CFP: ‘The Terror of Now’: Contemporary American Horror Cinema
Popular Culture Association
March 28-31, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana USA

Over the past decade, American horror cinema has seen an explosion of creativity and innovation in both content and form. This panel seeks to consider the dynamics of these films and how these cultural products offer commentary upon contemporary American society as well as the horror genre itself.

Participants will be asked to compose a conference length paper and present at the Popular Culture Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana March 28-31, 2018. If interested, please submit an abstract of 100-250 words to Shannon Blake Skelton at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by Saturday, September 30th at 11pm Central Time.

Possible Topics Include:
Film to Television Adaptations: Scream: The Series and Ash vs Evil Dead
Genre Commentary: Cabin in the Woods and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
Supernatural Horror: Sinister (2012) and The Conjuring (2013)
Horror of Entrapment: Green Room (2015) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Dystopia: The Purge Franchise
Gender and Horror: The Babadook (2014), The Witch (2015) and Mother! (2017)
Witchcraft: Lords of Salem (2012) and The Witch (2015)
Re-adaptations of Novels: Carrie (2013) and It (2018)
Political Horror: Red State (2011) and Get Out (2017)
Big Budget Horror: World War Z (2013) and The Mummy (2017)
1980s VHS Nostalgia: House of the Devil (2009) and Green Inferno (2015)
Reboots and Remakes: Fright Night (2011), The Thing (2011), Evil Dead (2013), Poltergeist (2015) and Blair Witch (2016)
Franchise Re-visitations: Scream 4 (2011), Rings (2017) and Jigsaw (2017)

Shannon Blake Skelton, PhD
Kansas State University
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