MEARCSTAPA/Preternature special issue

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
contact email: 


Call for Papers


MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application) invites papers on any topic of Monsters/Monster theory, or the Supernatural/Uncanny for a special issue of the journal Preternature(PSU Press). The special issue will celebrate MEARCSTAPA’s tenth anniversary as an academic society dedicated to the study of the monstrous.


Papers are welcome from anywhere on the globe, in any discipline of the Humanities,can reflect any genre, and can include any historical or literary period. Papers must be in English, and must conform to the Preternaturesubmission guidelines. Submission guidelines can be found at


Please send full papers of 8,000-12,000 words by October 1, 2018to Melissa Ridley Elmes at and Thea Tomaini at Papers will undergo a double-blind review by at least two reviewers.


Preternature provides an interdisciplinary, inclusive forum for the study of topics that stand in the liminal space between the known world and the inexplicable. The journal embraces a broad and dynamic definition of the preternatural that encompasses the weird and uncanny—magic, witchcraft, spiritualism, occultism, esotericism, demonology, monstrophy, and more, recognizing that the areas of magic, religion, and science are fluid and that their intersections should continue to be explored, contextualized, and challenged.