Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion and Worship in the Horror Film

House of Leaves Publishing presents a collection of writings exploring the cultural history of religion in horror cinema: Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion and Worship in the Horror Film. Bringing together leading film critics, historians, and writers, the book is due for release early in 2019 and will be available for pre-order during a crowdfunding campaign launching in September 2018.

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We are pleased to have partnered with Grimmfest to offer a limited number of tickets to the festival. For updates
on the 2018 schedule, please visit their site here.

In addition to providing the introduction to Scared Sacred, Professor Douglas E Cowan has offered limited copies of his book, Sacred Terror. A must-read for fans of horror cinema, and the perfect complement to Scared Sacred. You can find more information here.

We are delighted to announce that London Horror Festival have kindly offered limited tickets to selected shows to our campaign backers.  London Horror Festival, the largest festival of live horror performance in the UK, boasts an eclectic and truly unique performance programme, ranging from opera, live podcast recordings, puppetry, séance shows and much more. For more information, please visit their site here.

For an exclusive sneak peek at editor and contributing writer Erin Thompson's chapter in Scared Sacred, which looks at demonic warfare and supernatural sacrifice in The Amityville Horror (1979) and When the Lights Went Out (2012), please visit her website at The Backseat Driver Reviews.

We're thrilled to share another crowdfunding reward linked to Scared Scared. Directed by Pat Holden, When the Lights Went Out is based on alleged paranormal events experienced in 1974 by the Pritchard family at 30 East Drive in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, UK—activity attributed to the infamous Black Monk of Pontefract.

Producer Bil Bungay bought the house at 30 East Drive shortly after production wrapped, and opened it to visitors as part of the film's promotional campaign. Since then, paranormal groups and interested individuals have recorded an abundance of alleged ghostly activity. We are extremely pleased to say that we will be offering an overnight stay as a reward to supporters of the crowdfunder. Dare you spend the night with the Black Monk of Pontefract? To find out more, please visit the 30 East Drive website here.

The fabulous Horror Homeroom, covering all aspects of horror across fiction, film and television, has exclusively shared John Sowder's original poster art for our "Occultism" section in Scared Sacred. A monster mash-up of two films covered in this section of the book, the theme of this poster is possession. You can view the announcement here.

We are so excited to share another chapter preview from Scared Sacred! An exclusive sneak peek at Valeska Griffiths' stunning exploration of the Medieval witch and Victorian hysteric in Benjamin Christensen’s Haxan and Lars von Trier's Antichrist can be found at Anatomy of a Scream.