Religion and Its Monsters
Religion's great and powerful mystery fascinates us, but it also terrifies. So too the monsters that haunt the stories of the Judeo-Christian mythos and earlier traditions: Leviathan, Behemoth, dragons, and other beasts. In this unusual and provocative book, Timothy K. Beal writes about the monsters that lurk in our religious texts, and about how monsters and religion are deeply entwined. Horror and faith are inextricable. Ans as monsters are part of religious texts and traditions, so religion lurks in the modern horror genre, from its birth in Dante's Inferno to the contemporary spookiness of H.P. Lovecraft and the Hellraiser films. Religion and Its Monsters is essential reading for students of religion and popular culture, as well as any readers with an interest in horror.
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Review: Religion and Its MonstersUser Review - Stealth.librarian - Goodreads
Overall, I had to like it at a base level bc it was so readable. Tim Beal seems to be a very good academic writer (yay!) and that really comes out. In addition, the book was just interesting. However ... Read full review
Review: Religion and Its MonstersUser Review - Goodreads
Respectful but insightful analysis of Abrahamic traditions, monsters, and horror tropes. Best textbook I've ever been assigned. Ludicrously readable. Read full review