Titus Hjelm is Lecturer in Finnish Society and Culture at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College, London. His doctoral dissertation, at the University of Helsinki, was on the construction of Satanism in the Finnish news media. His research interests are wide-ranging, however, and include the sociology of religion, news media, popular culture (particularly the Nordic heavy metal scene and vampire fiction), and social theory, including Marxist theories. His most recent books are Perspectives on Social Constructionism, Is God Back? Reconsidering the new visibility of religion, Religion and Social Problems and Heavy Metal: Controversies and Countercultures. He is also bass guitar player for Thunderstone.