Sunday, October 26, 2008

Christian Horror/Suspense

So...a day late and I'm answering my own question!

Christian horror is usually tied to demons somehow..and I have mixed feelings about that.

I really want to read Shade by John Olsen. I recently finished Field of Blood by Eric Wilson which was a very unique take on the vampire mythology. I'll be writing up a full review at The Friendly Book Nook.

I do recommend Isolation by Travis Trasher which I thought was very very creepy.

Check out everyone else's answers here.


Book Zombie (Joanne) said...

I've read both Isolation and Shade, while Isolation was indeed creepy Shade contained a very different type of horror. Shade was still about good vs. evil but a lot of the scariness came from the inner turmoil the main character went through. Reading her thoughts made me feel like I was on an emotional and psychological roller-coaster right along with her.
I honestly did not know there was a Christian Horror genre until I read Shade, but after enjoying both I will definitely keep my eye open for more.

BrineS said...

Christian and Horror...two words that do NOT belong together. It's either one or the other. They just don't go hand in hand. You are either walking in the Light or in the Darkness. Not both. As Christians, this genre has no place in our lives. Where is the fruit if the Spirit? Where is Christ in it? I have a hard time understanding how a Believer could write something so demonic. It is not of God. As Christians, we are set apart and should be separated from such things. How does this genre glorify God?

crittyjoy said...

:o) I too don't quite understand the horror concept...glad to know I am not the only one who enjoys romance and suspense together.

Hope you have a great week (and your giveaway is too cute!)

Dawn said...

Hmmm, "Christian horror" does seem like an oxymoron, doesn't it?

Greg "The Undead Rat" Fisher said...


A few weeks ago I read a great book titled Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee. I found out about it by attending a chat with her. She is an evangelical Christian who wrote a story about a demon telling the creation story from the fallen's point of view. Tosca was rejected by every secular publisher and then NavPress a Christian Publishing company asked to publish it. Ms. Lee never expected a Christian Press would be willing to touch it -- but they did.

I loved reading it. It was such a different view of a familiar story that I really paid close attention to it. The demon was seductive but the further you read the creepier it became. Yet I could see why Clay -- a burnt out editor that the demon has selected to write his story -- would have trouble knowing what was the right thing to do and ultimately fears not just for his life but for his soul.

It was well written, entertaining and horrific. And it started me thinking seriously about my own faith.

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