Academic Societies or Cults?

Winchester, VA- In what may be considered a recent phenomenon, a resurgence in the popularity of secret societies and academic societies has spread through the Winchester area.

Books-a-Million and Ye Olde Book Gallery have both reported surprising growth since 2014, despite increasing competition from online companies like Amazon.  “It was a real surprise, I thought I was going to have to switch careers so I could retire in a few years- not a happy prospect- but the shop’s sales went from decline to nearly doubling,” said Stan Carver, owner of Ye Olde Book Gallery and self-professed “casual member” of one of the new societies.

“It’s great!  I love the opportunity to get out, learn some things, and meet others with shared interests,” commented Emily Poe of White Post.  Ms. Poe is a local artist, and was dressed in a late Victorian style day gown and tinted glasses at the time of interview.

Other local residents are not as pleased. “It’s occult and satanism and smut, taking root in our Christian community,” Stephens City resident and community organizer Donna Stevenson said, “right under our noses.  One of my neighbors, who I’d thought better of, tried to convince me to go with her to experience ‘sharing love’ with people who aren’t our husbands!  Can we trust our neighbors when they might be part of a group like that, or worse?!”


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