5 Spiritual Bookstores for Discovery and Enlightenment

Column by Stephanie Bonjack June 5, 2017
A visit to a new genre's headquarters is always worthwhile. Open your mind at your nearest spiritual bookshop.
Bookshots: 'The Speckled God' by Marc Joan

Bookshots: 'The Speckled God' by Marc Joan

Review by Stephanie Bonjack
Records show that what started as a financial audit back in 1975 ended in the disappearance of a young man. Follow the trail from Bombay to a southern tea plantation where mysterious events occurred.
New Bible Complete With Emojis

New Bible Complete With Emojis

News by Peter Derk June 1, 2016
New emoji Bible lets you be self-righteous AND obnoxiously millennial.

Every Anne Rice Novel Summarized in 140 Characters or Less

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky May 19, 2016
The Anne Rice oeuvre gets the Twitter treatment for the uninitiated.
The Great Controversy dumped on Chicago

600,000 Religious Books Dumped On Chicagoans

News by Peter Derk March 24, 2016
Chicago gets "gift" of 600,000 religious books.

LURID: Fear The Preacher — In Fiction and Beyond

Column by Karina Wilson February 22, 2016
The Preacher is a fixture in American film and fiction. Lurid takes a look at why he's such an inherently sinister - or totally badass - figure in our cultural landscape.
Bookshots: 'Coming of Age at the End of Days' by Alice LaPlante

Bookshots: 'Coming of Age at the End of Days' by Alice LaPlante

Review by Leah Dearborn
LaPlante paints a surreal profile of suburban California where religious groups worship in abandoned malls, where modern Silicon Valley clashes oddly with the apocalyptic visions of dark prophets.
Tennessee’s Bill for Bible as Official Book Denied

Tennessee’s Bill for Bible as Official Book Denied

News by Raine Winters April 20, 2015
Looks like state won out over church this time.
Tennessee Names Bible as Official State Book

Tennessee Names Bible as Official State Book

News by Raine Winters April 17, 2015
What happened to separation of church and state?
Boy Who Came Back From Heaven Never Actually Went

Boy Who Came Back From Heaven Never Actually Went

News by Peter Derk January 19, 2015
Are these heavenly tourism books a bunch of Malarkey?
The Satanic Children's Big Book Of Activities

Go Cerberus, Go!: The Satanic Children's Big Book Of Activities

News by Peter Derk September 17, 2014
Go Cerberus, Go! Satanist group plans to hand out activity books for kids.
School Teacher Steals Christian Romance, Sexes It Up

School Teacher Steals Christian Romance, Sexes It Up

News by Peter Derk September 10, 2014
An author claims that a schoolteacher stole her faith-based romance and turned it into an erotic tale.

Bible Thumping: The Good Book For Writers

Column by Peter Derk June 25, 2014
A quest to read The Bible as a writer begins with the task of figuring out just which Bible is the right one.
The Holy Bible Could Become Official State Book Of Louisiana

The Holy Bible Could Become Official State Book Of Louisiana

News by Peter Derk April 18, 2014
Louisiana lawmakers have taken the first steps to make the Holy Bible their official state book.
Bookshots: 'Demon Camp' by Jennifer Percy

Bookshots: 'Demon Camp' by Jennifer Percy

Review by Chris Rosales February 17, 2014
A Soldier's Exorcism.

Heaven Sent: Biblical Mythology and Fantasy

Column by Rajan Khanna December 9, 2013
Examples of mythology taken from Judeo-Christian scripture.
Bill O'Reilly kills Jesus

“God Told Me To Write About Jesus” - The Revelation of Bill O’Reilly

News by Dean Fetzer September 27, 2013
The author of ‘Killing Lincoln’ and ‘Killing Kennedy’ says the Holy Spirit gave him the title for his new book, ‘Killing Jesus’.
‘Harry Potter’ Comes ‘From Satan’, Claim Teen Exorcists

Harry Potter Comes From Satan, Claim Teen Exorcists

News by Dean Fetzer September 12, 2013
In a scenario fit for the Syfy channel, three teenage black belts on a mission from God have condemned the children’s books, insisting the spells in them “are real and come from witchcraft”.

What Would Jesus Write?

Column by Robbie Blair August 16, 2013
A pseudo-serious examination of who Jesus would be if he were a modern writer, one that answers questions about Jesus's genre, style, theme, and approach to publishing.

LURID: Boss Prophets - the Cult Narrative in Fact and Fiction

Column by Karina Wilson June 11, 2013
Are you a charismatic rogue with delusions of grandeur and a criminal record? Got followers? Religious cults make for compelling storytelling on both sides of the fact/fiction borderline.
Atheists Texts to Sit Alongside Holy Bibles

Atheist Texts to Sit Alongside Holy Bible in Georgia State Parks

News by Christopher Shultz May 21, 2013
A prominent atheist group hopes to diversify the religious reading material offered in cabins and other state lodgings. Will they succeed?

The 10 Books That Taught Me Everything I Know About Sex

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky March 22, 2013
Consider this a warning: Properly educate your children about sex OR THEY WILL TURN OUT LIKE ME!
Who Censored Shelley’s 'The Revolt of Islam?'

Who Censored Shelley’s 'The Revolt of Islam?'

News by Dean Fetzer
The discovery of an original printing of ‘The Revolt of Islam’ - an epic at nearly 5,000 lines - suggests someone other than the poet amended it.
Lawrence Wright vs. Scientology

Publisher of Lawrence Wright Book on Defensive Against Church of Scientology

News by Dean Fetzer January 18, 2013
A new book released yesterday reveals secrets of Scientology the church would prefer to keep to themselves, prompting attacks on Wright and his publisher.
Bay Pslam Sale

Rare Copy of First Book Printed in America To Be Sold, Causes Fight

News by Dean Fetzer December 6, 2012
A row has broken out in a Boston church over the intended sale of the 'Bay Psalm' - the first book printed in the U.S.