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Documentary "Room 237": Kubrick's "The Shining" and Interpretive Depth

Folks seem to love or hate Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. I still remember seeing it in the theater, and it remains one of my favorite horror films that is worth repeated viewing. Over the years the film has become the subject of interpretive controversy, with some pointing out many alleged continuity errors, and others […]

John Edgar Browning: Speaking of Monsters

It was with great excitement that I heard about the book Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), edited by John Edgar Browning. This volume provides an in-depth scholarly exploration of a number of facets of teratology, the study of monsters. It took us a while to finish this interview, but Browning made […]

Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks: Beginnings and Endings, Volume 1 available for pre-order

Archive Editions has just announced that Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks: Beginnings and Endings, Volume 1 is now available for pre-order. Written and produced over the past 10 years with Ray Harryhausen's cooperation and support, the complete 3-volume definitive 295,000-word career/biography features interviews with Ray and his colleagues and is profusely illustrated with […]

Call for Proposals: Comics & Popular Arts Conference at Dragon*Con

Comics & Popular Arts Conference The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed. 6th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, […]

Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies at UC Riverside

A PhD Designated Emphasis in Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies will be launched in Fall 2013 at UC Riverside. The SFTS DE will explore the intersections linking science fiction studies, science and technology studies, and technoculture studies. Consistent with other Science and Technology Studies programs around the country and internationally, this program will examine the […]

Hi-Tech and Market Preferences: Mourning the Loss of Disney's Hand-Drawn Animation

I grew up with Disney animation. It was an incredibly formative aspect of both my imaginative life as a youth, as well as an artistic one, and it continues to hold a special place in my mind and heart to the present day. Of course, the quality of 2D animation that came from Disney Studios […]

Wellesley College on Global Science Fiction

International group of scholars examines science fiction through national and cultural traditions Key note address with reading and musical performance, Friday, March 8, 4 p.m.; Screening of Cloud Atlas, Friday, March 8, 7 p.m. Symposium Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Wellesley, Mass., March 1, 2013 – […]

As Good as Dead: Emory Magazine on 'Zombethics' Symposium

Last year on Halloween I was a part of a symposium at Emory University on zombies and "zombethics." I was a part of a panel discussion where I discussed zombie walks and Zombie Jesus and the implications of this for conceptions of body and mind. (Read a summary of my presentation.) You can read the […]

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