Archive for "Dec 2012"

Interview with Victoria Nelson on Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural

This is an exciting time for those interested in the intersection of religion, popular culture, and the fantastic genres. A number of scholars are producing fascinating works in this area, and one of those is Victoria Nelson. Victoria is an essayist and fiction writer who teaches in the Goddard College graduate program in creative writing. […]

Zombie Documentary Airs on the Discovery Channel

Last night a new "documentary" aired on the Discovery channel titled Zombie Apocalypse. For several years now apocalyptic dread has been in the cultural air, and this week the Mayan calendar has been a major focus of this in 2012 that has included various television treatments, but zombie apocalyptic variants are not far behind. Recently […]

Review of The Theology of Battlestar Galactica at Colloquium

My review of Kevin Wetmore's The Theology of Battlestar Galactica: American Christianity in the 2004-2009 Television Series (McFarland, 2012) has been accepted for publication in Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review. The review will be published in issue 45, no. 2 in November 2013. A copy is available on my page. Here […]

Kirk Hammett on the Inspiration of the Horrific

Kirk Hammett has a new video out promoting his book Too Much Horror Business. Not only does the viewer get a look at some of Hammett's pieces in his collection, but the commentary associated with it is of interest. Along the way Hammett notes the influence of Bob Wilkins, the Bay Area horror host of […]

GE Commercial, Robots, and the End of the World

General Electric has a new commercial that taps into both the apocalyptic angst related to a possible robot uprising, as well as the alleged Mayan calendar prophecy of doom, both of which have been in the news lately. An article on this on North Illinois University NIU Today website described the background behind the commerical: […]

The Walking Dead Season 3: Social and Cultural Reflections

Last night AMC aired the mid-season finale for The Walking Dead until the series resumes in February of 2013. In light of the break I thought I'd share some reflections that came to mind as a result of the last few episodes. One of the interesting plot elements that connect The Walking Dead to previous […]

Science Fiction and the Bible Workshop

From the European Association of Biblical Studies, an announcement and call for papers on science fiction and the Bible. Thanks to James McGrath of Exploring Our Matrix for making me aware of this. This workshop invites papers which engage with the possibilities of discussing the Bible informed by Science Fiction (SF). Proposals for papers are […]

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