A Novelist, A Horror Filmmaker, and Two Critics: Conversations Worth Hearing

I love it when people I love interview people I love.

For example, here’s my favorite Young Adult novelist, National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr, interviewing one of my favorite reviewers, Christianity Today‘s chief film critic Alissa Wilkinson. (Alissa earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University; that’s the program I’m in now.) They talk about art, criticism, running, and Wilkinson’s rigorous work ethic, on Zarr’s podcast — This Creative Life.

And here’s another example — my favorite film critic, Steven Greydanus, interviewing my favorite director of horror movies, Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil). Steven asks Scott to talk about why he feels driven to make horror movies, and what determines the difference between meaningful horror and destructive horror. They also talk about why horror should be valued as a genre by people of faith.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • sketchesbyboze

    Great interview by Steven Greydanus. And I wasn’t familiar with the writing of Sara Zarr, but now you’ve convinced me to check out her books.


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