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Call For Papers

Delving Into Urban Myths: The Works Of Charles De Lint

With over seventy titles to his name and new ones in the making, Charles de Lint is
among the most prolific writers of Canadian speculative fiction and a key representative of
urban fantasy/mythic fiction. Given his vast literary output, several awards (including the
World Fantasy Award in 2000 and the Aurora Award in 2013 and again in 2015), and a large
gathering of devoted readers (if Facebook profiles such as “The Mythic Café, with Charles de
Lint & Company” are any indication), it is more than surprising that his fiction has yet to
become the subject of a full-length academic study. That is not to say, of course, that the
academia is unaware of de Lint’s presence. The writer is briefly discussed in David Ketterer’s
Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (1992), and receives some attention in Douglas
Ivison’s Canadian Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writers (2002) as well as in Stefan Ekman’s
Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings (2013). There is also a number of
individual essays published in scholarly journals and edited collections, which focus on
various aspects of de Lint’s works, e.g., Laurence Steven’s “Welwyn Wilton Katz and Charles
de Lint: New Fantasy as a Canadian Post-colonial Genre” (Worlds of Wonder, 2004),
Christine Mains’ “Old World, New World, Otherworld: Celtic and Native American
Influences in Charles de Lint’s Moonheart and Forests of the Heart” (Extrapolation, 2005),
Terri Doughty’s “Dreaming into Being: Liminal Spaces in Charles de Lint’s Young Adult
Mythic Fiction” (Knowing Their Place? Identity and Space in Children’s Literature, 2011),
Brent A. Stypczynski’s “De Lint’s Canines” (The Modern Literary Werewolf, 2013),
Weronika Łaszkiewicz’ “From Stereotypes to Sovereignty: Indigenous Peoples in the Works
of Charles de Lint” (Studies in Canadian Literature, 2018), and Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun’s
“Remembering the Romance: Medievalist Romance in Fantasy Fiction by Guy Gavriel Kay
and Charles de Lint” (Medievalism in English Canadian Literature, 2020) to name a few.
However, the lack of a full-length study devoted to de Lint alone seems a glaring omission,
perhaps caused by the writer’s staggering literary output which might seem too daunting of a
task for a single scholar.

Thus, we invite scholars and readers of Charles de Lint’s fiction to submit their
contribution to what is intended as the first comprehensive (though surely not exhaustive)
book-length study of his works, published by a reputable academic publisher. Submissions
might focus on, but are not limited to, one of the following topics:

– Charles de Lint’s position within the field of Canadian speculative fiction and urban
fantasy fiction, as well as his contribution to their development;
– his perception of the city and its aliments as exemplified by the portrayal of Ottawa,
Newford, Santo del Vado Viejo, and other—both real and fantastic—urban spaces;
– his conflation of the real and the fantastic within the urban space, including his theory
of “consensus reality”;
– his approach to socio-political problems, including violence, abuse, and trauma, illegal
immigration as well as the fate of social outcasts and the underprivileged members of
the society;
– his depiction and understanding of female empowerment;
– his depiction of artists, artistic inspiration, and the meaning of art;
– his depiction of (fictional) Native American tribes and ethnic communities, including
the question of cultural appropriation;
– his depiction of animals and human-animal hybrid characters as vital members of the
modern society;
– his approach to religion and spirituality, including his criticism of institutional religion
and emphasis on the divine hidden in the natural world/wilderness;
– his inspirations, including the medieval and Gothic tradition as well as borrowings
from different mythologies (e.g., Welsh, Celtic, Native American, etc.) to develop an
original mythological system (the Otherworld and the Animal People);
– his advice for the contemporary world in the face of the anthropocentric crisis;
– a juxtaposition of his early and more recent works, including his children’s books;
– a juxtaposition of his work with that of other Canadian fantasists or prominent writers
of urban fantasy.

Contributors are welcome to focus on a single text or deliver a cross-sectional study of a
selection of de Lint’s works. We welcome contributions from scholars of all backgrounds,
disciplines, and career stages.

