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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 Conjuring, The 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
Steve A. Wiggins (PhD., University of Edinburgh) is the author of Holy Horror: The Bible and Fear in Movies. He is an independent scholar.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Introducing Demons
Chapter 2 Possession
Chapter 3 Demonic Beginnings
Chapter 4 Developing Demons
Chapter 5 New Testament Demons, the Devil, and Hell
Chapter 6 Setting the Stage: The Long Middle Ages
Chapter 7 Demons: No Laughing Matter
Chapter 8 The Conjuring Universe
Chapter 9 Amityville Horrors
Chapter 10 Paranormal Activities
Chapter 11 The Exorcist Franchise
Chapter 12 Aftermath