Werewolves and Zombies and Vampires, Oh My! “Night of the Living Dead Christian” by Matt Mikalatos

I just put the finishing touches on the final edit for my next book due in October, “The 12th Demon: Vampire Majick” but the vampires in my book are NOTHING like the vampire in “Night of the Living Dead Christian” by Matt Mikalatos. I really enjoyed reading Matt’s fantastic “Imaginary Jesus” now renamed “My Imaginary Jesus” I guess to emphasize the difference between an imaginary Jesus and Matt’s psychologically challenged perception of “his” imaginary Jesus. I think it is much ado about nothing. But, these subtleties are important to someone in the publishing industry. And that is why I was so surprised to see this book with this intriguing title.

I mean to imply that most people who call themselves Christians are dead is pretty risky. Would you buy the book if you thought it implied that you were a zombie? I mean I KNOW I’m not a zombie. I don’t brainlessly follow the pastor of my church. I don’t eat brains, either, for that matter. I detest “sweetbreads” as they are sometimes called. But, I must admit after reading “Night of the Living Dead Christian” there may be a little bit of zombie in me. And, a little bit of vampire. And, a little bit of werewolf.

 And, that is the point of the book. Matt Mikalatos brilliantly takes these archetypes and projects them on the sad, lacking, failing Christian that typifies most, if not all of US! Mad scientists, androids, monster killers, vampires, zombies, and werewolves roam the pages of this book with abandon. With glee. With bloodthirsty zeal!

Zombies. They mindlessly track you down, slowly, inexorably until they overpower you and put earphones in your ears and a study Bible in your hands and pull you into the praise and worship service to listen catatonically to the pastor. This is an eerie depiction of mindless drones following and NOT thinking. As an apologist, I champion the thinking Christian and this comparison to a zombie is right on target. I was finishing up this book Sunday morning in our church’s coffee shop and I looked up and right there, not twenty feet away from me were at least a dozen zombies all dressed alike, all moving alike, all funneling into the sanctuary in their identical dresses and suits and . . . Need I say more? Zombies are the undead; the walking dead; the praying dead; the tithing dead; the dead dead! Read the book to see where these zombies came from and how they came to be.

Vampires. Wow, the violence depicted in the transformation of this woman into a “vampire” was shocking and out of the blue. But, it happens. It happens a lot and more than we in our churches want to acknowledge. The vampire sucks the life out of someone until that someone can’t exist unless they suck the life out of someone else. I can tell you that I’ve met my share of “emotional black holes” in the life of a church. These people are so needy and so smothering and a “good” Christian is going to try and help and end up getting their life sucked right out of them. This happened to me in 1995. After four years of running a drama ministry, I “died” and became a vampire sucking the life out of everything I touched until God drove a stake through my heart, laid me on my back and offered me a new life. Wow! Great comparison, Matt.

Werewolves. This is the heart of this book, a magnificent portrayal of the angry, restless beast that most of us try to keep at bay. My favorite parts of the book are the internal musings of the werewolf. Here is what he says in his moment of greatest despair:

“And here is the final evidence that we have invented God for ourselves. Who could love us other than we ourselves? No one. We have invented a being to love us despite our depravities.”

And, the “death” of the werewolf is one of the most moving scenes I’ve read in months. Don’t miss this book. It is strange; it is hilarious; but it is ultimately right on the money. Matt Mikalatos includes many facts and concepts bolstered by recent studies that should terrify the most stalwart Christian. Take a look in the mirror after you finish this book. You will be terrified by what you see!

Great job!!! Now, if I could just get one of those Clockwork Jesuses? Or is it Jesi?

