Monthly Archives: March 2012

Snow White and Rose Red: Origins and Variants (Part One of Three)

In the past, I’ve done in-depth explorations of Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel, and many of you expressed interest in similar series examining other fairy tales. So I’m pleased to highlight Snow White and Rose Red, a story that … Continue reading

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Night of the Living Dead Christian,
Day 3: A Review

Story Overview (back cover copy) What does a transformed life actually look like? In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos tackles this question in an entertaining and thought-provoking way—with MONSTERS!!! While Christians claim to experience Christ’s … Continue reading

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Night of the Living Dead Christian,
Day 1: Symbolism of the Undead

Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour, March 2012

At one time, zombies, vampires, and werewolves used to be staples of the horror genre. In more recent years, they’ve begun to turn up in paranormal romance, often as desirable love interests. But Matt Mikalatos avoids both horror and romance … Continue reading

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Through the Window

Inspiring Objects

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Whether intricate mosaics of color, … Continue reading

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Introducing Non-Fantasy Readers
to Speculative Fiction

As a life-long reader of fantasy, most of the genre conventions seem normal to me. Strange names, new languages, different rules of reality, the period of orientation to a fantastic realm–none of these things make me think twice. The “weird” … Continue reading

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Smith of Wootton Major:
A Beauty that Haunts

“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy … Continue reading

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Inspiration from Sleep

When I was in college, one of my professors shared a story about Benjamin Franklin. It seems that Franklin observed that his times of heightened creativity and problem-solving occurred when he was close to sleep or in the stage between … Continue reading

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Does Christianity Stifle the Imagination?

Through the years, speculative writers have created fantastic tales. At the hands of these storytellers, gleaming threads of imagination are woven together to craft visions that engage and inspire. And yet, the greatest speculations and imaginings of mankind, fashioned into … Continue reading

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On Writing Contests

This year, I’m volunteering as the speculative fiction category coordinator for the ACFW Genesis contest, and I’ve enjoyed participating in something I know benefits fellow writers of speculative fiction. Today all entries had to go out to judges, so I’ve … Continue reading

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What Makes a Scene Memorable?

Amid the hundreds of books I’ve read over the years, certain scenes and passages linger in my memory. With little prompting I can bring them to recall, with all their attendant emotions–no matter how long it’s been since I read … Continue reading

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