Studies in the Fantastic is a journal devoted to the Speculative, Fantastic, and Weird in literature and other arts. It publishes work from scholars throughout the world and sustains a lively dialogue within an expanding field that includes film, video, games, comics, graphic novels, digital media, and both traditional and innovative literary modes.
Although grounded in literary studies, we are especially interested in articles examining genres and media that have been underrepresented in humanistic scholarship. Subjects may include, but are not limited to weird fiction, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, video games, architecture, science writing, futurism, and technocracy.
Visualizing Edgar Allan Poe for a New Century: The Early Twentieth-Century Illustrators
Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest: Coming of Age in Dialogue with Fairy Tales
“People Change as Much as Oceans”: Posthumanism in Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Urban Fantasy, Interconnectedness, and Ecological Disaster: Reading Anne Bishop’s The Others Series
The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games
George A. Romero Archival Collection, University of Pittsburgh
Sometimes Dead is Better: A Review of Pet Sematary
Guest Editor’s Introduction: No More Room in Hell: Reanimation, Consumption, and Undead Media
By Sonia Lupher
Global Racial Capitalism and the Asian American Zombie in Ling Ma’s Severance
By Aanchal Saraf
#1BillionForThriller: Revival of “Dead” Content on YouTube
By Kelsey Cummings
Fungal Zombies and Tentacular Thinking: The Chthonic Mother in the Game The Last of Us
By Geneveive Newman
Pressing Rewind: New Encounters with Analog Memories in Ross Sutherland’s Stand By for Tape Back-Up
By Jordan Z. Adler
If the Goo Sticks: Streamlining Slime with Goosebumps on Canada’s YTV Network
By Pat Bonner
“Living Hell”: Fulci’s Eternal City
By Daniel Sacco
The Living Dead in Post-Soviet Cultural Consumption
By Denis Saltykov
“Transitional Gothic: Hammer’s Gothic Revival and New Horror”
By Adam Charles Hart
“Like Clockwork: French Automatons in Life and Literature”
By W. Bradley Holley
“The Politics of Precarity in William Gibson’s Bridge Trilogy”
By Bryan Yazell
“From The Day After to The 100: Nuclear Weapons on Television”
By Steven Holmes
“Creepy Atmospheres and Weird Narration in The OA”
By Steen Ledet Christiansen
The Quest for Female Empowerment in William Morris’s Late Prose Romances
By Weronika Łaszkiewicz
Bad Future: Real-Time Alternate History
By Andrew Frost
Love in the Time of the Zombie Contagion: A Girardian-Weilienne Reading of World War Z
By Duncan Reyburn
The Figure of the Gothic Body in the Fiction of Caitlín R. Kiernan
By James Goho
How to Build a Transsexual Superman: Reading Superman’s Emergence Alongside Histories of Eugenic Science and Gender Confirmation Surgeries
By Dan Vena
How to Hack Lovecraft, Make Friends with His Monsters, and Hijack His Mythos: Reading Biology and Racism in Elizabeth Bear’s ‘Shoggoths in Bloom’
By Anthony Camara
Ghana-da’s Tall-Telling: Reframing History, Estranging Science, and Appropriating Indigenous Structures of Feeling
By Anwesha Maity
‘The Icy Bleakness of Things’: The Aesthetics of Decay in Thomas Ligotti’s ‘The Bungalow House’
By Chris Brawley
With this third issue, Studies in the Fantastic welcomes readers to a reboot and revival of the journal. In the five years since the last issue, many new and exciting trends have arisen in popular culture and scholarship; in the box office, superheroes dominate, and popular franchises—including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Terminator, and Mad Max—are having “reboots” of their own, Game of Thrones has renewed a popular interest in fantasy, and scholarship on popular culture proliferates in venues large and small
Studies in the Fantastic [#3] focuses on reboots, in keeping with a compelling contemporary trend and our own re-launch of the journal. Contributors to the issue tackle issues of adaptation, appropriation, and translation. That these topics are at the heart of current debates in literary and cultural studies speaks to the relevance of the fantastic to critical discourse; that this collection of essays is so diverse speaks to the breadth of scholarly approaches to the fantastic and gives great hope for the future of this field of study.
