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Title of Interest - "Zombies and Sexuality: Essays on Desire and the Walking Dead"

Zombies and Sexuality: Essays on Desire and the Walking Dead, edited by Shaka McGlotten and Steve Jones (McFarland, 2014) Since the early 2000s, zombies have increasingly swarmed the landscape of popular culture, with ever more diverse representations of the undead being imagined. A growing number of zombie narratives have introduced sexual themes, endowing the living […]

Title of Interest - "Japanese and American Horror: A Comparative Study of Film, Graphic Novels, and Video Games"

Japanese and American Horror: A Comparative Study of Film, Graphic Novels, and Video Games by Katarzyna Marak (McFarland, 2014) Horror fiction is an important part of the popular culture in many modern societies. This book compares and contrasts horror narratives from two distinct cultures--American and Japanese--with a focus on the characteristic mechanisms that make them […]

Title of Interest - "Miyazaki's Animism Abroad: The Reception of Japanese Religious Themes by American and German Audiences""

Animism Abroad: The Reception of Japanese Religious Themes by American and German Audiences by Eriko Ogihara-Schuck (McFarland, 2014) After winning an Oscar for Spirited Away, the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's animated films were dubbed into many languages. Some of the films are saturated with religious themes distinctive to Japanese culture. How were these themes, or […]

'Joss Whedon and Religion' Nominated for "Mr. Pointy Award"

Along with my co-editors, J. Ryan Parker and Tony Mills, I was quite pleased to receive this notification via email today. See all the 2014 finalists here: On behalf of the Whedon Studies Association’s Mr. Pointy jury, I am honored to notify you that your work, Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist's […]

Pop Culture Reactions to "Salem"

If you haven't seen the Salem television series on WGN it's worth checking out. It eagerly scoops up Christian mythologies of the Witch as the consort of Satan, a frequent trope in horror films, and uses this as the major element in a reframing of the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Given […]

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