Nightmares with the Bible

The Good Book and Cinematic Demons

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Steve A. Wiggins
  • London: 
    Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
    , November
     254 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Michael Bertrand forthcoming.


Demons! Nightmares with the Bible views demons through two lenses: that of western religion and that of cinema. Sketching out the long fear of demons in western history, including the Bible, Steve A. Wiggins moves on to analyze how popular movies inform our beliefs about demonic forces. Beginning with the idea of possession, he explores the portrayal of demons from ancient Mesopotamia and the biblical world (including in select extra-biblical texts), and then examines the portrayal of demons in popular horror franchises The ConjuringThe Amityville Horror, and Paranormal Activity. In the final chapter, Wiggins looks at movies that followed The Exorcist and offers new perspectives for viewing possession and exorcism. Written in non-technical language, this book is intended for anyone interested in how demons are perceived and how popular culture informs those perceptions.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steve A. Wiggins is the author of Holy Horror: The Bible and Fear in Movies. He is an independent scholar.


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