SATANIC PANIC - Call for submissions - deadline July 25

full name / name of organization: 
Spectacular Optical Publications

Spectacular Optical Publications ( is a small-press publisher of cult film and pop culture books based in Canada. As you may know, Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER! โ€“ all about cool, tuff and inspiring kids in cult film and TV- is currently set to launch at the Fantasia Film Festival in July 2014. With KID POWER on the presses, it's time to start thinking about our next anthology book. Our proposed follow-up is:

Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

We are accepting proposals for essays or interviews of 3000-5000 words each, that in some way address the various media that attempted to illuminate โ€“ and in many cases propagate โ€“ the widespread fear of a Satanic conspiracy throughout North America that ran from the publication of Michelle Remembers in 1980 to the end of the McMartin Preschool Trial in 1990. The types of media to be explored can include literature, print journalism, theatrical films, made-for-TV films, short films, direct-to-video films, TV news specials, cartoons, comics, graphic arts, music, commercials and infomercials.

Articles can focus on a specific film/book/artwork/case, or they may offer overarching analyses that touch upon many different elements. All pieces should be rigorously historically researched (with citations) and offer cultural context and critique. We are not looking merely for reviews. While we do not require an academic writing style, we do require academic standards of research. Proposals focused on similar events outside of North America will also be considered. Each accepted piece shall comprise a chapter of the book, which aims to provide a unique, vibrant and informative overview of the period.

Proposals are due by July 25, 2014 at 9:00 am CST.

If you would like to submit a proposal for SATANIC PANIC, please submit the following to before 9:00am CST on Monday, July 25, 2014. Submit the content below in one single document as either .doc, .docx or .pdf. Please put "Satanic Panic" in the subject line of the email. You may submit more than one proposal.

Proposal requirements:

1. Your professional CV and a short biography (50-100 words). Please note if you identify as Canadian.
2. A working title and a draft introduction/opening paragraph for the chapter of around 450 words that includes your thesis statement.
3. Please list any ways you would be able to aid in the book's promotion. Also note whether you would be able to source/provide any high-res images to accompany your chapter.

Complete and final manuscripts are due Monday October 6, 2014. If you submit a proposal, please be sure you are confident that you have the time and ability to hand in your chapter by this date. Any proposals that are shortlisted will result in a second round of questions, including a request for a proposed bibliography. You will be notified by email no later than August 15, 2014. If selected, you will be sent a contract, and there will be monetary compensation for your chapter following publication.