and author of Tree Spiker.
Sturgis Sturdevant is a professional troll. He works for a fake news website, he can’t seem to find a decent therapist or meet a nice girl, and it looks like he’s inadvertently joined a cult. If that wasn’t bad enough, Stu might also be a hypnotically programmed assassin.
Sirhan: or, The Hallucinatory Vanguard is two-parts neo-noir and one-part satire. The reader will encounter media startup yuppies, conspiracy theorists, ravers, and political extremists of all types in a book that doesn’t comment on conspiracy culture as much as wallow in it.