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Call For Papers: Science Fiction and the Bible (ISBL/EABS 2014)

The research group "Science Fiction and the Bible" meets for the second time at ISBL/EABS in Vienna (July 6th-10th). We invite proposals for papers which engage with the possibilities of discussing biblical literature informed by Science Fiction (SF) or closely related genres. Proposals for papers are invited that apply specific works, tropes, or theories from […]

Review: Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s

One of the best writers analyzing contemporary genre film and television is John Kenneth Muir. His new volume adds to an impressive body of work with Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s (The Lulu Show, 2013). In this volume he follows a template used in his previous work. Following a helpful Introduction to […]

Penderecki, horrific liturgy, and 'The Shining'

What does classical music composed in the wake of World War II and the attempt to grapple with massive death and human cruelty have to do with a popular horror film from 1980? Quite a lot as it turns out. I should have known this, but to my pleasant surprise I just listened to a […]

Titles of Interest: The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters

The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters, edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock (Ashgate, 2014) From vampires and demons to ghosts and zombies, interest in monsters in literature, film, and popular culture has never been stronger. This concise Encyclopedia provides scholars and students with a comprehensive and authoritative A-Z of monsters throughout the ages. It […]

Titles of Interest: The Works of Tim Burton

I will be writing a review of this volume for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. The Works of Time Burton: Margins to Mainstream, edited By Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Tim Burton has had a massive impact on twentieth and twenty-first century culture through his films, art, and writings. The contributors […]

Titles of Interest: British Gothic Cinema

British Gothic Cinema by Barry Forshaw (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Forshaw provides a definitive, wide-ranging study of the British horror film produced by the Hammer studios and their rivals from the 1940s and 1950s up to the 21st century and the new popularity of the genre. Beginning with a lively discussion of the great literary antecedents, […]

Call for Papers - Sights and Frights: Victorian Visual Culture, Horror and the Supernatural

"Sights and Frights: Victorian Visual Culture, Horror and the Supernatural" University of Sussex June 19 2014 Deadline: December 16, 2013 “Sights and Frights” is a one day interdisciplinary conference, aimed at both academics and post-graduate students, whose aim is to explore and interrogate cultural cross-currents between nineteenth-century visual culture, science and social practice, particularly where […]

Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture

Although the deadline for this has passed, I wanted to make readers aware of the conference and the subject matter, art and esotericism. CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline for submission: 31 October 2013) We invite proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, provided that they present innovative insights into visual, symbolic or material aspects of […]

PCA/ACA Call for Participants: A Roundtable on Contemporary American Horror Cinema

Call for Participants: "'Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood': A Roundtable on Contemporary American Horror Cinema" Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference Chicago, IL USA April 16-19, 2014 This roundtable discussion is centered upon recent scholarship, research and criticism concerning contemporary American horror cinema. Participants will read the volumes American Horror Film: The […]

Salt Lake Comic Con Expands to Include Second Event for 2014

I attended the 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con as a media representative, and was invited to their press conference today but was unable to attend. After the event they released the following press release. Salt Lake City will see not one, but two fan conventions in 2014! Salt Lake Comic Con Is Baaack! With Great […]

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