I have a confession. For the first time since participating in the CSFF blog tour, I haven’t read the featured book–the reason being genre. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a follower of Mike’s blog and appreciate his thoughtful discussions of various issues related to faith and writing, and I have every reason to believe I would enjoy his fiction writing style as well. It’s just that I don’t read “supernatural suspense”–the Christian term for horror. The few times I’ve attempted to read in the genre, I’ve regretted it. By no means do I think Christian horror is intrinsically flawed, but it reminds me too much of recurring nightmares and childhood fears to make it an entertaining or even thought-provoking reading experience. My vivid imagination needs no further provocation regarding the dark side of the supernatural realm, however redemptive the conclusion. So after hearing The Resurrection branded as horror and hearing reviewers speak of it as creepy/eerie and refer to ghosts and the occult, I determined this wasn’t a book for me.
That said, I’m still excited about the tour. I expect interesting discussion to come forth, and I look forward to hearing the perspective of those who have read the tale. In addition, I know there are many who love this genre, and I’m happy to see writers entering this realm and addressing the realities of the supernatural world around us in a way that (presumably) portrays the reality of darkness without glorifying it. In fact, from the description of the book, it sounds like The Resurrection is equally swift to highlight the astounding ways God moves in the world around us as it is the realities of the demonic realm. So those of you who enjoy this genre of supernatural suspense/horror will want to visit this one. Here’s a bit about the book:
When Ruby Case raises a boy from the dead, she creates uproar in the quiet coastal town of Stonetree. Some brand her a witch; others, a godsend. But the controversy is just the beginning. For this resurrection has awakened more than just a dead boy…
Reverend Ian Clark does not believe in miracles. Haunted by demons, both past and present, he is resigning from the ministry and has no interest in the city’s spiritual climate, much less its urban legends. But he is about to get a wake-up call…
As Ruby and Reverend Clark are thrust into a desperate search for answers, they quickly realize that the forces unleashed by Ruby now threaten to destroy them. Can they overcome their own brokenness before they—and the entire town—become victims of this insidious evil?
Since I’ve shared from the perspective of one who doesn’t read horror, I’d like to hear from those who enjoy the genre. What about the genre appeals to you? And did you feel that this book was a horror novel, or was the genre label a misnomer? If you’re more like me and don’t usually read this sort of tale, you’re still free to add your thoughts to the mix!
I also invite you to come back Wednesday and hear what the author has to say about Christian horror and his response to arguments against the genre.
For more discussion on The Resurrection, visit some of the tour participants below:
Book Reviews By Molly
Christian Fiction Book Reviews
Carol Bruce Collett
CSFF Blog Tour
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte