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Remembering Leonard Nimoy

It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83. He was one of my childhood heroes due to Star Trek. I remember identifying with his logical approach to dealing with his emotions in his human half as I wrestled with my own emotions and social changes […]

Trailer for Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak"

I am really looking forward to this one coming out in October this year, Crimson Peak, by Guillermo del Toro.

Interview with Jess Peacock on "Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture"

Recently Jess Peacock got in touch with me to let me know about his new book, Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture (Resource Publications, 2015). It is a good read, and for those interested in exploring various theological aspects of the vampire, this book is worthwhile, bringing together an […]

Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement

  Religion and Transhumanism The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement by Calvin Mercer and Tracy J. Trothen, Editors November 2014 Praeger This book comprises essays that explore transhumanism and the issues that surround it, addressing numerous fascinating questions posed by scholars of religion from various traditions. How will "immortality" or extreme longevity change our religious […]

Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion Across Cultures

Glad to be a contributor to this one with several entries related to the work of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. My thanks to Joe Laycock for the opportunity. Spirit Possession around the World Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures by Joseph Laycock, Editor June 2015 ABC-CLIO Beyond addressing the Christian tradition of possession […]

Call for Papers: Sonic Horror

Sound is arguably one of the most fear-provoking aspects of horror. Ghost stories and horror films employ sonic tropes such as creaking floor boards, sudden loud thumps, or ephemeral children's choirs in order to enhance suspense through the evocation of unseen terror. "The spectre of sound", as Kevin Donnelly has called it, creeps up on […]

Social Research: An International Quarterly and Horror in Society

Kevin Wetmore, who I have interviewed on this blog previously on his book Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema, let me know that the forthcoming issue of Social Research: An International Quarterly 84.1 (Winter 2014) has an interesting focus. It will explore horror in society.   Here is the Table of Contents: Endangered Scholars Worldwide pp. […]

Forthcoming Title of Interest - Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture

I'm privileged to promote a forthcoming book, Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture (Resource Publications, 2015) by M. Jess Peacock. Look for an interview with Peacock here in the near future. Here is the back cover description and endorsements: Evil, death, demons, reanimation, and resurrection. While such topics are […]

My forthcoming book - The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro: Critical Essays

I haven't seen the proofs yet, but my latest book has an official title, a cover photo, and is included in the forthcoming Spring catalog for McFarland. The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro Critical Essays Edited by John W. Morehead Foreword by Doug Jones Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9595-5 Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2075-6 photos, notes, bibliography, index […]

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