Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine and the Evolution of American Fantasy and Horror

Call for Chapter Proposals

 

(Essay Collection – Abstracts due Aug. 31)

With its debut in 1923, Weird Tales became the first pulp magazine

with content composed entirely of supernatural and fantastic fiction.

Over its three-decade run, the magazine featured works by some of the

most important and influential writers of speculative fiction in the

first half of the twentieth century, including H.P. Lovecraft, Robert

E. Howard, Ray Bradbury, C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch,

August Derleth, Henry Kuttner, Edward Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman,

Seabury Quinn, Frank Belknap Long, and many others. Within its pages

the modern genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction began to

develop and take shape, evolving their own tropes and conventions and

creating the foundation upon which much of modern speculative fiction

rests. Gary Hoppenstand has recently suggested that “no other pulp

magazine was more important to the history of pulp fiction, or to the

temperament of contemporary science fiction and fantasy, than Weird

Tales.”

 

This volume will collect critical essays that seek to provide a

broader understanding of the magazine Weird Tales and its authors,

artists, readers, and editorial practices, as well as the larger

impact that the periodical had on popular culture and genre fiction.

 

Possible topics may include:

 

• Discussions of the major works of the primary WT authors.

• The origin of WT as a genre pulp and its competitors and

successors

• The “Lovecraft Circle” and its influence

• The development of weird fiction fandom as expressed in letters

and fanzines

• Depictions of race and ethnicity in WT.

• Sexuality and gender as expressed in text and art

• The development of new genres like “cosmic horror” and

“sword-and-sorcery”

• The influence of WT and its authors on popular culture

• Philosophy and ideology in the works of WT writers

• Rhetorical approaches in WT

 

These are only suggestions and other related topics are welcome.

Please submit proposal abstracts of approximately 300 words along with

C.V. or brief bio to both co-editors:

 

Justin Everett

University of the Sciences

Email: j.everet AT usciences.edu

 

Jeffrey Shanks

Southeast Archeological Center

Email: jeffrey_shanks AT nps.gov

 

Chapter proposals due: August 31, 2013

Initial draft due: February 28, 2014

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