Book Shelf
Penn State Intercom......October 26, 2000

Bill Ellis, associate professor of English and American Studies.
Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions and the Media, published by the University of Kentucky Press.

Ellis authored this book, which describes how a variety of folk traditions were used by emerging religious movements in the 1960s and 1970s to justify a social crusade against shadowy underground cults, who were blamed for many spiritual and social evils. His survey of the folklore and popular culture of satanism includes rumor panics caused by animal mutilations, graveyard desecrations, conspiracy theories and a number of real cases of murder. A trained folklorist, he argues for a middle ground in an often-polarized debate, conceding that satanism influenced many real-life events but was often used as a bogeyman to deflect criticism from both Christian and Pagan communities.

Jill Hochman, supplemental instruction coordinator in the McKeesport Academic and Cultural Enrichment Office.
Our Working Lives: Short Stories of People and Work, published by Bottom Dog Press Inc., an independent Ohio publisher.

Hochman contributed to this book of short stories, edited by Bonnie Jo Campbell of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Larry Smith of Huron, Ohio. It is part of the Working Lives series.

Jeremy F. Plant, professor of public policy and administration in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg
Trackside Under Pennsy Wires, published by Morning Sun Books, Scotch Plains, N.J.

Plant authored the book, which examines the operations of the Pennsylvania Railroad between Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Maryland through the expert lens of photographer James P. Shuman. The illustrated book includes a history of the electrification of the railroad in the 1930s; and gives an in-depth look at freight and passenger operations on the Philadelphia to Harrisburg mainline and freight lines in Chester, Lancaster and York counties. It is part of a continuing series of books celebrating the work of pioneer color rail photographers.