Archive for the "occult" Category

Titles of Interest - Ghosts, Spirits and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies

Matt Cardin of The Teeming Brain is a good friend and colleague in all things fantastic. I am pleased to announce one of his latest book projects, Ghosts, Spirits and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies (ABC-CLIO, 2015). This fascinating work provides a complete overview of paranormal phenomena, including the beliefs, attitudes, and notable […]

Patheos Book Review: The Paranormal Conspiracy

A volume at the Patheos Book club recently caught my attention. It is The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth About Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings (Chosen Books, 2015) by Timothy Dailey, Ph.D. An excerpt from the book and an interview with the author are available at Patheos. From time to time we explore the paranormal at […]

"Nosferatu" director's stolen head, and occult ritual?

In a previous post I discussed an article in Fortean Times that mentioned connections between Western esotericism and an individual connected to the classic silent horror film Nosferatu. Just yesterday the media, in places like The Guardian, reported about a grave robbery in the form of someone stealing the head from the corpse of Nosferatu's […]

The Esoteric "Nosferatu"

The May 2015 issue of Fortean Times caught my eye when I was in the bookstore on Friday. On the cover was Max Shrek made up as Count Orlok in the silent horror film classic Nosferatu as the illustration for a story by Brian Robb titled "Nosferatu: The Vampire and the Occultist." As a scholar […]

Cinefantastique Podcast on 'The Wicker Man'

I was invited as a guest participant in the Cinefantastique Spotlight podcast to discuss The Wicker Man in light of the release of the "restored version," andĀ Rialto Films' re-release for its 40th anniversary. This film was shot in 1973 and released in 1979, and has since become a cult classic. The story revolves around a […]

The Wicker Man Enigma documentary

With all of the controversy and discussion of late over The Conjuring and its depiction of Paganism in horror, I stumbled upon this documentary looking at the classic The Wicker Man that artfully and frightfully explored this same topic years ago. Enjoy The Wicker Man Enigma.

Critical Considerations of "The Conjuring's" Ed and Lorraine Warren

As mentioned in a previous post, The Conjuring has generated a lot of discussion and controversy. One area that has received a lot of attention is its depiction of evil witches and the "darkness of witchcraft" in connection Christian conceptions of Satan and demonology. You can read my previous post, a guest essay by a […]

Black Death Podcast: Peg Aloi, Medieval Horror, and Religious Dialogue

  TheoFantastique Podcast 2.2 for 2011 is now available. In this edition my special guest is Peg Aloi, a religion scholar and film critic and who maintains her own blog at The Witching Hour, who engages me about the film Black Death directed by Christopher Smith. In this interview and dialogue, Peg and I discuss […]

Donald Tyson: The Dream World of H. P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most influential writers on contemporary horror. As such, he has been the focus of a number of biographies, including H. P. Lovecraft: A Life by S. T. Joshi (Necronomicon press, 1996), and the documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, directed by Frank Woodward. More recently, a new biography has […]

Carrol L. Fry - Cinema of the Occult: New Age, Satanism, Wicca, and Spiritualism in Film

Various aspects of the occult, or as it is more commonly referred to today in academic circles, Western esotericism, have long beenĀ facets that have informed storytelling and fear in horror films. A recent book by Carrol Fry touches on this topic, titled Cinema of the Occult: New Age, Satanism, Wicca and Spiritualism in Film (Rosemont […]

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