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Wetmore on Romero Zombies as Markers of Their Times

Zombies are more than the monsters of the moment. While their popularity is at an all time high in popular culture, they have been with us decades, and their meaning changes as our cultural fears evolve. In the following interview, Kevin Wetmore discusses his exploration of the shifting meanings related to Romero’s zombies that he […]

Psychology Today: What is it That Fascinates Us About Exorcism and Demonic Possession?

A series of bad reviews by film critics, echoed by many rank and file moviegoers, didn’t stop The Devil Inside from doing extremely well at the box office. The film is but the latest in a string of films with the theme of demonic possession, forming a horror subgenre in their own right. This includes […]

Call for Papers – Religion and Dr. Who: Time, Space, and Faith

Doctor Who is a cultural phenomenon in both the UK and the United States, continuing to go from strength-to-strength as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2013. Over the show’s long history on television—and in various spin-off TV shows, audio adventures, novels and comic books—religion and religious themes have consistently been a subject of interest. […]

Dead Meat Walking: A Zombie Walk Documentary

After revising my essay on the Zombie Walk phenomenon and Zombie Jesus for the forthcoming volume The Undead and Theology, I discovered Dead Meat Walking: A Documentary on Zombie Walks, currently in production and scheduled for release in the Fall of 2012. The web page has little other than the video and the following description. […]

Kevin Wetmore on Dawn of the Dead (2004) and the Zombie Terrorist

I am currently finishing up Kevin Wetmore’s fine volume, Back from the Dead: Remakes of the Romero Zombie Films as Markers of Their Time (McFarland and Company, 2011) with an eye toward an interview in the near future. This morning I read the chapter that discussed the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. Wetmore […]

Joe Sinnott: Greatest Comic Inker

Joe Sinnott fortuitously began inking Kirby on The Fantastic Four in late 1965, right when the King embarked on what is arguably the greatest phase of his long career, the full flowering of his creative dynamism exploding the Marvel Universe. Coincidentally during this fertile period, Kirby also developed the many artistic tropes and stylized delineations […]

The Devil Inside: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:1

The horror preferences of a younger generation, coupled with the continued popularity of “found footage” and demonic possession themes in horror, led to a great weekend at the box office for The Devil Inside. Although I haven’t seen the film, I provided some input for the discussion at the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 3:1 on the […]

Arlen Schumer’s ComiColumn: Winslow Mortimer Eulogy

The comic cover art for this post was created by the unsung yet top Batman/Superman cover artist of DC for over 10 years, largely the entire ’50s, Win Mortimer! My eulogy for Mortimer, delivered at his funeral on (or about) January 10, 1998; he was 78 years old. I worked with Win at Neal Adams’ […]

Arlen Schumer’s ComiColumn: In Defense of Dots

4CP: Four Color Press features an article by John Hilgar titled “In Defense of Dots: The lost art of comic books.” This article is BRILLIANT!!!! As the author/designer of the coffeetable comic book history book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, I’m all about those dots vs. current printing modes; here’s what I wrote […]

Sabine Baring-Gould: Hymns and Werewolves

I sometimes think I am a strange phenomenon. I work in the area of theology and cultural studies on the one hand, and yet also have this interest in the fantastic and bizarre in popular culture, including horror, science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal. From time to time, however, I discover that there have been, […]

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