So apparently, there are raised eyebrows, stinkfaces, and a big collective “huh?” whenever the question of faith is mentioned in my presence. Apparently, some of you have read my writing. And given that, I suppose I could see why it’s a little hard for some to believe that I’m a Christian.
I get the question from both sides, although not much. And I hope that the infrequency of the conversation means that the writing world (particularly the indie part of it) has fewer and fewer qualms with which faith (if any) an author stakes their claim in. But yes, there is a huge HUH? to be leaped over when fellow horror writers or readers discover this about me. Similarly, folks at my church (it’s a pretty big one) wonder how I can balance the two.
I could go on and on trying to explain it, but the ever-talented Mr. Maurice Broaddus already did it in this awesome post.
As with Maurice’s post and my own writing, I am also not talking about “christian horror.” I have read some and truth be told…meh. Not too impressive from what I’ve seen. There’s a fine line to be culled somewhere between traditional horror and Christian horror and I don’t know that anyone has successfully found it yet. But I digress…
With the exception of one other post in the 4 year history of this blog, I don’t think I’ve ever talked this blatantly about my faith and the topic of religion. (Note: I hate the term “religion” because I hate religion. “Religion” is the reason most vocal Christians get a bad rep in the media…although truth be told, a few probably deserve it. Confused yet?…feel free to shoot me an e-mail, as this is something I could go on and on about).
As of late, certain things have been developing in my life that have had me going back to Maurice’s post. It makes a lot of sense to me and answers a lot of question in terms of the horror writer vs. Christian battle royal that is often played out in my head.
Most of you that are going to read this post either already knew this about me or, even if you didn’t, are cool enough to not let it sway you one way or the other. I still write the same sort of stuff…although maybe not quite as dark in the past 2 years or so. I have not stopped associating with atheist friends (hey, I was once one of them!), nor do I think I am better than them as Christians are often stereotyped as doing. And I still enjoy the same sort of books and movies.
But the question remains…does the label of “Christian” on an author make you think one way or the other about them? And if so, why?
(Note no. 2: this post loosely inspired by tweets between Robert Swartwood and KV Taylor in regards to this unfortunate church sign).