By Mike Duran
To so much, the time period “Christian horror” most likely appears like an oxymoron. however, there are first-class arguments to be made that “horror” is an eminently biblical style and that Christian artists will be on the vanguard of reclaiming it. during this paintings, novelist Mike Duran explores the Judeo-Christian roots of latest horror, the spiritual issues that body a lot of the horror artwork, and the way evangelical tradition has come to distance itself from the sort of probably wealthy and robust medium. Duran appears to be like at Christian artists and authors whose works hire the macabre and gruesome. From surrealist Hieronymus Bosch to Southern Gothicist Flannery O'Connor to the grasp of horror Stephen King, we will be able to hint a noticeably biblical worldview that frames their visions of terror. alongside the way in which, Duran solutions objections whereas constructing an apologetic, now not for a brand new sub-genre, yet for a rethinking of the explanations that "Christian horror" has grow to be considered as such an oxymoron.
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