Forgotten Corridors: Gothic Chapbooks, Bluebooks and Shilling Shockers.

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Franz Potter
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We are seeking proposals and contributions for an edited collection of essays on Gothic chapbooks, bluebooks and schilling shockers. Critical and historical studies of Gothic fiction have long struggled to conceal its disreputable and degenerate offspring: the Gothic chapbook and variants. This contemptuous diffidence still endures and as the Gothic literary tradition has advanced its claims for literary value, curiously these short tales of terror remain marginalized; however, their unique history and impact on the Gothic is unmistakable. This unique collection will focus on the history, development and transmutation of these tales of terror.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, historical significance; biographies of authors; publishers of chapbooks; chapbook illustrations; issues of religion, race and gender; adaptations; connection to modern comics; the supernatural. We welcome a range of theoretical approaches to this fascinating and neglected subject. A publisher will be sought from among academic and university presses.

Please send 500-word proposals by July 15th, 2014. If proposals are accepted, final essays should be 5,000 to 6,000 words and submitted by January 15th, 2015. Queries and questions welcome.

Please send your proposal and a brief bio or C.V. (one-page) to: