Not for Nothing, But What in the World is the ‘Christian Horror Genre’?

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There is a press release out today, with the headline: “Just in Time for Halloween, Award Winning Author Releases Book in the Christian Horror Genre” — really? There’s a “Christian horror genre”?!

Here’s what publisher Athanatos Christian Ministries’ Directory Anthony Horvath says:

“From the horrors of the Holocaust to abortion on demand to any number of incidents in human history, there is much to terrify us–about ourselves. Add to that the reality of the supernatural, and I think it is safe to say that there is a sense in which we ignore the ‘horror genre’ at our peril. It’s clear that as Christians, we cannot follow Stephen King wherever he goes, but at the same time, the real world is often a terrible place, and Christians need to wrestle with that fact and its implications.”

And from the author Chris Morrow himself:

“Sometimes people raise an eyebrow when I tell them I’m a Christian horror writer,” says Morrow, “but the truth is that we live in a pretty scary world. And honestly, if there is anyone who should be open to the existence of supernatural evil, it’s Christians. The Bible is full of it.”

“The story revolves around two primary characters, Melanie Elarton, a young college student with some unique abilities, and Ari, an investigator with an interesting past. The bulk of the story takes place in present day in a small town in rural Kansas. The story comes to a head on the night of the town’s annual Halloween masquerade ball.”

Must everything be “Christianized”? Can this book not simply be a horror title written by a Christian author… Christians are described in the Bible as “aliens” and strangers in this world because God’s Kingdom is not of this world, and therefore neither are we. But just because we are called to be iconoclastic with cultural and societal norms, it doesn’t mean we have to pretend we live in an alternative universe. Are readers to assume that this story takes place in some sort of Christian fantasy land, or the real world in which we live? Give us real characters, living in the real world who stand for Christ… no need to teletransport everyone to a “Christian planet” where God’s Kingdom is the norm.

Having said all that, though, I have read the book and most likely will not. If you are curious, however: “The Devil’s Choir,” will be released first as an ebook with a print edition due out on January 18th, 2013.

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