CFP: Horror and the Fantastic
Brumal is a peer-reviewed journal of the Grupo de Estudios sobre lo Fantastico and based at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona]
Monographic issue “Horror and the Fantastic” (Coord. David Roas)
[NB: We also accept miscellaneous submissions year-round]
Deadline: June 10, 2018
Since its birth, the fantastic has been an excellent way to explore our
fears of the unknown – “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind”,
as Lovecraft stated in his well-known essay The Supernatural Horror in
Literature (1927). The aim of the fantastic is to destabilise the codes that
we have established to understand and represent the real: when we are
confronted with the conflictive coexistence of the possible and the
impossible in a realistic world like ours, our certainties about the real
stop working. Faced with this, fear is our only defence.
This is the type of experience that we want to examine in this monographic
issue of Brumal. For this reason, we will exclude forms of fear that arise
from a natural source (serial killers, terrorism, animal attacks, etc.).
Instead, we encourage reflections on the multiple ways through which what we
have called “metaphysical fear”– an effect that is inherent and
exclusive to the fantastic – is spread, generated by the transgressive
irruption of the impossible.
This monographic issue of Brumal will accept works focused on the
relationship between Horror and the Fantastic in literature, cinema, TV,
comic, theatre, etc.
Some areas of research include, but are not limited to:
Theoretical perspectives on horror
The rhetoric of fear
From classical fears to postmodern horror
The monster as the fantastic anomaly
Space as source of horror
Horror and its boundaries
Brumal will only consider works of a fantastic nature as defined by the
journal, hereby only accepting papers on other non-mimetic genres such as
the marvellous or science fiction if and when they are related to the
This Miscellaneous section is open all year to receive any type of article
on any of the diverse artistic manifestations of the fantastic (narrative,
theater, film, comics, painting, photography, video games), whether
theoretical, critical, historical or comparative in nature, concerning the
fantastic in any language or from any country, from the nineteenth century
to the present.
Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, España.
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