Mexican Gothic: Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Dark Fairy Tale

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic functions as both a weird Gothic horror and a fairy tale.

CBS All Access’s Spiritless Twilight Zone

Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone could contend for human worth on the basis of a shared imago Dei, a spiritual aspect that provides an inherent value to each individual, while the reboot seems content to regard men and women materialistically.

Returning to the Darkness: Following David Lindsay on A Voyage to Arcturus, 100 Years Later

David Lindsay sought after truth, and he believed the way to truth passed through pain, denial, and sacrifice.

From Boccaccio to Chaucer: Storytelling during and after Plague Time

Why do something so frivolous as telling stories when human lives may be at stake? Shouldn’t we be in the business of… well, surviving?

Hippocampus Press, Small Publishers, and the Full Library

Religious readers may find important insights in the dark corners explored by Hippocampus Press and other niche publishers of weird fiction.

Star Trek: Picard’s Beautiful Failure of Imagination

Star Trek: Picard cannot conceive a vision for the good life without an ending in death, which is a failure of imagination.

A Tale of Two Burgesses: On Reading Well in The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone points us toward reading not just as a recreational pastime but as a possible site for the cultivation of virtue.

“You Are a Stranger to History”: Star Trek: Picard Reminds Us to Remember

Star Trek: Picard suggests that understanding history is vital toward moving forward rightly

Remembering D. C. Fontana, Star Trek’s Woman of Two Worlds

Star Trek writer D. C. Fontana crafted a bridge, from her own liminal experience to the worlds of her audience.

In Praise of Nog: How the Late Aron Eisenberg Embodied One of Star Trek’s Most Memorable Characters

As Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Aron Eisenberg reminded viewers that strength of character can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

The Very “Human” Second Season of Star Trek: Discovery

In season two of Star Trek: Discovery, both the virtues and the flaws of classic Trek’s humanism are on display.

Avengers: Endgame, Nebula, and the Love that Transforms

In Avengers: Endgame, we see in Nebula one of the most poignant depictions of the transformative power of self-sacrificial love.

CAPC Jr.: Pop Culture Commentary from the Next Generation

In CAPC Jr., significant children in the lives of our writers pass on their own unique insights into some of their favorite cultural artifacts.

Listening in the Silence: Algernon Blackwood at 150

For Algernon Blackwood, the natural world is not just natural: it is animated, enchanted, redolent with presences most often detectable only apart from our five senses.

‘You’re like Me’: Friendship in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse emphasizes C. S. Lewis’s understanding of friendship among people who understand one another.

Thanos the Maniac

Thanos is a maniac in the sense used by G. K. Chesterton in his classic work Orthodoxy.