In his latest book, America’s Dark Theologian: The Religious Imagination of Stephen King, Cowan parlays the broad religious groundwork of Sacred Terror into an intensive examination of King and the 71-year-old bestselling author’s belief “in the power of narrative, the ability of a well-told story to affect people at the most profound levels."
With its critical success and Oscar wins for Best Picture and Best Director, Guillermo del Toro's THE SHAPE OF WATER elevated the art of the horror genre in the eyes of moviegoers worldwide and positioned the director as a type of pop culture priest, an oracle of the monstrous creating horrific narratives that help us identify and empathize with humanity in these troubled times.
Stephen King is as popular today as he was thirty years ago. But why? Jess Peacock examines the Master of Horror's uncanny ability to tap into cultural truths and fears...and what that means for the reader.