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New essay on the crystal skulls

I first heard the story of the mysterious crystal skulls when I was a kid in the 1970s through the television program In Search Of... Joseph Laycock has written an essay on them for Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, Volume 11, Issue 2 (2015) titled "The controversial history of the crystal […]

Joseph Laycock: Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community

Joseph Laycock has written a new article that explores the Otherkin. "We Are Spirits of Another Sort: Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community" By Joseph P. Laycock, PhD Nova Religio - The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions February 2012, Vol. 15, No. 3, Pages 65-90 Purchase Article: Abstract: Otherkin are […]

Joseph Laycock on Top 10 Misconceptions of Vampires at Buzznet

Joseph Laycock, author of Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampires (Praeger, 2009), discusses the "Top 10 Misconceptions of Vampires" at Buzznet.

Joseph Laycock: The Omega Man and Sociophobics of Cults

Joseph Laycock, an up and coming scholar of religion and popular culture, has an article in the International Journal for the Study of New Religions Volume 1, No. 2 (2010), titled "Conversion by Infection: The Sociophobic of Cults in the Omega Man." The abstract: The Omega Man (1971), starring Charlton Heston, is a film adaptation […]

Joseph Laycock: The Legend of Cain and Vampires in the Bible

Joseph Laycock continues to demonstrate that he is the up and coming religion and vampire scholar for the next generation. He recently wrote an article for Religion Dispatches titled "Vampire Bible: Will Smith and The Legend of Cain." The article begins with the recent announcement that Will Smith will play the Old Testament biblical character […]

Joseph Laycock: Vampires and Eclipse

Watch this video on YouTubeEclipse recently debuted in theaters, the latest installment in the Twilight series of romance-vampire films, and in connection with this I am pleased to present this video of fellow religion and pop culture scholar Joseph Laycock. He shares some thoughts on the history of the vampire, contemporary vampirism, and the Twilight […]

Joseph Laycock: The Exorcist, Secularization, and Folk Piety

Joseph Laycock is an independent scholar and doctoral candidate at Boston University, and author of Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism (Praeger, 2009) who was interviewed here in the recent past on this book. He has returned to discuss a paper he submitted to the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion titled "The Folk Piety […]

Joseph Laycock: Vampires Today

For quite some time the vampire has been an important figure in popular culture. While the zombie has been a rival in recent decades as a monstrous icon, the vampire seems to be making a comeback as the increasing number of books, films, and television programs featuring this figure indicate. I recently finished reading a […]

Twilight: Literary Phenomenon Becomes Cinema Sensation

It’s that time of year again: Hollywood has begun to release its winter films that it hopes will be blockbusters, or at least do well in box office returns in connection with the holiday movie viewing habits of consumers. The latest fantasy film involving youth and the supernatural (or supranormal) is doing very well in […]

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