“The Terror of Translation: Ruins of the Translatio in The Castle of Otranto and Vathek”
by Micheal Angelo Rumore
“Revolutionary Subjectivity in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy”
by Peter Melville
“Rebooting the Damsel: The Transformation of the Damsel Archetype in Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman Films from 1978-2014”
by Joseph Walderzak
“The Emerge(d)nt Weird Tale: A Genre Study”
by Todd Spaulding
Insistent Visions is a series dedicated to republishing supernatural fiction, mysteries, science fiction, and adventure stories from the nineteenth century that deserve to be more widely known and appreciated. As of Winter 2016/2017 the series is made up of four volumes:
The Library Window (94 pages)
A new edition of a classic story by Margaret Oliphant, edited and introduced by Elizabeth Winston.
A Study of Destiny (110 pages)
Count Louis Hamon—also known as Cheiro—was an Irishman who achieved international celebrity as a seer, palmist, numerologist, and bestselling author. A Study of Destiny (also published as The Hand of Fate) was his only work of fiction. This masterful story of a curse—and the fate of the cursed—has been out of print, except for one anthology appearance, since the 1890s.
The Caves of Death and Other Stories (107 pages)
A collection of the supernatural and weird fiction of California author Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948). She was a best-selling and prolific writer with a long career, spanning the 1890s to the 1940s, who made occasional forays into the supernatural field. Those stories were published in several mixed collections during her lifetime. The University of Tampa Press is proud to gather them together in this new edition edited by scholar S. T. Joshi, who provides an introduction, afterword, and notes on the text.
The Dead Hand & The Bride’s Chamber (74 pages)
“The Dead Hand” by Wilkie Collins and “The Bride’s Chamber” by Charles Dickens originally appeared as parts of The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Dickens and Collins (1857), a collaboration between two giants of nineteenth century literature, with the more famous of the two authors claiming the right to list his name first. The complete work is not often read today, but through Maria Bachman’s discerning presentation of this pair of intriguing stories—published together as stand-alone pieces for the first time here—we hope they will reach a new and wider audience. Edited with an introduction, afterword, and notes by Maria Bachman.
Each title is also available individually, in both paperback and hardback editions.
CONTENTS: Nietzsche, Nihilism, and the New Dark Wave: The Decline and Fall of American Gothic Ethics by Zachary Z. E. Bennett; Mariah, My Soul-Mate by Daniel Pearlman; “Undoing the Mechanisms”: Genre Expectation, Subversion & Anti-Consolation in the Kefahuchi Tract Novels of M. John Harrison by Leigh Blackmore; The Value of the Supernatural in Fiction by Lafcadio Hearn; How Bria Died by Michael Aronovitz; Frustrated Love, Restless Death: On Robert Aickman’s “The Unsettled Dust” by Philip Challinor; To Horror by Robert Southey; What Happens in Ambrose Bierce’s “The Death of Halpin Frayser” by S. T. Joshi; Parental Shadows: The Influence of Robert Bloch’s Psycho on Thomas Harris by Benjamin Szumskyj; Selections from The Cutting Room Floor by Evan J. Peterson; Book Review: Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula reviewed by John Edgar Browning.
CONTENTS: Editorial by S. T. Joshi; Apparition of a Genre: The Psychical Case Study in the Pre-Modernist British Short Story by George M. Johnson; Dark Fantasy and Compulsion in Henrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr by Robert H. Waugh; “Passenger Bastion” and “Into Your Tenement I’ll Creep” by Jonathan Thomas; New Verse by Fred Phillips, Anne K. Schwader, and Leigh Blackmore; The Icy Depths of Robert Aickman’s “Niemandswasser” by Philip Challinor; “Through the Gates of Darkness”: The Cosmopolitan Gothic of J. Sheridan Le Fanu and Bram Stoker by John Langan; A Spider in the Distance by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.; On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror (1773) by Anna Letitia Barbauld; Vintage Verse by Edward Thomas, Edwin Markham, and Madison Cawein; “Every Night a Magic Door’: An Approach to the Weird Verse of Victor Daley by Phillip A. Ellis; Barbarism vs. Civilization: Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft in Their Correspondence by S. T. Joshi