Death in Supernatural **DEADLINE EXTENDED** [Edited Collection under contract with McFarland Publishers]

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Mandy Taylor and Susan Nylander

Project Overview

Editors Taylor and Nylander seek original essays for an edited collection exploring the the nature of death as well as the character Death, the Horseman, in the television show Supernatural.  As death is a constant theme and sometime driver of the show’s narrative, this collection seeks to more fully examine the ways Supernatural represents, personifies, and explores death.   This collection is under contract with McFarland Publishers.


Chapters in the proposed collection can focus on one or more of the following categories:

  • Psychological analyses of death, dying, and grief in the series

  • Examinations of the various myths and traditions surrounding death in the series

  • The personification of death in the series, specifically Death the Horseman and the Reapers.

  • Death in the Winchester family, (other than Sam’s and Dean’s deaths). Things to consider here:  What does “family” mean in Supernatural? What happens when a family member dies? How do Sam and Dean cope with a family member’s loss?

  • Examinations of Sam’s and Dean’s deaths specifically. How do the brothers cope with their own and each other's deaths? 

  • Death and resurrection in the series

  • Examinations of the nature and power of souls  in Supernatural

  • Examinations of the afterlife in Supernatural

  • Examinations of specific episodes dealing with death, dying, and/or grief

  • American culture and death as seen in the series

  • Gender and death

  • Particular character deaths and their impact on the Fandom and/or narrative continuity. .Some notable deaths include those of Bobby Singer, Kevin Tran, and Charlie Bradbury.


Other perspectives on death, Death the Horseman, dying, and/or grief in the series will also be considered.


Proposal Due Dates--Deadlines extended! 

Preference will be given to proposals received on or before September 30, 2016. Proposals should be no longer than 500 words and be accompanied by a CV.

Final manuscripts of 6,000-8,000 words should be submitted in MLA style (8th edition) by February 28, 2017.


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