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Call for Papers: The Walking Dead and the Problem of Meaning in the New Millennium of the Dead

Dawn Keetley of Lehigh University has issued a call for papers through Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. It is for an anthology volume titled “Dead Inside: The Walking Dead and the Problem of Meaning in the New Millennium of the Dead.” Keetley is seeking essays for a scholarly collection that will explore the complexities […]

Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture

In my continuing quest to find interesting material in the area of the fantastic I stumbled across the book Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture (Quirk Books, 2011 ), edited by Stephen H. Segal. Segal is the Hugo Award winning senior contributing editor to Weird Tales, the world’s oldest fantasy/sci-fi/horror magazine, and an […]

Cal Cooper: Telephone Calls From the Dead

A friend and colleague recently made me aware of a BBC News report about people allegedly receiving telephone calls and text messages from a deceased friend and family member. I was intrigued by this and my friend suggested I consult the work of Cal Cooper on the phenomenon. I tracked him down via the Internet […]

Open Graves, Open Minds: Bram Stoker Centenary Symposium

Dr. Sam George of the University of Hertfordshire informed me about the following upcoming conference. Open Graves, Open Minds: Bram Stoker Centenary Symposium 20-21 April 2012 This symposium arose from the Open Graves, Opens Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture Research Project, led by Dr Sam George at the University of Hertfordshire. Initiated […]

Hellraiser and Popular Esotericism

The Academic Study of Magic list recently included a fascinating scholarly paper abstract that dovetails with the interests of TheoFantastique. Leon Marvell of Deakin University will be presenting at the International Conference on Esotericism, Culture and Religion at UC Davis with a paper titled “Under the Sign of Baphomet: Hellraiser and Popular Esotericism.” Here is […]

April Launch of “AMC The Walking Dead Social Game”

I will be a periodic contributor to a website aimed at fans of The Walking Dead called The Talking Walking Dead. My first post is a news item that discusses the forthcoming “AMC The Walking Dead Social Game” on Facebook. That news item can be found here.

Incognitum Hactenus – Open Call for Submission – Living On: Zombies

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSION Living On: Zombies Incognitum Hactenus is re-thinking the zombie. The release of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 1968 solidified our cultural awareness of what a zombie was and marked the beginning of the zombie film as a staple of Hollywood storytelling. Now a (regenerative) genre unto itself, […]

Sarah Juliet Lauro – Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Zombie studies continues to see the addition of new academic analyses as a part of the broader area of horror studies. One of the most recent and valuable additions is Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human, edited by Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro (Fordham University Press, 2011). From the back […]

Call for Papers: 5th Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference at Dragon*Con

Call for Participation / Call for Abstracts Institute for Comics Studies Comic Book Convention Conference Series 5th ANNUAL COMICS & POPULAR ARTS CONFERENCE at DRAGON*CON Atlanta, Georgia August 31-September 3, 2012 The Institute for Comic Studies and Dragon*Con present the fifth annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts. The conference […]

Call for Papers – “Science-Fiction Myths: Travels through Time and Space”

CALL FOR PAPERS “Science-Fiction Myths: Travels through Time and Space” An area of multiple panels for the Film & History Conference on “Film and Myth” September 26-30, 2012 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA www.filmandhistory.org Deadline: June 1, 2012 Films that depict travel through time and space captivate us with tales of the past, the future, the distant, […]

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