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Butcher Knives & Body Counts: Essays on the Formula, Frights, and Fun of the Slasher Film

I received word today from Vince Liaguno of Dark Scribe Press that my contributor copy of Butcher Knives & Body Counts: Essays in the Formula, Frights, and Fun of the Slasher Film (Dark Scribe Press, 2011) is in the mail. My contribution is a brief essay that argues for the slasher film myth to be […]

Jana Riess – What Would Buffy Do?: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide – TheoFantastique Podcast 2.5

There has been a lot of discussion about various aspects of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but surprisingly, very little about the spiritual aspects of the television series and pop culture phenomenon. Thankfully this topic has been explored capably by Jana Riess in her book What Would Buffy Do?: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide (Jossey-Bass, […]

Andrea Subissati: When There’s No More Room in Hell

One of the great things about having a niche blog like this one is finding fellow academics exploring the horrific and fantastic. This was the case with Andrea Subissati who wrote her MA thesis When There’s No More Room in Hell on the sociology of zombies, since published as a book through Lambert Academic Publishing. […]

Popular Culture Association: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture

                Call for Papers: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-SWTXPCA 2012 Please make plans to attend our 33rd Annual Conference February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hyatt Regency Albuquerque 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102 Tel: +1 […]

CFP – Animating History: “Disney Americans” and Other Myths

Animating History: “Disney Americans” and Other Myths Area of multiple panels for the Film & History Conference on “Film & Myth” September 26-30, 2012 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA http://www.filmandhistory.org Deadline: June 1, 2012 We live in a world made of myths, legends, and histories that are communicated, and often, conflated, by our entertainment media. For many […]

Call for Papers: ‘Horror After Psychoanalysis’, A Special Issue of Horror Studies, edited by Dale Townshend

The following call for papers was originally posted at The University of Sterling’s The Gothic Imagination website. Call for Papers: ‘Horror After Psychoanalysis’, A Special Issue of Horror Studies, edited by Dale Townshend. Psychoanalysis, be it in its orthodox Freudian forms or via the revisionist theories of Lacan, Kristeva and Žižek, has become a dominant […]

io9: How 9/11 Changed Science Fiction

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is coming up in a few days, and with the remembrance of that tragedy it is helpful to remember how the impact of that event on the national psyche influenced a number of areas, including pop culture. One area is cinema, particularly genre films like science fiction and horror. io9 […]

Call for Papers: True Blood and the SW Popular Culture Association

CFP: True Blood SW/TX PCA/ACA (12/1/11; 2/8-11/12) Join us for the 33rd Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, February 8-11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Area Chairs of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Associations (www.swtxpca.org) invites paper or panel proposals about the television […]

The Undead and Theology to be Published by Wipf & Stock

The Undead and Theology has found a publisher in Wipf & Stock. My co-editor Kim Paffenroth signed the contract this week. Submissions by the contributors are due at year’s end. Here is a description, as well as a list of contributors and their chapter topics. Overview Kim Paffenroth and John W. Morehead, editors The academy […]

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