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Interview with Victoria Nelson on Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural

This is an exciting time for those interested in the intersection of religion, popular culture, and the fantastic genres. A number of scholars are producing fascinating works in this area, and one of those is Victoria Nelson. Victoria is an essayist and fiction writer who teaches in the Goddard College graduate program in creative writing. […]

Book Review: The Vampire Defanged

When I first heard that Brazos Press, an evangelical publisher, had produced a volume looking at vampires in literature and film, I was very skeptical. Evangelicals have been less than receptive to this phenomenon, tending to lump vampires in with “occultism” and evil, rather than as pop culture figures for social and theological reflection. Thankfully, […]

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 […]

New Moon, Monsters, and Mormons

I recognize that many horror fans are less than pleased with Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight creatures, whether vampires or werewolves, but as I’ve written previously, while they may not be the average horror fans “cup of tea,” their romantic elements places them within the spectrum of depictions of these creatures over their literary and cinematic history. […]

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association’s Call for Contributions

The Popular Culture and American Culture Association’s discussion lists recently included two items relevant to the focus of TheoFantastique and its readers. The items are calls for papers. “Love and Sex in the Films and Graphic Novels of Alan Moore” 2010 Film & History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television November 11-14, 2010 […]

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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