CFP: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Phenomena book -deadline March 3, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
editor Marisa Hayes

Now accepting abstracts to be considered for a new book, Fan Phenomena: The Rocky Horror Picture Show from Intellect Press. This title will be part of the new series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to explore and decode the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film infiltrates its way into the public consciousness.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fan Phenomena) title will examine the film's fan culture, its essential role in creating the midnight movie, audience participation, and cult film cultures, as well as other areas of influence and social impact. Subjects are to be addressed in a thoughtful and accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

the film's role in creating a culture of the midnight movie, audience participation, and the cult film circuit

influence of developing the pastiche tribute film (for its homage to B-Grade Sci Fi, Hammer horror, early 20th century musicals, pulp, comics, etc.)

queer theory

sexual revolution

glam rock aesthetics/drag style


language and linguistics explorations pertaining to the creative use of dialogue and audience call and response during the film
diverse aspects of fan art, fan tributes, and fan culture

economics of fan culture, including creation of low budget cult classic and/or how a cult subject becomes a franchise (sequels, stage revivals, etc.)

Ten essays will be selected and published within the following broad section categories: Fashion, Fan Media, Language, Economics, Virtual, Influence, Philosophies, Character/Characterization.

Abstracts should be 300 words long. Please include a CV or resume with your abstract. Abstracts due March 3, 2014. Final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due July 15, 2014. Please direct all questions and submissions to editor Marisa Hayes: