Daniel Olivas discusses his recent short story collection,
The King of Lighting Fixtures, writing humor, and the role of religion in his work. ...more
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Why would I ask for my sanity from the Devil as I sleep walk, only to give it up again to the Holy Spirit? ...more
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Look at the star, your star, in my hands. It bears your name. I was told it does not have much longer to live. I hope you do not mind my untrimmed nails. ...more
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What I should have learned back then, but did not, and in fact took at least another twenty years to fully learn, is that such claims are not at all about “demonic power,” “demonic possession,” or even “the Devil,” but are actually about demonization. I learned instead to no longer only imagine evil as contained […]
These days one doesn’t have to look strictly to horror movies to find devils.
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