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 is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • 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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