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Religious Iconography in Fantasy and Paranormal Stories

Angel statueSince today is Sunday, it seems fitting to tackle a new topic here at QSF – the use of religious iconography, including angels, demons and devils, in Fantasy and Paranormal stories.

This practice has a long and studied tradition, going back to some of the very roots of Fantasy (see CS Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles) and Paranormal (often drawing on themes of heaven and hell).

But it seems to me that there’s a particular opportunity here for storytelling from an LGBt point of view – our community was long persecuted by the Church, and even now, most opposition to LGBT rights and marriage equality comes from a religious place.

So my questions today – does religion have a place in our story-telling, especially in fantasy and paranormal? And if so, what unique “take” can we bring to the subject as LGBT writers?

And finally, have you written or read any LGBT fiction that covers these themes?

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