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Book link –  http://www.amazon.com/Night-Living-Dead-Christian-Ferociously/dp/1414338805/
Author’s Web site  –  http://www.mikalatos.com/

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Participants’ Links:

http://ofbattlesdragonsandswordsofadamant.blogspot.com/  Gillian Adams

http://kinynchronicles.blogspot.com/ Julie Bihn

http://tessbissell.wordpress.com/ Red Bissell
http://www.oerkenleaves.blogspot.com/ Thomas Clayton Booher
http://www.AdventuresInFiction.blogspot.com/ Keanan Brand
http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com/ Beckie Burnham
http://morganlbusse.wordpress.com Morgan L. Busse
http://tweezlereads.blogspot.com/ Theresa Dunlap
http://www.amberfrench.blogspot.com/ Amber French
http://going-greene.blogspot.com/Tori Greene
http://www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com/ Nikole Hahn
http://realmofhearts.blogspot.com/ Ryan Heart
http://thequietpen.wordpress.com/ Janeen Ippolito
http://jessebecky.wordpress.com/ Becky Jesse
http://www.spoiledfortheordinary.blogspot.com/ Jason Joyner
http://carolkeen.blogspot.com/ Carol Keen
http://www.slygames.net/ Leighton
http://www.shannonmcdermott.com/?page_id=189 Shannon McDermott
http://rebeccaluellamiller.wordpress.com/ Rebecca LuElla Miller
http://linalamont.blogspot.com/ Nissa
http://www.bookwomanjoan.blogspot.com/ Joan Nienhuis
http://www.leastread.blogspot.com/ John W. Otte
http://justanotherbookbag.blogspot.com/ Crista Richey
http://www.sarahsawyer.com/blog Sarah Sawyer
http://www.chawnaschroeder.blogspot.com/ Chawna Schroeder
http://www.rachelstarrthomson.com/inklings/ Rachel Starr Thomson
http://christiansf.blogspot.com/ Steve Trower
http://frederation.wordpress.com Fred Warren
http://www.shanewerlinger.com/ Shane Werlinger
http://www.theravenquill.blogspot.com/  Nicole White
http://facesoflions.wordpress.com/ Dave Wilson

About Bruce Hennigan

Published novelist, dramatist, apologist, and physician.

Posted on March 26, 2012, in Apologetics, My Writing, Speculative Fiction and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Where did you find that picture of Matt! So funny and fitting. Very nice review, Bruce. Well thought through and your personal reactions made it clear what the book is all about.

    Becky

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  2. That picture came from a Bing search. It was the most irreverent, and therefore probably the most accurate of the pictures on the search page.

    Bruce

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  3. Reading the book I had no trouble writing off all the monsters as the “others” (I don’t have rage issues and question a lot of stuff so no zombie blood here). Your thoughts on “zombie” Christians (reflected in uniformity) were even clearer than the book’s and I think something we should all think about.

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  4. Thank you for your kind comments.

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  5. Bruce,

    Great thoughts and I appreciate the things you had to share. I love seeing someone who gets the horror genre and understands the ins and outs of what I was messing with on that level but also understands the spiritual aspects. Thanks for your kind words. You book looks interesting, too… it comes out in October?

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  6. Hey Bruce–

    Great post. I love that you understand the horror underpinnings I was messing around with as well as the spiritual side of things. Thanks for your kind words.

    You book looks interesting. It’s coming out in October?

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  7. “The 13th Demon” is out and came out this past October. I just got the cover for my next book “The 12th Demon: Mark of the Wolf Dragon” and it comes out October, 2012. It has, guess what, vampires, werewolves, and zombies in it. But, it is far from allegory. I guess having just finished the line edit on that book, I was so enamored with your book. I’ve spent the last year with my own vampires, werewolves, and zombies and it was so refreshing to see them in a different light, so to speak. I really loved your book and I can’t stop thinking about the interludes. Great job! I can’t wait to see what your next book is about. And, sorry for the weird picture in my post. I couldn’t resist putting that in.

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  8. Nicely thoughtful review! I like the way you break down the archetypes and then expand on them with real-life examples. Love the pictures too! Very engaging. I’m one of those people who tends to think in terms of monsters, fantastical characters, and narrative to help my real life make sense (well, and the Bible), so the book clicked right away. Nice to see I’m not alone!

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