I’m a few days late with this, I suppose, but I just have to share the news even if it’s not really news anymore.
For those of you who’ve never heard of Fred Clark, the Slacktivist, you clearly haven’t been reading this blog for very long. But that’s neither here nor there.
Fred has spent more than ten years reviewing the Left Behind series of fundamentalist Christian apocalyptic novels. And while outside reviewers have written individual articles about how the Left Behind novels are nothing more than a very long sadistic revenge fantasy written for an audience who would never admit to harboring such fantasies, Fred’s page-by-page attention to detail and intimate knowledge of Evangelical Christian culture gives a true understanding of “the horror and hilarity of Left Behind” that you just can’t get anywhere else.
And now, after ten years, Fred has finally collected the posts where he examines the first 200 pages of Left Behind into his own book:
The Anti-Christ Handbook has already shot to number one in its very, very specialized niche on Amazon, and been praised by the writers of The Daily Show.
For my own part, I can’t recommend The Anti-Christ Handbook enough. Fred Clark’s Left Behind posts have been some of the most valuable writing resources I’ve ever found online. Not only do they give some of the best examples in all literature of What Not To Do, but they generally follow up with advice and suggestions on how it could have been done better (spoilers: just about anything would be better). Also, since Fred is an evangelical Christian himself, he gives us outsiders an insight into the subculture (and all the literary tropes that go with it) that we otherwise would have no way of getting. All done with his trademark compassion and biting humor.
The best advice I can give you is to pick up a copy of The Anti-Christ Handbook today.