Have you ever had one of those weeks where you forgot what day it was? (Come on, now, it’s a pandemic—you can admit it!) I spent yesterday unaware that it was Tuesday. Tuesday is important because I knew that The Incarcerated Christian was going to be posting my interview on Holy Horror on their podcast. It’s live now—give a listen! I’ve been toying with rebooting my own podcasts, but like most other things in life I just can’t find the time to do it. I still enjoy talking about my ideas and I thank Robin Mitchell Stroud and Debra Levy Martinelli for allowing me to yak their ears off for an hour. There are many interesting podcasts on their site, so it you decide to listen the interview be sure to hang around a while and explore.
My hosts understand that Holy Horror was written for general readers, if not priced for them. Being asked questions keeps you sharp, and sometimes it feels like my blade has been dulled from sitting in the drawer too long. At the risk of sounding too biblical, iron sharpen iron, right? Conversation is increasingly important in a polarized world where minds are already made up and the preferred solution is to hate others based on differences of opinion. Why not talk about things? Interviews also keep me sharp in asking about things I wrote years ago. It may not seem like it, but the main body of Holy Horror was finished nearly five years ago. Books take a long time to write and then a long time to publish. It’s good to be asked about what one has written.
The questions asked on this interview were well thought out and reflective. I can only hope that my responses were the same. If you decide to listen and like what you hear, please share it with others. The interview actually spilled over into a part two that will be posted in a couple weeks. There’s a lot to say about religion and horror. I’ve continued to watch movies since the interview and I notice further affirmations. The Wicker Tree, for example, is a very biblical movie. Or at least it quotes from the Bible quite a bit. Holy Horror was very much an experiment on my part to find out if there was any room for a book like this. After I wrote it I found others shared some interest in these topics, and two people cared enough to schedule an interview about it. Please give it a listen.