1. J.M. Hackman says:

    My guess is it would be banned by the most conservative, no matter how compelling the story. If there was a theme of redemption woven through the tale, perhaps the more liberal would accept it. It’s hard to predict.

    • notleia says:

      Well, it would be hard to predict the individual’s response. For the Establishment(s), I’m leaning towards such a story being dead on arrival, if only based on the fact that The Exorcist isn’t Approved By the Gatekeepers That Be. That’s even despite Frank Peretti’s stuff being a reasonably good seller in that market: Peretti just isn’t an envelope-pusher, not compared to horror benchmarks like Stephen King.

      • Mark Carver says:

        I wonder if any Christian bookstores would sell a factual account of a demon possession. Probably not; I think the “heaven tourism” genre is the big seller these days.

  2. audie says:

    As someone who is a rather conservative Christian, and sees no reason to apologize for that, I have to wonder why an account would need “withering obscenities and graphic vulgarity” to be considered real. There are several accounts in the Bible of possessions, but they don’t offer us such tantalizing details, and maybe we are better for it.

    I don’t have to look at the words and actions of a demoniac to find obscenities and vulgarities. I can simply look at the normal world, the world that celebrates and normalizes sexual perversions, that looks at evils and call them good. More then that, I can look in myself, and see all kinds of obscene and vulgar sins.

    There may be some good, as story-tellers, in trying to make sin appear sinful. But there are lines that we can cross into glorifying sins, a line I crossed in some of my early writing attempts, things I’ve had to repent of.

What do you think?