Hey, boys and girls, in honor of the Devil’s Day coming up (Halloween, in case you didn’t know), I’m doing a Spooktacular Special! Phil Phillips wrote a book with another author, called Halloween and Satanism, and it is just right for the holiday. I’m hoping to do an entry a day until Halloween! That will make up for my being scarce lately. (My apologies; real life sometimes intervenes, and on top of that, this book took for-fucking-ever to come in. However, please, support your local libraries).
So, lest you think we were done with Phil Phillips entirely, here he is again, with a cohort this time, Joan Hake Robie. I swear this is not the Phil Phillips blog, but he is just so PERFECT for it, I cannot resist sporking him multiple times!
Who is this Joan Hake Robie character, you ask? Why, the President of Starburst Publishers (who also published Turmoil in the Toy Box, if you’ll recall). So, she’s to blame! I’d go beat her, but it appears that she passed away, this year, in fact. I find it funny that in her brief bio she was proud to mention that she had appeared on “The Morton Downey, Jr. Show.” Anyway, let’s move on, shall we?
If you thought Halloween was innocent, well, you thought wrong, sucka! Read this book to save yourself, or a loved one, from the pitfalls of Satan. Is that a secret level in the Atari game? If you are fettered with the devices of Satan this book will help to free you!
Chapter One – The Spirit of Fear. As before, Philly Boy regales us with a story. He’s a young’un, and now he’s in a haunted house, but he tries to build up suspense to make you think he’s in real danger. Puh-lease. Anyway, the house is full of fears, to which I say, no shit. “If this is Halloween, who needs it?” he concludes.
Fear. Among other things, it can make a person lose faith in god. He natters on about phobias, telling us about a woman named Barbara with agoraphobia. Fear is not of god, he states, but it’s society’s “stock in trade” today. People want to be scared by television programs and other productions, and Phil doesn’t understand this. First, there was Dracula, but now things are becoming more explicit, and worse, mixed with comedy, such as Poltergeist. Wait, what? That wasn’t a comedy!
Here comes one of Phil’s favorite words – Occult. Remember, in his lexicon, that’s everything that doesn’t embrace Christian tenets. Kleeborp – I mean, ET, is a “fetus-looking creature” with occult powers, which he discussed more in Chapter 12 of Turmoil in the Toy Box. Ghostbusters has a woman become possessed by a demon. He spells Zuul wrong, but why would he care? No one is gonna fact-check him or anything. He also mentions The Golden Child, with Eddie Murphy, which makes the two aforementioned movies look “like a Sunday afternoon walk in the park.” Why? Because it’s a graphic depiction of a demon going directly to hell to communicate with Satan. And the Dalai Lama is presented as the equivalent as Jesus, and that won’t do! Evil! It lurks on our silver screen.
Fear leads to the occult. He cites a book by Dr. Grace Ketterman called You and Your Child’s Problems: How to Understand and Solve Them regarding fear. “A tragic by-product of fear in the lives of children . . . is the interest and involvement in supernatural occult phenomena.” Ellen learned about witchcraft when she was four years old! By the time the good doctor met Ellen at 12, “the child was convinced that love and caring are weak feelings,” and “so entrenched in fear that she actually had been practicing a form of witchcraft.” Okay, that sentence is murky. Was she fearful due to the practice of “witchcraft,” or was her fear a form of “witchcraft?”
Stop Satan; be aware and put on the armor of god! That sure sounds like a Halloween costume to me . . .