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Encounter Radio Program on Sacred Horror

I will be one of the guests on the Encounter radio program out of Australia on the subject of “Sacred Horror: Zombie Resurrections and Vampire Souls.” The website description: From the legends of Frankenstein and Dracula to films about zombies, witches and vampires, supernatural horror has always captured the popular imagination. Fictional horror scares us […]

Interview with Emily McAvan on The Postmodern Sacred

Emily McAvan has been on my radar since I first encountered her research in the sacred aspects of science fiction and fantasy. She teaches cultural, media and gender studies at Murdoch University and Curtin University, both in Perth, Australia. In the interview that follows we discuss aspects of her fine book The Postmodern Sacred: Popular […]

Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Exploration of the Sacred

Joss Whedon and Religion Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Explorations of the Sacred Edited by Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead and J. Ryan Parker Foreword by K. Dale Koontz Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7290-1 Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-1253-9 notes, bibliography, index softcover (6 x 9) 2013 Not Yet Published, Available Fall/Winter 2013 through McFarland About the Book […]

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 […]

TheoFantastique quoted in academic volume

While doing some research online yesterday I discovered that TheoFantastique was quoted in an academic volume. The book is Religions of Modernity: Relocating the Sacred to the Self and the Digital (Brill, 2010), edited by Stef Aupers and Dick Houtman. This volume references TheoFantastique (read it at Google Books) and quotes from an interview with […]

Emily McAvan and The Postmodern Sacred

This is a volume I’ve been looking forward to. I enjoyed Emily McAvan’s thesis, summarized in an issue of the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and have referenced it in this blog’s About TheoFantastique page. MacAvan is one of a number of exciting women scholars working in religion and pop culture, such as Danielle […]

Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture

In my continuing quest to find interesting material in the area of the fantastic I stumbled across the book Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture (Quirk Books, 2011 ), edited by Stephen H. Segal. Segal is the Hugo Award winning senior contributing editor to Weird Tales, the world’s oldest fantasy/sci-fi/horror magazine, and an […]

Zombies as Angelic Dark Side

Lately I have been doing a lot of reflection and research on the zombie in popular culture, and how it connects to both postmodern concepts of the body and the sacred. Among the materials I recently came across in this regard that has helped develop my thinking is the work of Gary Laderman, a scholar […]

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