Unfiction and its derivative genres are becoming increasingly popular among the public and academics, though there is a gap in the research on its association with religious studies. Using definitions of religion set by nineteenth and twentieth-century scholars, this research aims to connect unfiction, horror, fear, and religion. Specifically, this research focuses on the communities surrounding these genres, how these genres use religious themes while also exploring how religion uses horror to create fear and community. This research used the works of renowned religious scholars like Durkheim, Geertz, and Turner, a multi-platform unfiction project entitled TribeTwelve, horror movies like The Exorcist, and religious texts from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. These sources allow for the conclusion that horror and unfiction use religion, as defined by religious scholars, to create large and interconnected communities that strive to find deeper meaning in these genre’s works, not unlike how religious texts use horror to a similar effect. This research is a first step in filling the gap between new types of media horror and religious studies.
Meg Sigler is a graduating senior from Kernersville, North Carolina that majors in History and Religious Studies. She plans to go to graduate school for Higher Education Administration and long walks on the beach. Her mother says she's very funny, smart, and talented.