DEADLINE TOMORROW - Holy Horror: Religion and Modern Horror Films

deadline for submissions: 
November 3, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Racheal Harris – Australian Catholic University & Byron Ware – University of New England
contact email: 

Re-Opened Call for Papers, edited collection: Religious themed horror films

The aim of this collection is to consider the themes, characters and content of recent horror films, specifically those which take religion and religious beliefs/rites as their main concepts/focal points. Of particular interest to the collection is how religiously inspired horror films have evolved from within the horror genre. If we consider horror films of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, we note that serial killers, urban legends and nocturnal creatures (such as vampires or werewolves) were the primary characters used for terrifying cinema goers. By contrast, in the modern day it is religion (once turned to for sanctuary, comfort and protection) that has become the source of all terror and evil. We encourage abstracts from all academic backgrounds and from students/researchers at any stage of the academic journey which consider and explore this evolution.

As this is a re-opened call, I am looking for contributions which focus on the specific films listed below:

-     Deliver Us From Evil

-     Haunting in Connecticut I & II

-     At the Devils Door

-     The Last Exorcism

-     The Possession of Michael King

-     Insidious

-     The Amityville Horror

-     Ouija

-     The Return (2006)

-     The Evil Dead

-     End of Days

Concepts that might be explored in reference to these films include;

-     The recent interest in Ed and Lorraine Warren

-     Concepts of Possession in general

-     Depictions of exorcisms

-     Depictions of Roman Catholicism

-     Vengeful spirits

-     The astral plane

-     Spirit boards

-     Judaism and the idea of the dybbuk

-     ‘based on a true story’ films

-     Novel to film adaptations

Once a list of contributors has been established, we will be submitting a proposal to Routledge, in hopes that the book will be published as part of the Advances in Film Studies Series.

Please be aware that a contract has not been offered at this time and the success of this project will rely on the quality of contributions offered. If we are unsuccessful in securing a contract with our intended publisher, we will source a contract with other reputable academic publishers.

Please also be aware that all chapters will be subject to final approval and initial acceptance does not guarantee publication of the finished chapter. We are dedicated to working with you to make your contribution as amazing as it can be, but the overall work will also need to be cohesive. As such, you will need to write with this in mind and have an open mind to perhaps making amendments to content in order to make your contribution cohesive with the larger work.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words and a brief biography of no more than 300 words should be emailed to: holyhorror2017@gmail.com by 3 November October 2017.

We will respond to all submissions by 1 December 2017. Once we have a confirmed list of contributors we will complete the proposal and submit to the publisher. Once we have a contract we will be in touch with successful contributors with an updated timeline.