A Review of Horror Novel JENNIFER THE DAMNED by Karen Ullo

Jennifer the Damned by Karen Ullo

“I die a thousand deaths because I do not die.” From this opening epigraph from St. John of the Cross, Karen Ullo’s horror novel Jennifer the Damned sets the perfect tone for its intelligent, spiritually rich, and yet fast-paced story of a teen vampire coming to terms with two difficult realities: one, that she doesn’t have a soul (and … Read more…

Is It OK for Christians to Write Horror?

Can Christians Write Horror?

So Halloween is this Saturday, in case you haven’t noticed. Horror flicks cram the TVs and torrent queues. Witches, ghosts, bats and black cats grin from the billboards. This is the season of horror — and the season my fellow Christians take up their annual campaign against “devil worship.” Honestly — every year it confounds me. I’m a person who takes … Read more…

Sentimentality: Enemy of Catholic Writers Everywhere

NOTE: I’m sad to say that the article I’m responding to here — “The Sentimental Option: How Piety Can Betray Art” — is no longer available. (To which I respond, NOOOOOO!) Luckily I saved one of the passages in a blockquote below… — Here’s another great article on what Catholic fiction should and most of … Read more…

“We Are Inside the Great Story”: The Power of “Catholic” Fiction

I’m delighted to have come across this video tonight. It’s powerful and truthful, and it’s a must-watch for any Catholic artist (and any Christian artist, for that matter). It’s almost an hour but it’s worth it, I promise. Michael O’Brien on “Catholic Fiction and Restoring Culture” (56:59) One of my many favorite parts is when … Read more…