Graphite sketch of Charles Williams. Sketch by Gabriel Connor Salter, released into the public domain

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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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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Cover image for The Faithful Imagination: Papers from the 2018 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends. See book at https://www.amazon.com/Faithful-Imagination-Frances-Colloquium-Friends/dp/1935688308/

The Faithful Imagination: Papers from a C.S. Lewis Conference

While studying at Taylor University, I got to present a few papers at their C.S. Lewis Center. The Center also hosts a great conference every two years for Inklings scholars. They just recently published a book of essays and fiction presented at the 2018 conference, including a great paper by John Stanifer on C.S. Lewis …

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Books and Articles on Friendship Despite Differences

When I gave a talk recently about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien's friendship, someone commented afterwards that they really liked how the two men were able to freely discuss their differences as friends. Because I enjoy leaning into controversial topics (such as recent article about "atheist" movies), I've read a variety of books about people …

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Tolkien and Lewis Friendship Presentation

As you may know from reading my other posts, I've gotten to give several presentations about the Inklings the last few years. I've compared C.S. Lewis to Terence Fisher, and talked about how Tolkien's work compares to writers like H.P. Lovecraft and T.H. White. Today, I got to give a talk at Taylor University's C.S. Lewis Center about …

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Graphic created for 2018 talk at Taylor University's Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends. Both images used are public domain.

Lovecraft and Tolkien Presentation

Today, I had the pleasure of giving a compare and contrast presentation on H.P. Lovecraft and J.R.R. Tolkien at Taylor University: Lovecraft & Tolkien: Dread, Horror, and Human Flourishing You can read the text of the presentation at the link above, or see a video of the presentation if you prefer. Here are some photos of …

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3 Lessons We Can Learn From CS Lewis Today

C.S. Lewis has hugely influenced Christian thought. Christianity Today voted Mere Christianity the best Christian book of the 20th Century , and The New York Times described Lewis as one of Christian history's most influential members in terms of how many people his work has lead to faith. At the same time, there are always …

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5 Story Elements From Arabian Nights

“Not another elf!” Hugo Dyson said that while listening to J.R.R. Tolkien read "Lord of the Rings" in  Inklings meetings. While I disagree with Dyson’s assessment, I must admit it’s been tempting to repeat that phrase when reading modern fantasy. Since Tolkien published his epic in 1954, many fantasy writers have imitated his style --British/Germanic folklore …

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