• Investigates what it means to be involved in a cult phenomenon, why people do it, and how cult phenomena affect the general culture in which we live
• Provides the first collection to examine cult pop culture across multiple subjects, through contributions from distinguished scholars from all over the world
• Reveals the influence and breadth of cult topics across American popular culture, particularly as the Internet enables people to connect with subjects and with other fans on a broader level
• 60 essays examine cult topics based on linked subject matter
• Organization by subject enables readers to quickly find what interests them most
• A "Further Reading" section, including websites, films, and multimedia sources, helps readers to delve into cult pop culture topics in greater depth
"Although many pop-culture sets exist, this one stands out for its focus on cult status and placing pop culture within the greater American experience. Appropriate for and likely appealing to patrons of public, school, and academic libraries."-
Michael Jackson has enjoyed an enthusiastic fan base since his success as part of The Jackson 5, but it was not until the odder aspects of his personality were exposed that he was transformed into one of the most well-known cult figures of the 20th century. What turns someone or something into a subject of such passionate fascination—and what do our obsessive pop cults say about us as a nation?