I am seeking intelligent, engaging essays that deconstruct and analyze the genre by utilizing one or more of the myriad of space horror films that exist (domestic and/or international) since the 1950s through present day. There are several themes worth exploring, such as claustrophobia and fears of outer space (Pandorum, Dark Star, Europa Report, The Black Hole), the influence of slasher films (Alien, Event Horizon, Jason X, Sunshine, Leprechaun 4: In Space), concept of the final girl (Alien, Prometheus, Dead Space: Downfall), Cold War fears (most invasion films of the 1950s – 1970s), and paranormal/occult (Event Horizon, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Dracula 3000, Ghosts of Mars). It’s also up to you to choose your theoretical framework, whether it's semiotics, vernacular, Freudian, historical, gender – it should be a framework you are familiar with and will support the points you are making with the result of defining the space horror genre. The intended audience for this collection will include individuals studying and/or interested in expanding their understanding of science fiction, horror, and, of course, space horror.
If I haven’t lost you yet, and you are still interested, then I hope you’ll submit a brief 300 to 500-word abstract of your essay idea. Along with that, I would like to see what kind of sources you are initially thinking to reference in your essay, so I can see what you plan to cite. Plus, a short, one-page CV of your writing experience thus far. You are not penalized for not having published in the past; again, it is a way for me to get to know you and your past experience. These three items are due to me by August 25, 2015. By September 1, I’ll respond with either an acceptance or rejection email. My decision will be heavily based on which essays work well together to best represent the space horror genre. The completed manuscript will be off to the publisher by mid-next year, and I am hoping for a book release by the end of 2016.
What do you get if your abstract is accepted and included in the book? You’ll get a complimentary copy of the book, which will likely retail for approximately $40. Best of all, you’ll have bragging rights, which is admittedly pretty sweet. If you are a crossover writer, then being included in this anthology will expand your presence into a new market.
If you would like to know more and/or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at spacehorrorfilms (at) gmail.com. You can catch me at my blog each week at spacehorrorfilms.blogspot.com.
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar residing in Southern California and is the editor of James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (2014, McFarland & Company). She is the James Bond, Espionage and Eurospy Area Chair for the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association’s annual conference held in Albuquerque, NM, each February. She writes daily on all things spy related at her blog, Spy-Fi & Superspies. She annually presents at the SWPACA and has presented at WonderCon Anaheim as part of the Comic Arts Conference series. She is also an academic member of the Horror Writer’s Association in Los Angeles and the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS).