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Critical Exchanges on the Paranormal

Today I came across an item that is a couple of years old, but it's worth taking a look at. It involves an essay by Jeffrey Kripal, who has been interviewed here at TheoFantastique previously on two occasions, once on his book on the paranormal and the sacred, and the second time on his book […]

CFP - Divine Horror: The Cinematic Battle Between the Sacred and the Supernatural

PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED: 3/15/16 Call for Contributors (Abstracts 3/15/16; Essays 8/15/16) Divine Horror: The Cinematic Battle Between the Sacred and the Supernatural (under contract) The struggle between good and evil is classic and as old as time; this struggle becomes iconic when one or both of the combatants is associated with the divine. From Rosemary’s […]

Interview with Robert Geraci on the "Virtually Sacred"

Robert Geraci has been interviewed here previously regarding his work in artificial intelligence. With his return below we discuss his new volume Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life (Oxford University Press, 2014). TheoFantastique: Thanks for your willingness to discuss your new book. How did you come to see video […]

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 […]

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