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Subject: Is there a such thing as Christian Horror?
Date Posted: 6/21/2009 4:01 AM ET
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thank you for your replies



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Date Posted: 6/21/2009 6:41 AM ET
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JMO...

I don't think you can put a vampire in something and call it Christian. A religious figure does not a Christian fiction make.

We wouldn't call The Exorcist "Christian," would we?

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 8:15 AM ET
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yes! Christian horror is a new genre...read this article for more info

http://noveljourney.blogspot.com/2008/10/is-christian-horror-becoming-trend.html

and vampires in Christian fiction?

Sue Dent and Eric Wilson have books about vampires that are Christian fiction

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 4:29 AM ET
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As long as it doesn't displease Jesus I'm all for it. If it does displease Jesus, well I suppose I should repent for it. I kinda don't want to go to hell when I die.

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 10:18 AM ET
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I guess I am kind of weird, because I have a hard time with Jesus and vampires  :)

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 12:00 PM ET
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I must be weird too, Pat, because I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that reading about 'Christian' vampires is glorying to God. No offense intended.

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 3:05 PM ET
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Sure, there's plenty of "Christian horror" out there. Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Kathryn Mackel, Eric Wilson, Robert Liparulo--just to name a few. I like (some of) it; you get the thrills, but there is also a deep message of the love of Christ. Of course, some "Christian" authors will leave out the thrill, or others may unintentionally leave out Jesus, but there are quite a few who get the balance just right.

As for vampires and Christian fiction: yeah, normally I would say they shouldn't go together. But Eric Wilson (the guy who wrote the novels for Facing the Giants, Flywheel, and Fireproof) has written an awesome book about vampires, and he actually gets it right. He doesn't glorify the vampires or vampirism: they're the bad guys, and Christ is working in the life of one girl who must overcome them. (The girl is not a vampire, by the way).

There are demons in the Bible, but Christ overpowers them every time. That is good, and that would be perfect ground for some Christian horror stories. However, if you wrote a story about a demon who wins in the end, then what point are you trying to make? Obviously, that goes against God and all He stands for.

These authors I mentioned do it right. They paint the darkness as black as they can only so that they can show how light Jesus really is. If the darkness isn't dark, how can the light be light? By setting a story in this context, they explore Christ's love and what His sacrifice on the cross really means.

I would say give it a try. Don't say "Oh, I'm not going to touch a Christian vampire story because I don't believe it could glorify God." Well, it can. It does. At least, Eric Wilson's did. Just because there is a vampire (or a demon, or what have you) in a story, doesn't mean it's going to be bad. Yes, most of them may be, I won't deny that. Just don't refuse something simply because you don't think it's possible.

Sorry about the rant. :) Obviously, it's up to each person to decide what they want to believe.

If you're interested in Eric's vampire book, it's called Field of Blood. The second in the trilogy, Haunt of Jackals, releases in July. They are deeply Christian, and I would recommend them to anyone who is tired of the same old same old. He even calls them the most Biblically based stories he's written. And if you really don't want to read about vampires, then read some of his other stuff, which is very good. One of my top recommended Christian authors.

And Jesse, if you write it and if it glorifies God (I mean the priest sacrifices himself so he won't kill anyone. That's a Christian theme if I've seen one), then I would say it definitely counts as "Christian horror."

 

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 11:37 AM ET
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First of all, just wanted to tell you not to give away too much info about your book (like title, etc) on a public forum.  Unfortunately, some people steal ideas.  Just a word of caution.  :)

I think Joel said it just right, and I agree with him.  I don't think any genre is off limits to a Christian author, as long as it's done correctly.  I read a lot of Ted Dekker, and he is somewhat "dark" at times..But I love him.

Plus, I don't have a problem with vampires and Christians.  After all, it is fiction, right?  I read other vampire books, and I would actually love to come across a vampire book written with Christian perspective.  If you ever get it written, let me know as I would love to read it!  :)



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Date Posted: 6/27/2009 11:38 AM ET
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Joel, thanks for the heads up on Eric Wilson's book!  I had no idea he had one out like that.  I'm going to check it out.  :)

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 3:07 PM ET
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Patricia, I love Ted's stuff, too.

You're welcome! You really should check out what Eric's done. It's a lot like Dekker, though more complex and slightly slower paced. The twists are just as earthshaking, though, and as an author, he's right up there with Dekker. Possibly past him, in my opinion.

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 1:26 PM ET
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If you want a vampire story from a Christian perspective, check out "Shade" by John B. Olsen. 

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 6:14 PM ET
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Shade is on my wishlist. There's a sequel coming out soon, too.