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We Need to Look at the…Darkness…!

The New Authors Fellowship

Guest Blogger: HG Ferguson

“Wᴇ Nᴇᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ Lᴏᴏᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Lɪɢʜᴛ” has become sort of a rallying cry in some circles of those who write Christian speculative fiction (hereafter called spec fic). It has generated the obligatory “buzz” in the blogs and on its face, appears quite admirable. Its proponents maintain that since we are called to be children of Light, God’s Light, we should therefore shy away from any iteration of “darkness” in literature, in films, and even in our own writing.

This usually takes the form of a polemic against any and all iterations of horror, which is still an unacceptable genre in the minds of the majority of Christians, but it also morphs into other expressions. Recently a blog on Speculative Faith warned us of the danger of Darkness in Disney where poor Quasimodo was again brought to the wheel and whipped, metaphorically speaking. Much time was…

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