CFP: Horror Comes Home
The horror genre in film and television is no stranger to images of home.
As Carol Clover notes, most horror occurs within a “terrible place,” often
a space that, in fact, represents home, transforming it from a refuge to a
prison or a supernatural battleground.
How do our understandings of home shift within the horror genre when “home”
might mean a coffin, a sideshow, a hotel, a tent, or transitory refuge?
What happens to notions of home when it is the site of physical or
psychological violence or contamination? This volume seeks to engage with
the spectrum of these representations of home within the horror genre.
We seek proposals for intelligent, accessible chapters—rigorous scholarship
and innovative ideas expressed in clear, vigorous, jargon-free prose—that
examine and critically analyze the concept of “home” as it is portrayed in
the horror genre across a range of films and eras. Proposals for both
topical essays and close readings of a single text are welcome. Proposals
on films produced outside the US are very welcome. Previously unpublished
work only, please.
Essays might explore topics including, but not limited to:
· Haunted houses in horror films
· Psychological states projected onto home spaces
· Menacing homes
· The womb as horrific home
· Familial relationships in horror
· The hotel or hostel as a transitory home site
· Threats to the home
· Gendered or racially defined home spaces as liminal spaces within
· Class relationships as they inform home and horror
· How sites become “home” in relationship to horrific events
Please send your 500-word abstract to all three co-editors, Cindy Miller (
[log in to unmask]), Bow Van Riper ([log in to unmask]), and
Susan Kerns ([log in to unmask]).
Abstracts – January 15, 2018
First Drafts – August 1, 2018
Revisions – November 1, 2018
Submission – February 1, 2019
Acceptance will be contingent upon the contributors' ability to meet these
deadlines, and to deliver professional-quality work. Contributors who,
without prior arrangement, do not submit their initial draft by the
deadline will, regrettably, be dropped from the project.
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu