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The Teeming Brain Podcast #1: “Cosmic Horror vs. Sacred Terror”

I was privileged to be a part of a good group in a podcast discussion at The Teeming Brain through an invitation from my good friend and colleague Matt Cardin that addressed "Cosmic Horror vs. Sacred Terror." Following is their description of the subject matter: Do nihilism and cosmic meaningfulness stand in fundamental tension with […]

New Book Explores How Horror Films Use Religion to Stir Fear

One of the reasons why I created TheoFantastique was to explore some of the deeper sociological, cultural, and even religious aspects of horror, sci fi and fantasy. Thankfully I am not alone in this interest, as evidenced by one of my fellow explorers, my friend Douglas Cowan, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Social Development […]

Sacred Terror Book Due Fall 2008

Long time readers of this blog might recall my two previous interviews with Douglas Cowan on the topic of horror films and their connection to religion and fear. Doug shared his insights on these topics as they related to his book on the topic Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen (Baylor University […]

Interview with Doug Cowan: The Unholy Human, Fanaticism, and Fear of the Flesh

Doug Cowan participated in one of this blog's more popular interviews in the past that dealt with issues surrounding terror and religion that he deals with in his forthcoming book Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen. Although Doug has a very busy academic schedule, he has come back for a second time […]

Douglas Cowan and Sacred Terror: Part 2

Following is the second part of the interview with Douglas Cowan on the subject matter surrounding hisforthcoming book Sacred Terror. TF: In your book you discuss the "metataxis of horror." Can you briefly define this and how you discuss it in your book? Doug Cowan: The “metataxis of horror” refers to the process by which […]

Douglas Cowan and Sacred Terror: Part 1

Douglas Cowan is a leading scholar working in the area of new religions. Formerly he taught at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and he now teaches at Renison College/University of Waterloo. He is the author of a number of books, including Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (Blackwell, 2007); Cyberhenge: Modern Pagans […]

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