Chinchuba: Truth in the Dark

Scott Derrickson is a Christian filmmaker. Interestingly enough, he mostly makes horror films. (“Dr. Strange” and the Keanu Reeves version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”  are exceptions.) Derrickson’s films are not made for exclusively Christian audiences, and they do not appear to be Read More …

Chinchuba Connections: Voodoo Priests and Dark Powers

This week, I’ve been writing about the inspirations behind Mike Casey’s horror novel, Chinchuba. I published it for him back in 2005. It has been sitting on its virtual shelf on Amazon for the past few years, and I thought it was time to revive Read More …

Chinchuba Connections: Ghostly White Alligators

What is it about big, white animals that makes them more beautiful and more terrifying than big, normally-colored animals? Herman Melvile pontificated at length about that very subject in the forty-second chapter of Moby Dick. Since Mr. Melville covered the psychology of big, white, scary Read More …

Haunted Summer Inspirations: Japan Bombed Oregon?

In Haunted Summer, one of the characters sees a spectral World War II-era Japanese plane flying along the cost near the Washington-Oregon border. One of the accidental discoveries I made when I was doing research for the novel is that the Japanese really did launch Read More …