Submissions—abstract (max. 400 words) and a CV (1 page)—should be sent to and

The deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2021

The deadline for full articles (5000-8000 words, MLA style) is 30 November 2021

Weronika Łaszkiewicz, PhD
University of Białystok, Poland
Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun, PhD
University of Białystok, Poland

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Call for Chapters: Sex and Supernatural

*** Deadline extended! ***

As the long-running series Supernatural (2005-2020) comes to a close, fans and scholars can finally consider the text as a closed canon that offers new possibilities for analysis. While previous volumes from throughout its run have examined the series through the lenses of genre, theology, and philosophy, this collection will analyze the show through the thus-far underused lenses of fan, gender, sexuality, and porn studies. Supernatural’s use and interpretations of sexualities, queerness, consumption of pornography and human bodies (sometimes literally) speaks to both horror tropes and to cultural anxieties. The longevity of the show also allows it to act as a litmus test for changing mores in sex and gender representation. The goal of this edited volume will be to analyze these topics across the breadth of the show and its related texts, including licensed novels and comics and fan fiction and meta.

Possible topics include:

The portrayal of sex work on the show and in the show’s fanfiction

The depiction of porn and its consumption, including “Busty Asian Beauties” and “Casa Erotica”

The portrayal of STDs, including “Herpexia”

The sexual appetites of fangirls: Marie (“You can’t spell ‘subtext’ without s-e-x”) contrasted with Becky (“Can you stop touching me?” “No.”)

The usage (and sometimes subversion) of the “bury your gays” trope

Queerness and people of color (e.g. Cesar Cuevas, Max Banes)

Queerness as interpreted through different showrunners (Kripke, Gamble, Carver, Dabb)

Dean Winchester’s unconfirmed(?) bisexuality

Chuck/God’s confirmed bisexuality

Crowley (from his deal for “three inches” to his “summer of love” with Dean)

Queer couples and/vs. Heteronormativity

Toxic Masculinity (and John Winchester’s A+ Parenting)

“Benjamin is an angel. His vessel is a woman”: Angels’ queer/trans identities

Anyone who kisses Sam dies: heterosexual love as literal kiss of death?

“I’m full frontal in here, dude”: analyzing the differences in Dean and Sam sex scenes

Please send 500 word abstracts with 100 word biographical statements and a short (two page) CV to Cait Coker at by March 1, 2021 Estimated timeline: First draft essays (5-6k words) should be completed by August 31, 2021 and final revisions by December 31, 2021.

IAFA Membership Update

Current Events

IAFA is happy to announce two new division heads. Please join me in welcoming Stina Attebery as the DH for Film and Television and Libby Ginway for International Fantastic. Thank you to outgoing DHs Valérie Savard and Ida Yoshinaga for their service.

We here in Registration have been prepping the mailing lists for the academic journals we sell subscriptions for via our membership form. If you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so now to avoid any delay in journal receipt.

If you have a credit…

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ICFA 42 News

A draft schedule for ICFA 42 “Climate Change and the Anthropocene” (March 18–21, 2021) is available on the home page ( This link will be continually updated. Thank you to Valorie Ebert, 1VP, for putting all the moving parts together.

The volunteer sign-up form is live ( We are looking for Zoom managers to volunteer in 4-hour blocks in exchange for reimbursement of registration fees. Training is provided. Thank you to Emily Midkiff for organizing the volunteers.

The last day to sign up for the conference is February 22, 2021, at midnight Florida time (GMT-5). Academic presenters must be members of IAFA to present at ICFA 42.

See you in March!

–Karen Hellekson for the Reg team

Grist’s solutions lab, Fix, is excited to announce the launch of our first-ever, free-entry, climate-fiction short story contest — Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors. We’re dipping a toe into the world of fiction, and we want you to join us.

Grist’s mission is to make the story of a better world so irresistible, you want it right now. Our award-winning journalism has done that for the past 20 years (if we do say so ourselves). And now, with this contest, we’re embracing the opportunity to look beyond the confines of the present moment and share visions of solutions that haven’t even been dreamt up yet. Imagine 2200 draws inspiration from Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futures, and the genres of hopepunk and solarpunk. We especially want to see — and share — stories that center climate solutions from the most impacted communities and bring into focus what a truly just, regenerative future could look like.

Submissions are now open.

Find everything you need to submit a story in our Submissions portal.

We’re calling for 3,000- to 5,000-word stories that envision the next 180 years of climate progress — roughly seven generations. The winning writer will be awarded $3,000, with the second- and third-place finalists receiving $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. An additional nine finalists will each receive a $300 honorarium. Winners and finalists will be published in a stunning (trust us), immersive digital collection on Fix’s website and will be celebrated in a public-facing virtual event. Our board of expert literary judges includes authors Adrienne Maree Brown, Morgan Jerkins, and Kiese Laymon.

