CFP: Paranormal Mysteries (theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection)

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Clues: A Journal of Detection

Submission deadline: December 29, 2011
Guest editor: A. B. Emrys (University of Nebraska–Kearney)

Paranormal mysteries often feature the usual suspects (ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and so forth) but also branch into the gothic, spirituality (as in Tony Hillerman's skinwalkers, Michael Gruber's shaman trilogy), and other magic realism, as well as biochemical transformation (as in the Relic series) and a wide variety of mystery hybrids with horror and dark fantasy. For this theme issue of _Clues_, potential contributors are urged to think outside the normal boxes. Thematic analysis might include (but is not limited to):

• the paranormal as red herring (explained away by the end, as in Arthur Conan Doyle's _The Hound of the Baskervilles_)

• minority culture treated as paranormal (as in depictions of voodoo as horror) in mystery texts

• whether horror/dark fantasy in general requires detection

• the paranormal dialogue with subcategories of mystery: clue-puzzle/hard-boiled/noir/private eye/spy/police procedural/etc.

• paranormal romance in relation to romantic suspense

• the mystery ingredients most affected by paranormal hybridity

• women characters as detectives and/or monsters and/or victims in paranormal mysteries

• international adaptations of British horror classics

• film/TV adaptations of paranormal mysteries

• use and/or overuse of providence and other supernatural means for mystery resolution

• the dialogue between literary and popular gothic texts

• stage adaptations of paranormal detection

• paranormal mysteries as reading tools/pedagogical resources

Submissions should include a 50-word abstract and 4-5 keywords, and be between 15 and 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 3,300 to 6,000 words) in Microsoft Word with minimal formatting. Manuscripts should follow the _MLA Style Manual_ (3rd ed., 2008), including parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized list of Works Cited. Please confirm that manuscripts have been submitted solely to _Clues_.

Submit manuscripts by email to:
Dr. Janice Allan
Executive Editor, _Clues: A Journal of Detection_

Direct questions to:
Elizabeth Foxwell
Managing Editor, _Clues: A Journal of Detection_

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