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Critical Considerations of “The Conjuring’s” Ed and Lorraine Warren

As mentioned in a previous post, The Conjuring has generated a lot of discussion and controversy. One area that has received a lot of attention is its depiction of evil witches and the “darkness of witchcraft” in connection Christian conceptions of Satan and demonology. You can read my previous post, a guest essay by a […]

Heather Greene Guest Essay: The Conjuring and Horror Depictions of “Evil Witches”

The Conjuring has been the focus of a lot of discussion recently from a variety of perspectives: It surprisingly broke box office records in its debut weekend, beating out much bigger budget movies; Salon.com claimed it was a “right-wing, woman-hating film; two individuals responsible for producing the film stated that they hoped the film, with […]

Interview with David Hufford on “the Old Hag” in Paranthropology

The new issue of Paranthropology officially launches tomorrow, but is available now in Vol. 4, No. 3. I am pleased to have a contribution in the form of “From Sleep Paralysis to Spiritual Experience: An Interview With David Hufford.” The essay can be found on pages 21-28, and the whole issue can be downloaded here. […]

ParaNorman: Animated Horror for Kids with an Adult Message

What do you get when you mix monster kid nostalgia with an appreciation for 1980s horror, an understanding of being an ostracized kid, and the use of stop-motion animation artistry? The answer: ParaNorman, a wonderful film that opened this weekend and which, in this reviewer’s estimation, lives up to the many positive reviews it has […]

Call for Papers: Special issue of Horror Studies

Call for Papers: Special issue of Horror Studies “Paranormal TV” Helen Wheatley, in Gothic Television, argues that beginning in the early 1990s, gothic texts became particularly visible in television; like the gothic, paranormal-themed television became especially prevalent beginning in the 1990s and, again like the gothic, paranormal television has cut across genres, with particular visibility […]

Call for Papers on Paranormal Media

Call for Papers for Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference, 2013 (Chicago) Paranormal Media Annette Hill, in Paranormal Media: Audiences, Spirits and Magic in Popular Culture, observes that in recent years, paranormal beliefs have entered the mainstream. Although the paranormal had a presence in popular culture and various media forms for centuries, […]

Call for Papers: Representations of Ghosts in Media and Popular Culture

CFP: Representations of Ghosts in Media and Popular Culture Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2013 Annual Conference Chicago, 6-10 March 2013 Deadline for submission of abstracts: 7 August 2012 Spirits and ghosts have been part of our culture for hundreds of years. On the stage of Shakespeare’s dramas and in religious rituals, in Dickens’ […]

Call for Abstracts: A “Supernatural” History of Central Europe, 1870-Present

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, […]

Ghost Images: Cinema of the Afterlife

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 […]

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 […]

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