Classic Horror

deadline for submissions: 
April 25, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Horror Homeroom
contact email: 

CLASSIC HORROR - abstracts due April 25, 2022

2022 is the 90th anniversary of the numerous amazing classic horror films that were released in 1932, among them Freaks, Island of Lost Souls, The Most Dangerous Game, The Old Dark House, The Mummy, and White Zombie. To mark this anniversary, we are soliciting abstracts for a special 'journal' issue of the website Horror Homeroom on classic horror.  This special issue, which will come out in 2022, will certainly honor those films that have their anniversary this year, but we also want to broaden what classic horror looks like and are interested in essays that explore other national cinemas and lesser-known films.

So, what is classic horror? We’re suggesting that it’s any film released prior to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film, Psycho--the film that saw the birth of ‘modern’ horror (although we're interested in abstracts that contest those designations!)   

Emerging and advanced scholars, popular writers, and fans are invited to submit abstracts on any aspect of the subgenre. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Body horror and 1930s mad scientists
  • Comedy-horror franchises
  • Intersectional readings of Universal monsters
  • Undead iconography and the Gothic
  • Spencer Williams’ Son of Ingagi and early Black horror
  • Horror film as historical document
  • Otherness and paranoia
  • Film aesthetics  
  • Influence of the ‘Code’ on US horror
  • Pre-Hollywood horror
  • Classic horror adaptations of literary works
  • Contemporary cinematic adaptations of classic horror (e.g., Universal’s new monster films)
  • Disability and classic horror
  • Race, ethnicity, and nationalism in early horror

Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words and a brief bio to Dawn Keetley and Elizabeth Erwin at and by April 25, 2022. Articles will be limited to 2,500 words and should be written for a general audience. Completed essays will be due June 17, 2022. We welcome all questions and inquiries!