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Acumen Publishing
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May 2014
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Demons, devils, spirits and vampires are present throughout popular Western culture in film, music and literature. Their religious significance has only recently begun to be explored. The Lure of the Darkside brings together the work of some of the most important and creative scholars in the field of Biblical and Religious Studies. The essays explore demonology in popular culture from a range of perspectives: Satanism within contemporary music; the relationship between hymn and horror film; the career of Hannibal Lecter; the portrayal of Satan in films about Christ; and spiritual perversion in the Harry Potter Stories. This fresh and ground-breaking volume will be of interest to students of religious studies and theology, as well as literary and popular culture.


"An important book that is unashamed to ask what musicians, movie-makers and novelists are saying about the demonic and how their views affect religious outlooks.'"

Source: Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception

"The research presented in this anthology is worthy of advanced students of the subject, but the language, style and overall clarity of presentation makes it accessible to the generalist. All of the papers are of unquestionable value to scholars of many aspects of popular culture, including music, art history, literature, and film, as well as religion.'"

Source: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

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