December 14, 2011 in General
I am not much of a television watcher; the lion’s share of my viewing being the news, with a dash of UFL and NFL football added for spice. Despite the minimal amount of hours dedicated to the partaking of all the boob-tube has to offer, this writer is aware that the paranormal has achieved superstar status in living rooms and bedrooms across America and around the world.
As a writer, I am coming to grips with the fact that the paranormal is colossally popular not only on T.V. but in book form as well. Teen Paranormal Romance has become a genre unto itself; as it appears that vampires make for great dates and satisfying love relationships. Book series such as Marked, Twilight, and Vampire Academy have attracted the eyes, brains, and hearts of millions of young readers. And when it comes to fiction pertaining to the paranormal, mysticism, and witchcraft, one cannot discount the prodigious popularity of the Harry Potter book and movie series.
As 2011 morphs and congeals into 2012 like some manner of confused and beleaguered shape-shifter; it seems that we live in a culture obsessed with shadows and black magic. Millions of young and old alike are spellbound by anything that can promise love, sex, money, and dreams fulfilled; even if having these desires brought to reality involves getting bitten on the neck. Indeed, vampire bites appear to be appealing, and yet giving love and dedication to the one who took nails in His hands and feet for our redemption seems to be at best uninteresting and at worst repulsive.
“Ah, it’s just entertainment” they’ll say, but it seems to have become a religion – this pursuit of all things residing in the darkness. Ghost Hunters is a hugely popular reality series on the Syfy television network, starring paranormal investigators Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson who endeavor to communicate with ghosts in purportedly haunted places. Without question, ghost hunting has become a popular pursuit and a sign of a culture craving something much more grandiose, fulfilling, and “magical” than itself.
These things that are pursued in the darkness are demonic; and Satan is real I can assure you. The ghosts that are hunted are not merely ghosts as there is no such thing. Likewise, these vampires that will bite your neck and force you to seek blood in the night may be the stuff of folklore; but the Father of All Lies can use something as seemingly innocent as popular media to keep one focused on him through these magnificently dark entities that promise a whirlwind life of magic, power, and lusts fulfilled.
In The Wayfarers fiction trilogy, you can read about that which slips through the shadows and operates in the darkness, and it’s confrontation with the most powerful light and life.