The Age of Lovecraft: Cosmic Horror, Posthumanism, and Popular Culture

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Carl Sederholm / Brigham Young University
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Call for Proposals: The Age of Lovecraft: Cosmic Horror, Posthumanism, and Popular Culture

Editors: Carl Sederholm and Jeffrey Weinstock

250 word proposals are sought for chapter contributions to an edited scholarly collection on H. P. Lovecraft and his place in 21st century literature, film, media, and popular culture.

This collection will consider the late 20th and early 21st century as "The Age of Lovecraft," a time in which his popularity, his writing, and his influence, have achieved unprecedented levels of cultural saturation. Our goal is to assemble a collection of essays that will help us assess Lovecraft's place in contemporary culture. In short, we will be asking why Lovecraft, why now?

250 word proposals should be submitted to the editors by October 31st 2012, with essays of approximately 6000 words due one year later. We are more than happy to discuss possible ideas in advance of submission of a proposal.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• Critical and Theoretical Reconsiderations of HPL's oeuvre
• Interrelations between Cosmic horror and ecological disaster
• Lovecraft, Monstrosity, and Posthumanism
• The Lovecraft Circle and Lovecraft's shadow: King, Gaiman, Mieville, F. Paul Wilson, Tim Powers, and others
• Popular culture appropriations of H.P. Lovecraft
• Adaptation Theory and Cinematic adaptations of HPL

Questions may be addressed to Carl Sederholm at and Jeffrey Weinstock at