Call for Abstracts: “A ‘Supernatural’ History of Central Europe, 1870-present” Editors: Eric Kurlander (Stetson U.) and Monica Black (U. of Tenn., Knoxville) Deadline: August 1, 2012 Despite the ostensible “disenchantment of the world” proclaimed by Max Weber at the beginning of the twentieth century, Central Europe has a rich modern history of occultism, folklore, paganism, [...]
There are many forthcoming animated monster offerings in cinema. From ParaNorman and Frankenweenie, to this new trailer for Hotel Transylvania. Monster Kids young and old rejoice.
I received news today from my co-editor, Tony Mills, that McFarland Publishing has agreed to to publish our book Joss Whedon and Religion. The description from the accepted proposal: The works of Joss Whedon — from his hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, to his popular comic book writing on Fray [...]
Joss Whedon’s latest film, The Cabin in the Woods, has been out in theaters long enough now for a significant amount of reviews and commentary to be published on it. With few exceptions, the reviews have been positive, if not glowing. In this post I will supplement some of the commentary previously offered, and present [...]
Documentaries on geek culture in connection with fan conventions are a continued item of interest for TheoFantastique. In addition to those explored in previous posts we are pleased to add Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope to the list. The film synopsis from the official website: Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and [...]
Some recent research turned up a book title that I found helpful, Ghost Images: Cinema of the Afterlife by Tom Ruffles (McFarland, 2004). The back cover of the book describes Ruffles as a teacher in communication skills and film studies in the United Kingdom, but the promotional materials from the publisher indicate another interesting facet [...]
The list for the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association recently shared a call for papers on fairy tales: The new millennium has born witness to a multitude of reinventions. Various mythological creatures have been reinvented, vampires, werewolves, and zombies to name but a few. Fairy tales also have been recreated in an ever [...]