Interview with Mike Duran, Christian vampire author

Introduction

Today is part one of the interview of Christian author, Mike Duran. I found his website about a year and a half ago when I was writing my Master's paper and was working on the section about, "Vampire Used as Religious Icons". The thought of vampires and Christianity having anything in common was very foreign to me and when I found authors who loved vampires and were writing about it from a Christian perspective I was intrigued. It has now taken a little while but I have found that offer and he has graciously agreed to do an interview for me explaining this whole concept of a Christian Vampire literature genre.

Here is the interview:

Question: What is your academic and writing background? Where are you from?

Answer: Well, I’ve lived in SoCal my whole life. I’m an ordained Protestant minister currently working in construction and moonlighting as a novelist. Meanwhile, I’ve served as an editor for Coach’s Midnight Diner, contribute monthly commentary for Novel Journey (which was again selected by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 best sites for writers) and manage my own website (http://www.mikeduran.com). My first novel, a supernatural suspense, has recently been contracted by Strang Publishing for their Realms division and is slated for a Spring 2011 release.

Question: When or where did you get the idea about Christian vampire literature?

Answer: For one, the horror genre has always trafficked in moral and religious themes. Good and evil, life and death, angels and devils, heaven and hell, human nature and depravity. These themes are staples of the horror genre. They also happen to be intrinsic parts of a biblical worldview. Which is why the genre of horror actually creeps into Christian fiction so often, although it’s not called that. Nevertheless, there is a certain compatibility between biblical themes and classic horror.

After reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I realized how eminently “religious” the book was. For instance, Christianity is portrayed in a positive light throughout Dracula. The protagonists pray, quote Scripture, seek God’s guidance, and ultimately prevail. Religious imagery, ritual, and practice are explicit throughout the story. And there is a redemptive resolution which even hints that Dracula finds peace. Take this quote from the story’s climax:

“I shall be glad as long as I live that even in that moment of final dissolution, there was in the face [of Dracula] a look of peace, such as I never could have imagined might have rested there.”

For more of the interview go here- http://www.examiner.com/x-12968-Lexington-Vampire-Examiner~y2010m6d22-Interview-with-Mike-Duran-Christian-vampire-author-part-1

and here- http://www.examiner.com/x-12968-Lexington-Vampire-Examiner~y2010m6d23-Interview-with-Mike-Duran-Christian-vampire-author-part-2

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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