Transmedia Horror

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University of Melbourne

Special Issue: Transmedia Horror (Abstracts due 20th of June 2013)

Horror revolves around the distortion and transgression of apparently secure boundaries: those which separate life from death, subject from object, and past from present. The monsters of the horror film are interstitial beings who defy the ontological security of hermetic categories. Yet as the lines between media forms become increasingly blurred in contemporary culture, we are continually confronted with the question: if the monstrous is that which refuses to be categorized, where do monsters belong? By rearing their ugly heads in teen romance films, comedies and even in the 'real' world through theme park rides and alternate reality games, the monstrous beings of horror film extend their threats beyond the diegetic world, erupting through the boundaries which delineate genres and mediums as well. This special issue of Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media seeks original essays that explore the ways in which horror functions when the monstrous creeps through no longer distinct generic and media forms. Possible areas of inquiry will include, but are not limited to:

Horror in games, theme parks and the internet
High concept horror television
Advertising spaces, censorship and horror
The melting of the boundary which fences horror off from other genres
Horror in viral marketing and alternate reality games
Liminal media spaces
Disturbances to the 'safe' role of the spectator when the monster threatens to extend beyond the diegetic narrative and into the 'real' world
The function and construction of the monster in paranormal romance texts
The role of monsters and the monstrous in contemporary news media

Interested contributors are invited to submit abstracts between 400 and 500 words long (attached as a Word document) by the 20th of June, 2013.

Notification of acceptance: 30th of July, 2013.

Full papers between 5,000 and 7,000 words due 20th of October, 2013 - to be edited and redrafted thereafter.

Final essays due back: 20th of December, 2013

Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media is an online, fully refereed journal.
Its on-line form encourages the use of links and thus the incorporation of other media objects, information and environments. Authors are encouraged, especially in this issue, to take advantage of this format.

Abstracts and questions should be directed to and