Archive for "May 2011"

Undead in the West: PCA/ACA Call for Contributors

The Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association have issued a Call for Contributors: Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier (anthology) Deadline for abstracts: September 18, 2011 The frontier has long been framed as a landscape of life and death, but few scholarly works have ventured into the […]

The Horrific Trauma of War: Memorial Day and Hopes for the Future

Horror historian David J. Skal has argued that the early Universal horror films were, in part, a response to the trauma experienced as a result of World War I. In The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror, Skal wrote: A good deal of this book has dealt with the long shadow of war reflected […]

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Criteria for Assessing "Better" Science Fiction

Yesterday one of the interesting media features I came across came from College Times. A piece by Janice Vega asked a question with its title "Which is better: Star Trek or Star Wars? Two mega-fans battle it out". In the piece various facets of the two science fiction franchises are examined in competition and scored […] A Brief History of Doomsday

In response to another failed doomsday prophecy, and in anticipation of the next to come in 2012 in connection with the Mayan calendar, a nice graphic comparison of various cultural, religious, and secular doomsday prophecies and scenarios from Related posts: "Doomsday America: The Pessimistic Turn of Post-9/11 Apocalyptic Cinema" "Pop Culture Explores the Apocalypse" […]

Fan Culture Exploration - MTV's True Life: "I'm a Fanboy"

  Tags: True Life, MTV Shows In my ongoing research on fantastic fan cultures I came across this episode of MTV's True Life that focuses on the phenomenon titled "I'm a Fanboy." Although the program seems to include and reinforce some stereotypes of "fanboys," no doubt basted upon MTV's selection process in fan submissions rather […]

Blurred Lines: Science Fiction, Horror, Science & Entertainment

The lines between science and entertainment are blurred these days. This is especially the case when it comes to things related to horror, science fiction, and the paranormal. This is evident in an upcoming program on the National Geographic Channel addressing the possibility of alien invasion in "When Aliens Attack" which will air on May […]

Doomsday America: The Pessimistic Turn of Post-9/11 Apocalyptic Cinema

Fears, and perhaps for some, joyful anticipation, of apocalyptic doom is in the air. This is perhaps most evident with Christian radio and television preacher Harold Camping's prediction of the end of the world on May 21st. But this is nothing new, and science fiction and horror films have often involved depictions of apocalypse. But […]

Victoria Nelson: Guillermo del Toro's Gothick Cosmos

While checking the quotes and bibliographical sources in a recent book I was introduced to the work of Victoria Nelson. Nelson is an independent scholar and the author of The Secret Life of Puppets (Harvard University Press, 2002), as well as the forthcoming Gothicka (Harvard University Press, April 2012). In the midst of a very […]

Freddy Krueger, Popular Culture, and Cute Monsters Once More

In a previous post I took part in a group effort from the League of Tana Tea Drinkers on the phenomenon of "cute" monsters in horror. In this series of posts the contributors tried to address why we take horrific items and produce less than frightening aspects of them for our enjoyment. I would like […]

University of Derby: MA Humanities in Horror and Transgression

I learned about this degree program today so I thought I'd copy it here to give it a plug. From the University of Derby School of Humanities, an MA in Horror and Transgression: Why choose this course? * It combines taught and individual research modules to allow you to focus on your own research project, […]

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