Saturday, April 2, 2022

List of Christian Horror Novels

Feckless: Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk Edited by Ellen C. Maze 

Vampires, Werewolves, and Ghosts, oh my!
Meet a woman who can kill you with a single touch, a man who is friends with Death and a dying dragon, an alien preacher, a very special magician, a man who just can’t leave his ex alone, a woman who loves her husband despite his being possessed, a serial killer who gets exactly what he deserves, and more.
Feckless was put together by Ellen Maze, Christian vampire author extraordinaire, and many of the stories are of her own creation, which is a definite plus for the book.
Like most short story collections, there are some pieces in this volume that you’ll enjoy more than others, but I believe there is enough good stuff here to satisfy any horror fan.
A few of my favorites were “dtour” by Kevin Maze, and “88” and “Bully” by Ellen Maze. “dtour” is neat because the story is told all in text messages being sent between two people. “88” is a very touching tale about a man preparing for his 88th birthday party. “Bully” is an effective story that jumps from following the victim of a neighborhood bully to a serial killer to a werewolf and back around again.
Many of the stories in this collection also contain a strong Christian message. 

The Judging: Book 1 of The Corescu Chronicles by Ellen C. Maze 

Fabulously frightening! Insanely imaginative!
Hope Brannen has just met Mark Corescu, the man of her dreams. He’s handsome, charming, and he’s a doctor! He’s also a vampire. Not to worry, though. This vampire only sucks the blood of evil people because he believes he’s doing God’s will by punishing them for their sins. Hope and her pastor-friend, Tony, have some questions, though. Can murder ever be within God’s will? Is a vampire supposed to judge humanity’s sins? Or is Dr. Corescu simply rationalizing his need to kill?
Things heat up when Corescu starts hearing voices in his head and begins to remember who he was before he became a vampire. In the midst of all this, a certain reporter is beginning to ask questions and the doctor’s servants are starting to rebel.
Ellen Maze delivers an intriguing plot with captivating characters and an extremely natural writing style.
The Judging is a clean read with no objectionable material or language. 

Never Ceese by Sue Dent 

Can werewolves and vampires be saved? That’s the question in Sue Dent’s novel, Never Ceese.

This is a Christian fantasy novel about a werewolf named Ceese and a vampire named Richard, who are both on a mission to break the curse of what they are and regain their salvation. It’s captivating, edgy, humorous, and realistic – the perfect combination of light and dark. I especially appreciated the tangibility of each of the characters. They are dynamic and memorable and Sue has a wonderful gift for taking us inside each of their minds to make us feel what they feel.

The story begins in early America and quickly brings us to modern day. Among Ceese and Richard’s allies are an old, psychic woman, her great-granddaughter, and some surprising characters from the past.

Their enemies include their darker natures, a scientist who wants to learn how he can use their curse to live forever himself, and three questionable college students.
Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C. Maze 

God’s Word is potent and His followers are powerful!
Meet Beth Rider. She writes Christian vampire novels. After reading her latest publication, The Judging (also authored by Ellen Maze), real vampires are being inspired toward salvation. The problem is that the vampire hierarchy doesn’t appreciate so many of their underlings turning to “Beth Rider’s” God. Marking Beth as an enemy of the Brotherhood, the hierarchy orders that she, and all those vampires who are turning toward God because of her, be caught, tortured, and eliminated. Now the chase is on as Beth and her new bloodthirsty friends must trust God for their very survival.
I continue to be impressed with Maze’s writing. Her prose is clean, her characters well-formed, and her pacing flawless. The action will grab you from page one and keep you turning to the end.
I especially love how Ellen paints such strong Christian characters in her novels. They are obvious proof of the author’s own Christian passion and maturity shining through her work. 
Winter by Keven Newsome

What’s your spiritual gift?
Winter Maessen’s is prophecy, even if she isn’t the most mature Christian yet.
Winter is a new believer and a new college student attending a small Christian university. God directly told her to go to this school shortly after she was saved because He has a mission for her – to stop a serial killer.
Keven’s writing is natural, his characters realistic, his story intriguing, and his action well-paced. The best part of this book, however, is watching how Winter develops through the course of her young life. Having experienced tragedy and then God’s redemption, Winter shows us exactly how events in our lives can change us and what it means to be a work in progress. I also appreciated the importance Keven places on friendship and looking beneath the surface of things. God knows exactly when we need a friend or two to come alongside us and He knows that our character is shown by more than our appearance.
Whereas this is a perfectly clean, Christian novel, I do have to warn you that it is not a pretty book with a completely happy ending. There is murder, there is gore, there is occult practices, there is rape. As you read and begin to care about the characters, you will find some things happening to them that you didn’t want to happen. This of course makes for a more realistic read, but I’m just letting you know – it will get to you emotionally.




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