…someone who likes religious themes.
Uh oh… Hey, Colum! This one’s all yours, man.
See, I grew up steeped in “churchy” literature, and found myself gravitating towards religious themed horror stories at an early age. Hell, the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke all have an account of Jesus basically slaying demons in a wicked little William Peter Blatty kind of way. And don’t get me started on The Book of Revelation…
That said, there are a lot of great little stories with religious themes out there. Here, then, are a couple of our favorites.
Hmmm… Someone who like religious themes? If they’re well versed in religious literature and belief, I’d throw them a copy of The Exorcist just to watch them squirm. Personally, I’ve read this book way too many times, and am still absolutely terrified by it. The religious aspect really drives the horror home, in my opinion, and require absolutely no suspension of disbelief in order to be truly frightening.
If they’re digging something non-fiction, but still on the religious theme, I’d send ’em a copy of The Dark Sacrament by Kiely and McKenna. For anyone who grew up in “The Church”, this one is going to be over-the-top scary. I read this one and still shiver whenever I see it sitting there on my bookshelf. Absolutely terrifying.
Pat weighed in on this one as well, adding:
The Baby Jesus Butt Plug by bizarro writer, Carlton Mellick III. A short and blisteringly funny story about a baby Jesus clone that is used to satisfy the anal urges of a very naughty couple. Fun for the whole family!
All Hallow’s Read is a book-giving tradition thought up by author Neil Gaiman. We’ll be making book suggestions all month long in case you need ideas!
Baby Jesus Butt Plug was the second story I read by Mellick. Had it been the first, I don’t know if I’d have tried anything else. That story was just wrong on so many different levels.
I understand he is an acquired taste, and the folks who really dig his work practically worship the man. I did enjoy my first taste of him, SATAN BURGER, enough so that I went out and bought a copy of ZOMBIES AND SHIT, which waits on my top shelf for its turn in the queue.