Remembering the Real Halloween

By |2018-10-30T23:01:26-05:00October 31st, 2014|Tags: |

As a teller and writer of ghostly tales, I celebrate Halloween with enthusiasm. Every October 31, as many as 400 trick-or-treaters have found their way to our tall Italianate house in a decayed village in Michigan these past two decades, and we have both tricked and treated them, to their dreadful joy. Such amiable [...]

Darkness Visible: Exorcism Films and the Iconography of Evil

By |2018-09-29T10:19:08-05:00July 13th, 2014|Tags: |

Popular culture is awash with the horror genre. Television shows, video games, movies and literature on the occult gush forth seeming to make the ironic point that the more our society becomes scientifically secular the more appetite there is for the supernatural. It seems impossible to avoid the tsunami of paranormal investigators, zombies, vampires [...]

King for a Day

By |2015-01-07T14:21:57-05:00September 16th, 2013|Tags: |

At the beginning of this calendar year, I was near campus on my usual daily 4-mile constitutional, earbuds in ears, my mind a million miles away. “Hi Brad, what are you listening to?” a rather famous visiting scholar asked me, seemingly from out of nowhere. Hoping to move to another topic very quickly, I responded dismissively, [...]