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Does Art Need to Make Us Feel Safe?

Safety has become a very important concept in Christian entertainment. Pick up any Christian parenting magazine that talks about healthy entertainment for your kids, any online guide to what entertainment Christians should or shouldn't indulge in, and you'll find it can almost all be summed up as, "anything outside this very specific zone is unhealthy …

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C.S. Lewis and the King of Gothic Horror

C.S. Lewis and gothic horror? One of these things does not sound like the other. That's what I was thinking five years ago, where I started reading a book called Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett. Among other things it suggested that Fisher, probably best-known today for his gothic horror films made …

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George Lucas, Apocalypse Now, and Early Films

If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I like exploring the nooks and crannies where most don't venture. Whether it's little-known comedy screenwriters who created classic horror movies, underrated rock musicians, or poets who wrote fantasy novels about whales, I will gladly dive into a little-known subject and mine it for …

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C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and other Christians Who Wrote Scary Books

This being the month of Halloween, it's a time to write about scary things. This year, I've talked about writers like Dorothy L. Sayers who were associated with the Inklings and sometimes wrote about dark things. At the very end of last year, I wrote about the dark, fascinating novel Nightmare Alley and its interesting …

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Frank Peretti and William Peter Blatty: A Compare and Contrast

Six years ago, I did a blog post about William Peter Blatty, the writer who provided one of the funniest movies ever made (A Shot in the Dark) and one of the scariest movies ever made (The Exorcist). I was mostly interested in the fact that Blatty had these two sides to his writing ability …

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Rock & Roll, Christian Rock and Spiritual Honesty: Remembering The Call’s Michael Been

He was school friends with Jon Belushi and he won against Belushi in a comedy competition. His band toured with Peter Gabriel, who called the band "the future of American music." His collaborators included not just Gabriel, but also Robbie Robertson, Bono, and Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. Despite being a Christian who wrote insightful …

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Great Fantasy Writers (Who Aren’t CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien)

It probably goes without saying that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien changed fantasy with their works. While a lot has been written about their works, a lot less has been said about other Inklings like Charles Williams and Owen Barfield, or about the fantasy writers who were influenced by them. Writers like Walter Wangerin, Robert …

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An introductory article on Charles Williams

Charles Williams was an interesting fellow. He wrote supernatural thrillers about murders in publishing houses that turn out to be connected to the holy grail. He wrote theology books that usually called God mystical names like "the Omnipotence." He was great friends with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and probably the only Inkling who was …

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Thoughts on Daniel Lowry’s The Green Knight

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis played an important part in exposing me to fantasy literature, as did T.H. White with his Arthurian writings. They're not only great fantasy authors, but their work provides a great lens for asking important questions about Arthurian books and movies. Is a real warrior just a fighter, or someone like …

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