(June 2021, Review by A.R.K. Watson, CatholicReads)
The whole story is a beautiful meditation on the lies and temptations of modernity, and how we as Christians and Catholics encounter the world and keep faith when it feels as though the world is going to end.
(Oct 2018, Review by Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin , The Dispatch, Catholic World Report)
With brisk prose, bone-dry humor, and a profound theological vision, Eleanor Bourg Nicholson explores the demonic nature of evil, and reminds us of the power of Jesus of Nazareth to defeat it.
(Aug 2018, Review by Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Imaginative Conservative)
Where are the Flannery O’Connors and Evelyn Waughs of our day, who can be witty about wickedness and plant their theology in the thicket of character, the turns of a plot, and the twist of a knife? Where are the writers who can be both entertaining and enlightening?
(Jan 2019, Review by A.R.K. Watson)
Hands down, this book is the strangest, most hilarious book I have yet reviewed for Catholic Reads. I’m not even quite sure in what genre to categorize it. It might be horror—but it’s tempered by a Catholic optimism so confident that it positively giggles at evil. Though gore and mayhem have their moments, the story is too hilarious to ever really scare anyone.
(Oct 2018, Interview with Derya Little, Catholic World Report)
“If evil isn’t evil, and sin isn’t sin, and vampires aren’t vampires, the thrill of the Gothic is reduced to lame angst,” says Eleanor Bourg Nicholson, author of A Bloody Habit, “I find angst very boring indeed.”
(July 2017, Interview with Fountains of Carrots)
We’re thrilled to have Catholic novelist Eleanor Bourg Nicholson with us today discussing what makes Catholic creativity and writing so unique.
(Jul 2018, Review by Karen Ullo, Dappled Things)
Several years ago, Eleanor Bourg Nicholson (nee Donlon) published an essay in Dappled Things called “Cinemanemia, or Revenge of the Bloodsucked,” in which she wrote, “[T] here is a lot more at stake in the vampyric character than is commonly conceived. There is a sacramental intensity which is rarely realized in book or film: vampyrism as the anti-Eucharist.” Near the end of the essay, Nicholson—who is the editor of the Ignatius Critical Edition of Dracula and a formidable vampire scholar—also tantalizingly mentions, “Perhaps someday the true dramatic potential of vampyrism will be fully realized. (There are no silver-bullet solutions, but I have a notion of how it could be done—and perhaps someday I shall have the time to do it.)”
(Sept 2018 article by Denis Grasska, Catholic News Service)
“Worms out of undead eye sockets? Really, Eleanor?” That was the reaction that Eleanor Bourg Nicholson, director of religious education at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, Virginia, probably never expected to hear at the parish office.
Or, at least not until this past summer, when Ignatius Press published her novel, “A Bloody Habit,” and her fellow parishioners started reading it.
(Oct 2018, podcast interview)
What does the Church teach about vampires? This week, author Eleanor Bourg Nicholson tells us about her new novel...
(Jan 2019, by Dr. Jeff Mirus)
Since gremlins are currently inhabiting my computer, I’m willing to believe just about anything. I’m using an old light-duty laptop to limp along without most of my software until a stake can be driven through the stony heart of my usual machine. Or at least that is what I expect the cure to be, since I’ve recently finished reading the latest novel from Ignatius Press, A Bloody Habit, by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson. This book is a riff on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, featuring Dominican priests as vampire slayers in the depths of London in the year 1900. My first reaction when it crossed my desk was, “Who would want to bother with this?” But on a slow holiday, I did. And now, since I am willing to believe anything….