Horror Television Series

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Linda Belau University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
contact email: 

Co-editors Kimberly Jackson and Linda Belau seek proposals for a collection of scholarly essays on horror television series. Given the growing presence and cultural significance of horror television in both the United States and in other nations (particularly Japan), the editors are interested in work that engages with this rising sub-genre.  We are leaving this call for essays deliberately quite general so that scholars working on any aspect of the horror television series phenomenon, from any time period or nation, might be able to contribute. We are, however, particularly interested in essays that engage theoretically and critically with horror television.

We encourage submission of papers on a variety of topics. The following list suggests some possibilities and is in no way meant to be exhaustive:

-Analyses of specific horror series programs

-Audience studies

-Sexuality and/or gender in horror series

-Depictions of race and/or ethnicity in horror series

-Horror as allegory/cultural critique

-Horror and politics

-Horror and the nuclear family

-The aesthetics of horror television

-The representation of horror as commodity

-The pleasure of horror media

-Psychoanalytic approaches to horror series

-The psychology of horror

-Depictions of disability in horror series

-Marxist and/or materialist readings of horror television

-The presence of the Gothic in horror series


The editors invite proposals of original work that engages with horror television series and also welcome general inquiries concerning the project.  We have had contact with four academic/university presses that have expressed interest in the project, and we anticipate delivering a completed proposal to the press by the end of the summer.  Completed essays (5000-7000 words in length) will be due by February, 2017. 

Please send paper proposals (including a working bibliography) and a brief cv as MS Word attachments to both Kimberly Jackson (kjackson@fgcu.edu) and Linda Belau (linda.belau@utrgv.edu) by August 1, 2016.