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Revisiting Christian Horror

Rather than trying to re-say what I just read, I want to encourage you to click over to Mike Duran’s blog and read his post on Christian Horror. Ideally, you’d come back to Spec Faith and discuss the subject. This […]

Rather than trying to re-say what I just read, I want to encourage you to click over to Mike Duran’s blog and read his post on Christian Horror.

Ideally, you’d come back to Spec Faith and discuss the subject. This subject has come up here before, but I have to be honest, I’ve done some rethinking of my views.

However, one thing I do believe. Some writers take fantasy to the dark side and eventually that trend kills the genre.

Horror, even Christian horror, is a smaller segment of a larger subset. While I recognize the talent of the authors Mike mentions, and I agree in principle with his final point, I grieve for the genre because I believe the advance of horror will bring the death throes of all fantasy.

Why is that? Why, if Christian horror in particular, has redemptive qualities, would readers steer away from it? I have my theories, but I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Best known for her aspirations as an epic fantasy author, Becky is the sole remaining founding member of Speculative Faith. Besides contributing weekly articles here, she blogs Monday through Friday at A Christian Worldview of Fiction. She works as a freelance writer and editor and posts writing tips as well as information about her editing services at Rewrite, Reword, Rework.

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