For more information, please visit

The conference’s acceptances have gone out, and the draft schedule is being reviewed for release.


Merch will look a little different this year. All purchases must be made in advance as preorders. There will be no merch available at the time of the conference. If you are not registering this year, don’t worry! You can still keep up your ICFA merch collection through our online store ( Preordering closes on February 22, 2021.

In addition, you don’t have to wait for the conference for the reveal of the art! You can see it now on the merch in the store. The image is from the cover of Slow Death #1, the first ecologically-themed underground comic from the 1970s. Slow Death was published and distributed at UC Berkeley in conjunction with the very first Earth Day. The comic featured work from major underground comics creators such as R. Crumb, Jaxon, Dave Sheridan, and Greg Irons, the artist who created the cover image (which depicts a skyscraper-encrusted Earth devouring itself). Greg worked on the film Yellow Submarine, and he also created posters for Bil Graham that were featured at the Fillmore Auditorium. This image is used with generous permission from Greg’s brother, Mark Irons, who holds the image’s copyright.


As usual, we could use volunteers to help us run ICFA 42. This year, we will need volunteers who can manage our Zoom channels. This will be different from chairing sessions. Volunteer managers will be expected to host a Zoom channel for 4 hours. In thanks, IAFA will cover your registration costs.

Some further requirements:

Managers must be members of IAFA
Managers must have a reliable, reasonably high-speed internet connection
Managers must have a working knowledge/basic experience with a virtual meeting platform, Zoom experience preferred
Managers must be willing and able to attend a training session the week of Feb 8-15.
A Zoom account is not required to be a manager

Please contact Emily Midkiff at to volunteer or ask questions!


If you have a credit from ICFA 41, please select the option to create an invoice during registration, and then contact us at in order to apply our credit. Your total credit may look like it has changed, but we need to finalize it behind the scenes.


The SCIAFA be hosting an orientation session on Thursday, March 18 at 15:00-16:00 EST for new members, especially graduate students. If you are a long-time attendee, please join us to welcome the newcomers! This is also a great opportunity to test out your Zoom connection.


The SCIAFA is still accepting applications for the mentorship program until February 15, for both mentors and mentees (but especially mentors!). If you are interested, please send an email to


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See you in March!

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Emily Midkiff

HBO’s recent series Lovecraft Country takes up the monsters of H. P. Lovecraft’s universe, but flips the script to make the heroes an African-American cast battling various demons in the Jim Crow era. Arguably, the show aimed at a re-appropriation or détournement of the pulp legend’s troubling racism, but critics seem divided on the show’s success. In Dr. Kinitra Brooks’s writings on the series for The Root, she situated it as “a part of the contemporary arts movement that media professor John Jennings coined as ‘Racecraftian,’ inspired by Karen and Barbara Fields in their 2014 book, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life.” Therein, racecraft is defined as a practice: racism produces the illusion of race, and Jennings adopted the term (thinking specifically of its homology with Lovecraft’s name) to signify horror narratives that engage with critical race studies for the purpose of dismantling constructions of race. As an adaptation of Lovecraft’s universe, the HBO series would seem to be speaking back to the pulp legend.

Studies in the Fantastic, a journal founded by Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, seeks submissions for a special issue on any aspect of the show, but we are especially interested in essays that delve into this debate, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Lovecraft Country, and the Racecraftian turn. Acknowledging that the series is new and that many conferences this year are cancelled due to the pandemic, we are accepting shorter essays (3500-6000 words) driven by scene analyses for this collection that seeks to gather together scholars’ “First Thoughts on Lovecraft Country.” Submissions for this special issue should be received by June 1, 2021. Send to the editor at

Studies in the Fantastic is a journal publishing refereed essays, informed by scholarly criticism and theory on both fantastic texts and their social function. 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, videogames, science writing, futurism, and technocracy. Electronic access to Studies in the Fantastic is available via Project Muse.
Follow us on twitter: @study_fantastic

Studies in the Fantastic requests submissions for our biannually published peer-reviewed academic journal. As always, essays examining the fantastic from a variety of scholarly perspectives are welcome. Submission guidelines can be found on our website: