What Makes a Noir Novel? Considering Nightmare Alley

When I helped lead a presentation for Inkling Folk Fellowship on William Lindsay Gresham's novel Nightmare Alley, there were some sub-topics I wasn't sure would come up. There was a chance we would talk about the movie Shadowlands, or about how Gresham's spiritual journey compared to C.S. Lewis' spiritual journey. Since the 1947 movie Nightmare …

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William Lindsay Gresham: A Life

Today, I was part of a presentation by Inkling Folk Fellowship about Nightmare Alley, a bestselling noir novel by William Lindsay Gresham recently made into a film by Guillermo del Toro. Readers familiar with Shadowlands, the movie about C.S. Lewis' marriage to Joy Davidman Gresham, may know that William Gresham was her first husband. Gresham's …

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A Christmas Reflection, published by Fellowship & Fairydust

Several weeks ago, I was attending a writers' group meeting where we were each given a challenge: write a story about one of your strongest Christmas memories. I wasn't sure what to write about. The thing about being born in place, living in a different continent from age 3-10, plus various travels to Asia and …

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Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old compiled by Miriam LeBlanc

A post for Power Book Review, on a collection of Christmas stories that leave you thinking:

Power Book Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you want Christmas stories that capture the season without being syrupy, this book is for you.

🖋 🖋🖋🖋🖋 The writing is consistently good in every entry, and many authors show they are not afraid to show a sad situation before showing the goodness.


Authors: Henry Van Dyke,Pearl S. Buck,Beatrice Joy Chute,Ruth Sawyer,Elizabeth Goudge,Selma Lagerlöf,Rebecca Caudill,Madeleine L’Engle

Published October 5, 2021 by Plough Publishing

ISBN: 9780874860313

Genre: Fiction, Short Story Collection, Holiday Stories, Christian Fiction

🔪 Some stories occur in poverty scenes with stark imagery, or feature threats of violence that aren’t carried out.
💋 No sex scenes, little romance.
🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩A Trigger Warning: this book has references to alcoholism, sex with masochistic dialogue.


Christmas is a time that inspires many, and makes them reconsider just what they think about God (and more particularly, Jesus). For writers willing to lean into the questions that the season…

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Nightmare Alley meets That Hideous Strength

In my last post, I shared a book review of William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley, an under-read noir novel with an odd connection to the Inklings. A Pilgrim in Narnia just published a longer piece I wrote about the book and it's odd parallels to C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength. You can read it here: …

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Resurrecting a classic: My review of Nightmare Alley

As you probably know from reading many of my blog posts, I enjoy C.S. Lewis' work and am fascinating by his life. One of the odd side subjects in his story is that his wife, Joy Davidman, was originally married to New York writer William Lindsay Gresham. Gresham wrote a variety of things (everything from …

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Movie Review: The Most Reluctant Convert

https://eclalibraries.org/2021/11/27/the-most-reluctant-convert-the-untold-story-of-c-s-lewis/ On Friday, the Evangelical Church Library Association published my review of The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis. I've published over 300 book reviews in the last 5 years, but this is my first movie review, and it was gratifying using that opportunity to get the word out about an independent …

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