Sent forth from the mountain of Protestantia evangelica, I have checked the other mountains of Ecclesia. Time to report back.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Never Ceese 1: Intro
Sue Dent's Never Ceese is a horror story about a vampire and a werewolf and the possibility that they may escape their respective curses. (The vampire, Richard, is more reluctant about this than Ceese, the werewolf.) There's a reasonable amount of action, and the characters are engaging; the language is a bit rough, especially toward the end, and the nature of the action might bother some people, but probably not actual horror fans. We also have a mad scientist who is out to harness the curse for his own twisted end. How twisted? Well, let's just say he can't sit down without screwing himself into the chair.
Someone else on the tour will likely go further into the plot, so I'll deal largely with the stuff that other people usually can't be bothered to think about. For example, this is written by a Christian, so the theology involved is worth a look--and it's tricky, to say the least.
I've dealt with the theology of horror in general and of vampires and werewolves in particular before. You really ought to look at those posts, but for now, a quick recap: Horror is the most theological fiction genre other than perhaps allegory, because it deals with the Big Issues (Life, Death, Free Will, Fate, etc.). I consider lycanthropy as usually presented to be theologically troublesome, but it could be a good allegory for sin. I generally prefer vampire theology, though the old and theologically straightforward version is seldom found these days.
Tomorrow, I'll look at something that puzzled me a lot: is Richard (the vampire) fundamentally dead or alive?