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Gorn : Many Squicktastic scenes. An early example of the splatterpunk genre.
Good Girls Avoid Abortion : Averted and played straight. Jesse has had two abortions and when we meet her, she's pregnant a third time and contemplating what to do about it. Rachel is a straighter trope, in that she's thirty-seven and pregnant a second time in less than two years (the baby is nine months old, and pregnancy risks go up exponentially over thirty-five).
Hollywood Satanism : Discussed as compared to The Scream's lyrics and stage show. Jake points out that most of the bands who use Satanic imagery and lyrics are putting on a show, but The Scream is different...and terrifying. Also the band Cleaver.
The Eighties : The novel takes place (and was released) at the height of metal's popularity. The description of many of the hairstyles and fashions represent this, including side-shaved mullets and long coats, which the teenaged fans of The Scream wear in imitation of their idols. Likewise, the issues in the entertainment industry at the time, including the "Family Values" vs. censorship debate within the metal scene are discussed, via a talk show.
The Eponymous Show : The Dick Moynihan Show, a popular Talk Show of the Donahue or Geraldo type. During the show, Jacob delivers a pretty goodspeech to those who would destroy rock'n'roll. Some Truth in Television here, as shows of the type were common in the mid-to-late 1980s when the music labelling debate was raging.
Writers Cannot Do Math : Jacob Hamer, Dad the Veteran , is a Vietnam vet. The chapter states that it's 1988 and Hamer is 33. He served at the tail end of the war, in 1971...which makes him 16 at the time of his service. It's possible he lied about his age, but this trope is more likely.