Victoria Nelson on "Gothicka"

July 7, 2013

What's behind our fascination with vampires and zombies?  Cultural critic Victoria Nelson says it's not just escapism; we now look to pop culture to satisfy our spiritual hunger.  She says gothic stories about the supernatural are now where our longing for the transcendent gets played out.



Very interesting interview, thank you. A correction may be helpful, though: Christian Science, mentioned at the end, could not be further from the Gothic themes discussed, as a perusal of its teachings would quickly make clear. Christian Science theology includes no belief in supernatural beings or powers or anything mystical. It rests squarely on one God, who is good, and the salvation and healing that come through Christ.