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 connections to C.S. Lewis’ novel That Hideous Strength.

I’ve also talked a few times about writers like William Peter Blatty, who wrote books about demons but was always more interested in the theological discussions that arose from discussing whether demons exists, than in the weird content that comes with discussing what demons look like. In that respect, Blatty’s well-known novel The Exorcist is a precursor to This Present Darkness, only published 13 years earlier with a less political edge.

If you regularly follow The Oddest Inkling, you’ll know that I’ve also written about Charles Williams’ strange and interesting thrillers and how they compare to one of Williams’ more famous contemporaries.

Recently, I got to write a Halloween article surveying that drew these interests together. “10 Horror novels by Christians for Halloween” listed a variety of scary books by authors like Lewis, Williams, Blatty and others, where they convey scary ideas alongside thought-provoking religious content. Here’s where you can read it:



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