Horror Comics and Religion

Essays on Framing the Monstrous and the Divine

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About the Book

While many genres offer the potential for theological reflection and exploration of religious issues, the nature of horror provides unique ways to wrestle with these questions. Since the EC Comics of the 1950s, horror comics have performed theological work in ways that are sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle, but frequently surprising and provocative.
This collection brings together essays covering the history of horror comics, from the 1950s to the present, with a focus on their engagement with religious and theological issues. Essays explore topics such as the morality of the EC Comics, cosmic indifference in the works of Junji Ito, the reincarnated demons of the web-comic “The Devil is a Handsome Man,” religion and racial horror in comic voodoo, and much more.

About the Author(s)

Brandon R. Grafius is associate professor of biblical studies and academic dean at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit. He has written widely on the intersection of horror and religion, including such publications as Tor.com, Salon.com, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
John W. Morehead is an independent scholar who specializes in new religious movements, the intersection of religion and popular culture, and interreligious conflict. He lives in Syracuse, Utah.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Brandon R. Grafius and John W. Morehead. Series Editor Matthew Brake
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9637-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5414-0
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Studies in Comics and Religion