Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen

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Sacred Terror examines the religious elements lurking in horror films. It answers a simple but profound question: When there are so many other scary things around, why is religion so often used to tell a scary story? In this lucid, provocative book, Douglas Cowan argues that horror films are opportune vehicles for externalizing the fears that lie inside our religious selves: of evil; of the flesh; of sacred places; of a change in the sacred order; of the supernatural gone out of control; of death, dying badly, or not remaining dead; of fanaticism; and of the power--and the powerlessness--of religion.

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...both entertaining and important! -John Lyden

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Douglas E. Cowan (Ph.D. University of Calgary) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Renison College / University of Waterloo. The author of eight books, Cowan has most recently published Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (2007), Cyberhenge: Modern Pagan on the Internet (2005), and Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet (2004).

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