The Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy (CSFF) Blog Tour of my novel The Resurrection is in full swing. It’s both exciting and unnerving to have so many people talking about and analyzing your book all at once. It’s also fascinating to see the various angles and emphases readers extract from the book. Or don’t. Here’s a sampling of some of the discussions that have ensued over the last couple of days (and a song list to boot).
On day one of the tour, Becky Miller used the novel to discuss charismatic phenomenon (prophecy, tongues, miracles, etc.) and Christians’ responses to said gifts. It led to a lively discussion. You can see Becky’s post HERE. Novelist Bruce Hennigan has written three very extensive posts about the themes of the book. Here’s 1, 2, and 3. Thanks, Bruce! Really nice work! And a good discussion ensued at David Wilson’s site regarding the occult elements in the story and whether or not the protag’s followed a biblical precedent in how they dealt with them. Thanks, David. Also, blogging buddy Jason Joyner not only reviewed my novel, he conducted an interview with me regarding the book. We go into detail about some of the story elements. You can find Part One of the interview HERE.
Mixed responses to the book being referred to as part of the Horror Genre. Carol Keen said,
I just found out that some are thinking this is a horror story. I don’t see that. To my mind horror movies are all blood, guts, killing and hatred, Satan and no God, no redemption. There is plenty of redemption in this book.
Blogging friend Jessica Thomas suggested, in Part Two of her review, that the book wasn’t scary enough:
In my opinion, The Resurrection wasn’t as spooky as Frank Peretti’s The Oath, which gave me nightmares… My main gripe with the story was that I wanted more supernatural elements. I guess when it comes down to it, I want a supernatural thriller to give me nightmares.
On the other hand, Sarah Sawyer is so leery of the horror genre, she did not read the book. She admitted in her post,
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.
I wonder if these different responses aren’t indicative of one of the reasons why Christian Horror struggles for traction in the Christian market. Is it too scary or not scary enough? (Sounds like a good blog topic, huh?) For those who are interested in this discussion, today I am guest blogging at Sarah Sawyer’s site with a piece entitled “The Argument Against Christian Horror — a Response.” Check it out!
John Otte takes a good critical look at what he felt was a flaw in the story and then moves to a doctrinal critique of my argument for the possibility of ghosts, concluding that my first novel is a “less-than-impressive book.” Contrast this with Nikole Hahn’s review:
The characters endeared themselves to me. It’s a week later and I am still thinking about them… As much as I tried, I could not find anything I didn’t like about this book. It’s earned a permanent spot on my library.
Aren’t reviews fun?
Anyway, Nikole liked my stuff enough to ask me to guest blog on her site, which I did, in a post entitled “Why We Need Supernatural Fiction.”
And on a more humorous note, Steve Trower compiled a list of the Top Ten Resurrection Songs. And, no, none of them are from Duran Duran. Lots of fun, Steve!
Anyway, you can find links to all the participant’s blogs at the CSFF site. Thanks to all those who have participated. And a special hats off to Becky Miller for spearheading this thing and her enthusiasm to see Christian writers and Christian fiction succeed. Thanks Becky.