Transmedia Monsters and Villains

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Antonio Sanna
contact email: 


This new series aims to cover the fascinating subject of monsters and villains through an interdisciplinary perspective represented by fields as different as literary, film, religious, gender and art studies as much as philosophy and sociological and ecocritical approaches. Each volume will focus on a single figure (or group of figures) and examine it in its multiple incarnations, from their origins in myth, folklore and history as well as in a literary text, to their various adaptations in different media, including comics, graphic novels, cinema, TV, exhibitions, the visual arts, merchandise and tourist attractions. Most welcome will also be an approach to the subject that transcends genres and thus examine the single monsters and villains as they are presented in horror fiction, thriller, science fiction, etc.

We welcome both edited collections and monographs, but the essential requirements of the volumes will be their interdisciplinarity and their focus on the issues of adaptation and transmediality. Proposals may include (but are certainly not limited to) the following figures:

  1. Dracula
  2. Frankenstein’s creature
  3. The werewolf
  4. The mummy
  5. Zombies
  6. Witches and wizards
  7. The Golem
  8. Doppëlgangers
  9.  Hybrids, clones and experiments

10. Mad scientists

11. Serial killers

12. Cannibals

13. Aliens

14. Ghosts

15. Spirits

16. Gods, demi-gods and mythological creatures (from any mythology)

17. Dinosaurs

18. Machines, cyborgs and androids

19. Dragons

20. Underwater creatures

21. Underground creatures

22. Shapeshifters

23. Mutants, mutations and freaks

24. Tyrants, dictators and warlords (including historical figures)

25. Orcs, ogres and trolls

26. Folklore figures

27. Clowns

28. Statues, dolls, puppets and animated objects

29. Satan, demons and Biblical figures

30. Personifications of Death


We will gladly welcome any queries by prospective authors/editors for the preparation of a proposal. Please contact Dr. Antonio Sanna (

Antonio Sanna is a "Cultore della materia" at the University of Sassari, Italy, and the co-editor of the Lexington Books series  "Critical Companions to Contemporary Directors".