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A list of my influences, arranged in alphabetical order:

  • Karl Barth
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Wes Craven
  • David Cronenberg
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Peter Kropotkin
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • David Lynch
  • Guy Maddin
  • Karl Marx
  • Rod Serling
  • Paul Tillich
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Simone Weil
  • Alfred North Whitehead

These are all filmmakers, writers, philosophers, and theologians whose individual perspectives/aesthetics have influenced, in big ways and small, directly and indirectly, my own. From Whitehead, Weil, and Tillich I’ve gained my understanding of God and creation, and it is this God which operates in the shared multiverse of my stories. From Barth I’ve gained my understanding of evil, and I find this understanding of evil best represented through the eldritch abominations/deities of Lovecraft and the body horror of Cronenberg. From Jesus, Kropotkin, Tolstoy, and a lesser degree Marx, an ideal humanity and civilization. From Lynch, themes of duality and absurdism. And I could be here all day, futilely trying and failing to cogently convey why these creators resonate with me.