Archive for "Jun 2011"

Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films

There is a new book that explores an important facet of horror. The book is Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890 to the Present (Routledge, 2011), by Robin R. Means Coleman. From King Kong to Candyman, the boundary-pushing genre of the horror film has always been a site for provocative explorations of […]

Creativity, Evolution, Psychedelics: Richard Doyle and Altered States

Through a Facebook post by Christopher Knowles, previously interviewed here at TheoFantastique, I was made aware of a piece titled "Creativity, evolution of mind and the 'vertigo of freedom.'" This is a "A DIALOGUE BETWEEN JASON SILVA AND TECHNO-ECOLOGIC SCHOLAR RICHARD DOYLE." The exchange is interesting as the topics of evolution and psychedelics are brought […]

Exploring the Extraordinary 3rd Conference

Since its inception in 2007, members of Exploring the Extraordinary have organised two very successful academic conferences that have brought together researchers from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds. The purpose of these events has been to encourage a wider dissemination of knowledge and research, and an interdisciplinary discussion of extraordinary phenomena and experience. […]

David Hartwell and the Wonder of Science Fiction

One of my readers posted a comment on a previous post of mine on Ray Bradbury which made me aware of the book Age of Wonders: Exploring the World of Science Fiction (Tor Books, 1996), by David Hartwell. I was able to pick up the 1984 version published by Walker and Company through Amazon (which […]

TheoFantastique Podcast Now Available at iTunes

TheoFantastique Podcast 2.2 discussing Black Death is now available in iTunes. Previous podcasts can be found elsewhere at present, including 2.1 on The Rite, and 1.1 on Horror Zone: The Cultural Experience of Contemporary Horror Cinema.

Ivan Wolfe: Battlestar Galactica and Mormonism

There is an interesting intersection between religion and science fiction at times, and a notable example of this comes with the 1970s television series Battlestar Galactica and Mormonism. The show was presented in a new incarnation as a series on SyFy from 2004-2009 which was very well received by fans, and which was very different […]

Black Death Podcast: Peg Aloi, Medieval Horror, and Religious Dialogue

  TheoFantastique Podcast 2.2 for 2011 is now available. In this edition my special guest is Peg Aloi, a religion scholar and film critic and who maintains her own blog at The Witching Hour, who engages me about the film Black Death directed by Christopher Smith. In this interview and dialogue, Peg and I discuss […]

Annette Hill: Paranormal Media

In my ongoing research into various facets of the paranormal in popular culture I have been fortunate to connect with some interesting people. One of the most recent is Annette Hill, author of Paranormal Media: Audiences, Spirits and Magic in Popular Culture (London and New York: Routledge, 2011). Paranormal Media offers a unique, timely exploration […]

International Academic Conference on Cultural Influence of Harry Potter

A call for papers from the Academic Study Magic list. 'Magic is Might 2012' : 23-24 July 2012, University of Limerick, Ireland An International Academic Conference Exploring the Cultural Influence of the Harry Potter Books and Films Hosted by the University of Limerick Department of Sociology in collaboration with the UL Interaction Design Centre, Dept. […]

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!

As a fan of fantastic art, and of the Spectrum fantastic art book which comes out each year, I am pleased to pass along the following announcement concerning the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! conference. Scheduled for May 18-20, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri, our intent is to create a venue in which the artists take […]

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