The Devil Comes to AWESOME-tober-fest 2020!!

So here we are. We are about a week away from October. I know Matt over there at Dinosaur Dracula has started his epic countdown to Halloween, so I want to inform you that, yes, I will be doing AWESOME-tober-fest this year and that it will start next week!

And the topic is going to be THE DEVIL!

Awesometoberfest 2020

I’ve always been fascinated by the depiction of the Judeo-Christian “Devil” or “Satan” in popular culture. I presaged this as a topic for AWESOME-tober-fest back in 2017 when I did an article for that year’s final week of AWESOME-tober-fest on my favorite movie and TV devils.

So, now I’m going to do the Devil as a full-on Halloween topic. There’s lots of pop culture to mine when it comes to the devil. I’ve been planning this since before the COVID crackdown and I’ve asked a few people what they think. I got several suggestions like Exorcist, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, etc.  You know, the absolute classics, but low hanging fruit nonetheless.  The problem with those is that they don’t deal directly with the “devil” as a character.  They deal with other demons (I don’t see Exorcist’s Pazuzu as the traditional Devil) or the Devil’s offspring (aka, Anti-Christ), but not really the man himself.  What I want to do this month is showcase different depictions of the devil, or Satan, or Scratch, as a character in popular culture and sort of see how a particular writer deals with the “Father of Sins”.  How does he get characterized?  Is he scary?  Charming?  Sexy?  There are lots of ways to go and I love seeing what way is chosen for a particular adaptation.

As usual I’ll be looking at movies, books, TV shows and comics for my topic.  Plus a few other surprises.  Updates should start happening next Thursday and Friday (Oct 1-2), and every week after that will have updates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through to Halloween.

So hopefully you’ll join me for another month of AWESOME-tober-fest!

4 Responses to “The Devil Comes to AWESOME-tober-fest 2020!!”

  1. This is timely, as I’ve been re-reading The Stand to get ready for the new CBS All Access version that will air in December. Altho Randall Flagg in the book isn’t quite as devilish as the character in the 1994 miniseries, it’s almost like the devil is a separate character who’s just given Flagg some powers now. I’m looking forward to reading your posts, and I’m sure I’ll come up with some new books & shows to add to my list.

  2. What an interestign theme to take! I’m really eager to see how you pull off the challenge. I’ll be sure to check back regularly to see what you’ve dug up. Speaking of films dealing with the Devil himself, have you looked into Ready or Not? That classic imagery is definitely there, though he goes by a slightly different name. 😉

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