Ghosts

"There are more things in heaven and on earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in our philosophy." – Hamlet (William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 1, scene 5) It's a phenomenon at least as old as written history. You're alone in a house, and yet you don't feel alone. You see a shadow, or perhaps a strange reflection … Continue reading Ghosts

The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis, Part 2

I was talking with a coworker recently. An English major when he was in college who loves writing stories and reading Dostoevsky, he is now studying at the seminary in order to hopefully plant a church overseas someday. We spoke of stories we liked and environments that seemed to inspire us, like gothic buildings and … Continue reading The Artist-Pastor Identity Crisis, Part 2

Cinema Gothic: The 1950s

In the 1950s, Universal ventured into new waters with The Creature from the Black Lagoon, while a small studio in England reinvented the characters that had made Universal great for a new generation.

Cinema Gothic: The 1940s

Even as the world faced its own terrors with the most expansive war in history, Hollywood continued to make modes of escape, even if it had to slash budgets to do so. Smaller budgets, however, did not prevent some real gems from emerging.