Archive for "Nov 2011"

Phantom Clowns, Bogus Social Workers, and Men in Black

                      Paul Meehan has been the focus of interviews here previously on the subject of UFOs and the paranormal in cinema. He has also contributed his own written articles from time to time, and below you will find his latest essay touching on phantom clowns […]

Interview with Robin R. Means Coleman on Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present

It is a great privilege to read and reflect on horror in its multiple manifestations and layers of meaning. Not all of this is pleasant, but it is nevertheless enjoyable. This is the case with the book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (Routledge, 2011) by Robin R. Means […]

Monstrophy: Call for Papers in the Academic Study of Monsters

Preternature, vol. 2, issue 2 Monstrophy: The Academic Study of Monsters 'Monstrophy' is a term referring to the academic study of monsters as representational and conceptual categories, which has gained recent currency in several related fields of study (literary and cultural history, sociological theories of identity and difference, et al.), as well as in a […]

Jeffrey Kripal Interview on Mutants & Mystics: Comics, Sci-Fi and the Paranormal

Jeffrey Kripal has returned to discuss his latest book addressing the esoteric and the paranormal in popular culture. In this case his new book is Mutants & Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal (University of Chicago Press, 2011). From the book's description: In many ways, twentieth-century America was the land of superheroes and […]

Call for Papers: The Universal Vampire Series, 2 Vols.

CALL FOR PAPERS The Universal Vampire Series, 2 Vols. Vol. 1 – The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend Vol. 2 – The Hip and the Atavistic: Images of the Modern Vampire Editors Barbara Brodman, Nova Southeastern University James E. Doan, Nova Southeastern University Project Overview For almost 200 years, since the publication […]

ComiColumn by Arlen Schumer: The Auteur Theory of comics

TheoFantastique is pleased to announce a new contributor, and feature. Comic artist and historian Arlen Schumer, who has contributed here previously on The Twilight Zone, will be contributing essays known as the ComiColumn. Arlen's website provides some background on his work and talents: Arlen Schumer is an award-winning comic book-style illustrator for the advertising and […]

John Carpenter's "The Thing" and Childs: Forced Readings of Racism in Horror

One of the books I'm reading and enjoying in preparation for an interview in the near future is Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (Routledge, 2011), by Robin R. Means Coleman. As the title indicates, the book looks at how blacks are represented in horror films, and how their […]

Religion and Science Fiction: Interview with James McGrath

James McGrath has been a guest previously with an interview on religion and science fiction. He now returns to discuss the topic as the editor and contributor of a new book titled, appropriately enough, Religion and Science Fiction (Wipf & Stock, 2011). Following is the volume's description: Religious themes, concepts, imagery, and terminology have featured […]

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