Streaming Horrors: The Audiovisual Genre in the Digital Era - Call for Chapter Proposals

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Sotiris Petridis
  • Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance: by 15 July 2022
  • Deadline for chapters: 15 December 2022


Audiovisual content has expanded into new ways of production, distribution, and screening enabled by the evolution of technology and the advent of new media. Apart from giving new life to older audiovisual works by making them accessible to the wide public through an alternative way of consumption, streaming platforms are producing original content that is meant to be consumed exclusively via online means.

Older audiovisual practices are now largely replaced by the technological evolution of the new media, which have drastically changed the landscape of the industry. By defying the classical distinction between cinema and television, the streaming services can blur the lines between the old media and create new ways of narration that adapt audiovisual storytelling to contemporary needs. 

Audiovisual horror is one of the genres that managed to adjust into the digital era and flourish through its evolution that is based on the conventions that the streaming services brought to the fore. New media strengthen the horror genre by introducing classic horror to the new generations and by creating new content that obeys to the needs of the digital society.

Audience fragmentation, solitary watching and binge-watching along with narrative complexity are some of the catalysts in the rapid evolvement and re-invention of the audiovisual horror. 

This edited collection will focus on this turning point of the genre and the fundamental changes that take place. Contributions may include (but are not limited to) the following topics: 


  • New forms of horror narratives
  • The evolution of horror subgenres and their relation to the new media
  • Target Audiences 
  • The horror fandom in the digital era
  • Comparing models of horror distribution in different SVOD platforms
  • National horror narratives
  • Horror Adaptation in the digital era
  • Horror Franchises and streaming services 
  • Sequels, Reboots, and New Instalments of Famous Horror Franchises
  • Globalization
  • Creating horror films as original content
  • Interactive narratives
  • Intertextuality and intermediality
  • SVOD platforms and the evolution of horror
  • Binge-watching and the new structuring methods of horror narratives
  • Streaming Original Content and international licensing rights to foreign audiovisual works
  • SVOD marketing and Film/TV award seasons



Please send your 300-word proposal and short bio to at the latest by 30 June 2022. Acceptances will be sent out in July 2022. Final chapters will be expected to be around 6,000-7,000 words, in English. We are expecting final chapters on 15 December 2022.