Critical Approaches to the Horror-Comedy Film - Chapters Sought

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Elizabeth Erwin/ Lehigh University & Gwendolyn Hofmann/ Lehigh University
contact email: 

With a cinematic legacy that traces back to the silent film era, the horror-comedy hybrid is a cornerstone of American filmmaking and yet, it is a particularly difficult sub-genre to pin down. By representing what Noël Carroll referred to as opposite sides of the same coin, horror and humor tap into similar aspects of cultural dread in order to create in audiences the specific physiological experiences of fear and laughter, respectively. Horror-comedy films speak to our emotional connection to film and yet, there is limited critical analysis devoted to this sub-genre. This edited collection is our answer to that oversight.

We envision this book to be a serious look at the ways in which horror-comedy films function to create a unique viewing experience for the audience as well as how the sub-genre broadens traditional notions of horror and dread. Emerging and advanced scholars are invited to submit chapters exploring broadly the sub-genre, as well as in-depth examinations of particular films. We are especially interested in having the following films represented within the collection but welcome submissions on other films as well:

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • The Comedy of Terrors (1964)
  • Spider Baby (1968)
  • Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
  • Student Bodies (1981)
  • Saturday the 14th (1981)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  • Elvira: Mistress of Dark (1988)
  • Leprechaun (1993)
  • Serial Mom (1994)
  • Psycho Beach Party (2000)
  • Scary Movie (2000)
  • Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
  • Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Please submit abstracts of 500 words along with a brief bio to Elizabeth Erwin and Gwendolyn Hofmann at by April 30, 2019. Articles will be limited to 6,000 words (this includes notes and bibliography).

Our proposed timeline reflects our desire to move quickly on this project:

  • Abstracts due: April 30, 2019
  • Articles due: July 20, 2019
  • Edited articles due: October 20, 2019

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (