Call for Papers peer reviewed Journal

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Pennywise Dreadful Journal

Call for Papers

In Stephen King’s Gothic (2011) John Sears asserts that rereading King represents ‘an exercise in the extension of repetition, in the act of rereading an oeuvre already deeply structured … by its own engagement in the Gothic habit of rereading … To reread King would be to enter … and perhaps to become lost within, a labyrinth of intra- and intertextual relations, an immense and complex textual space’ (2). Sears’s framing of King’s writing is a critical response to David Punter’s question about the susceptibility of King’s writing to rereading (1996).

Proposals are invited for the second issue of Pennywise Dreadful, concerning the intertextuality that permeates King’s fiction, and the variant ways in which King’s work is both haunted by his literary and cultural heritage, and haunts contemporary configurations of Gothic and horror. This issue of the journal will extend some of the critical dialogues initiated at Rereading Stephen King: Navigating the Intertextual Labyrinth, open other prospective avenues of scholarly enquiry, and continue the process of addressing the lack of scholarship recognising King’s contribution to American letters. Topics which may be explored by contributors could include, but are not limited to:

  • King and Genre (Horror, Gothic, Science Fiction, Western, Crime)
  • King’s Influences (Bradbury, Lovecraft, Matheson, Poe et al.)
  • King’s Influence (on Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe Hill et al).
  • King’s Short Fiction
  • King on Screen
  • King’s Recurrent Places/Spaces (Castle Rock, Maine, Shawshank)

Articles of 6,000-8,000 words, complete with an abstract of 200-300 words and a short biography of 50-100 words should be submitted via e-mail to the journal’s editors Alan Gregory and Dawn Stobbart at no later than 30 November 2018.


Prospective contributors are welcome to contact us at the above address if they have any questions.

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