Issue 2: Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Gothic Nature Journal

Gothic Nature: Issue 2 Call for Abstracts
September 2019 saw the publication of the inaugural issue of Gothic Nature, a new journal seeking to explore the darker side of our relationship with the nonhuman world. This journal provides a space for both new and established scholars working at the intersections of ecocriticism, Gothic and horror studies, and the wider environmental humanities more broadly to provoke and further conversations on all things ‘Gothic Nature’. The journal aims to provide a deeper understanding of the significance of the monstrous, sublime, spectral, and uncanny constructions of Nature that appear in our multifarious tales of fear, as well as of how Gothic and horror might factor in our conceptions and experiences of emergent ecosocial crisis. 
The essays included in the first issue are varied, innovative, compelling, and rigorous. They provide a wealth of ecocentric readings of both classic and lesser-known Gothic and horror texts and explore some of the latest ‘darker’ developments in the environmental humanities. They reveal the many different ways in which we can interpret ‘ecohorror’ and ‘ecoGothic’ to bring to light the more unsettling aspects of human and nonhuman relationships, all the while forcing us to confront the deeply unsettling and increasingly visible human-caused ecological changes we might prefer to ignore. 
For issue two, we are seeking contributions from researchers eager to build on these discussions and/or offer new insights. Though in future we will have special issues on specific themes, due to the fact that the terms ‘ecohorror’, ‘ecoGothic’, and ‘Gothic Nature’ are all relatively recent, we’re deliberately extending an open call for papers in order to discover and celebrate evolving research in these areas. Essays should seek, broadly, to interrogate how Gothic and/or horror engage with our fears of ‘Nature’, both real and imagined, as well as fears about its degradation, disappearance, and mutation. The journal deliberately covers a wide historical perspective and geographical scope and is keen to include creative pieces and interdisciplinary research.
Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
• EcoGothic and ecohorror: theories, distinctions, directions. • Diversifying the ecoGothic: Gothic Nature and class/race/gender/sexuality.  • EcoGothic in action: ecohorror, ecoGothic, and environmental activism.  • Haunted environments.  • The dark blue Gothic: Gothic coasts, seas, oceans, icescapes, etc. • The dark green Gothic: Gothic woods, forests, heaths, gardens, etc.
• Anthropocene Gothic. • Gothic ecology, Gothic geology, Gothic and climate crisis. • Gothic and waste, pollution, and/or sustainability. • Nature monsters: wolves, trolls, wendigos, witches, Pan, etc. • Animal horror. • Plant horror. • Ecocritical perspectives on globalgothic.
If you are interested in submitting to Gothic Nature, please send a 350 word abstract, a 2000 word writing sample,* and a 150 word academic bio to by November 15th, 2019. If selected for publication, full drafts of articles will be due March 1st, 2020. Please send any informal queries to Elizabeth Parker and Michelle Poland at

* This sample can be from any previously published work or lifted from any original research (e.g. doctoral thesis). 


About this Journal

Gothic Nature is a new interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed open access academic journal seeking to explore the latest evolutions of thought in the areas of ecohorror and the ecoGothic. It welcomes articles, reviews, interviews, and original creative pieces interrogating the darker sides of our relationship with the nonhuman from new and more revered scholars alike working at the intersections of ecocriticism, Gothic and horror studies, and the wider environmental humanities.

Editorial Board

Founding editor: Dr Elizabeth Parker

Co-editors: Dr Elizabeth Parker and Dr Michelle Poland
Editorial Board: Professor Stacy Alaimo, Professor Eric G. Anderson, Dr Scott Brewster, Dr Kevin Corstorphine, Professor Sara L. Crosby, Dr Rachele Dini, Professor Simon C. Estok, Dr Tom J. Hillard, Professor William Hughes, Professor Dawn Keetley, Dr Ian Kinane, Dr John Miller, Professor Jennifer Schell, Professor Matthew Wynn Sivils, Professor Andrew Smith, Dr Samantha Walton. 


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