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Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic
Issue IV: Unthemed Issue

Deadline for Paper Abstracts: Friday 8th October 2021
Deadline for Reviews: 15th February 2022
Deadline for Interviews: 15th February 2022
Deadline for Creative Pieces: 15th February 2022

Dr Elizabeth Parker and Dr Michelle Poland Editors-in-Chief

We live in ecoGothic times. From climate crisis to coronavirus, we are increasingly finding ourselves living in, and contending with, unsettling and unpredictable Gothic environments of our own making. Many of the portents and warnings that have been entrenched from the outset in conversations around ‘ecohorror’ and ‘ecoGothic’ have taken frightening material form. Consequently, interrogating and understanding the inextricable relationships between the human and nonhuman—including, in particular, the more unsettling, uncanny, monstrous, spectral, and sublime aspects of these relationships—is becoming more urgent by the day.

Our fears and experiences around human-caused, but not human-controlled mass extinction events, geological shifts, and global pandemics are on the rise – and consequently there is thriving interest in explorations of both real and imagined Gothic Natures. Whether we are exploring the dark and disturbing ‘Natures’ that appear in our Gothic and horror stories, or contemplating the ‘Gothicness’ that increasingly characterises the Nature we encounter in our lived realities, the Gothic Nature journal offers a unique space in which critical and creative writers, thinkers, and artists alike can come together to productively engage with the anxieties arising from our troubled co-existence with the more-than-human world.

For issue IV we aim to move into new and fruitful areas of exploration relating to our fears of the nonhuman world in collaboration with scholars across the environmental arts and humanities and sciences, encouraging a diverse range of voices and perspectives. Through this journal, we continue to be passionate about our commitment to open access publishing and to showcasing and celebrating the scholarship of both leading names in ecohorror and ecoGothic and newer researchers alike. We have kept the scope of issue IV deliberately broad in order to welcome and foreground the emerging, engaging, and sometimes surprising evolutions of scholarly inquiry into Gothic Nature.

For Gothic Nature IV, we invite proposals for:

Papers of 6-8,000 words that critically reflect, engage with, and explore any aspect and interpretation of ‘Gothic Nature’.

Reviews (book, TV, film, podcast, etc.). We invite pitches on recent texts relating to ecohorror/ecoGothic, released in the last year or so. (Our Film & TV Editor has released a sample selection of suggested review texts here).

Interviews. We invite original interviews with individuals with a clear connection to the themes of the journal, e.g. a director or author of a text relating to ecohorror/ecoGothic.

Creative pieces that reflect, engage with, and explore any aspect and interpretation of ‘Gothic Nature’. Creative pieces may be short stories, poems, extracts of novels-in-progress, artwork, and other alternative modes and formats (e.g. recorded performances, creative readings) and we invite you to get in touch to talk through your ideas at gothicnaturejournal@gmail.com.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Gothic Nature and questions of race, class, disability, gender, and/or sexuality.
Decolonising ecohorror and the ecoGothic.
Gothic ecologies
Haunted ecologies
Frankenstein food, monstrous meat, vegetarian horror.
Climate fiction, environmental disasters, apocalypse, the deep dystopian future.
Plant horror, animal horror.
Eco-monsters (trolls, wolves, witches, wendigos, etc.)
The terror and wonder of extreme weather events
Haunted rural communities, decaying urban spaces.
EcoGothic and ecohorror gaming.
EcoGothic Tourism.
Narratives of extinction.
Activism and Gothic Nature.

For paper proposals: please send abstracts of 500 words, as well as a brief biography of 150 words, to Elizabeth Parker and Michelle Poland at gothicnaturejournal@gmail.com by Friday 8th October 2021 (or feel free to contact us informally should you wish to talk through ideas or have any queries). Full papers will be due 18th March 2022.

For reviews (book, TV, film, game, etc.): if you have not already been in touch independently with our Book Reviews Editor, Jennifer Schell, or our TV and Film Reviews Editor, Sara Crosby, please send your pitch for text/s to review to Elizabeth Parker and Michelle Poland at gothicnaturejournal@gmail.com by 31st December 2021 and/or send in full review submissions for consideration by 15th February 2022.

For interviews: please send your pitch for interviews with directors or authors to Elizabeth Parker and Michelle Poland at gothicnaturejournal@gmail.com by 31st December 2021 and/or full interviews for consideration by 15th February 2022.

For creative contributions: please send completed creative pieces, as well as a brief biography of 150 words, to Elizabeth Parker and Michelle Poland at gothicnaturejournal@gmail.com by Friday 16th September 2022. **Please note the creative contribution deadline is September 2022, not September 2021, as we are asking for full drafts rather than abstracts or pitches here (though you may of course contact us informally if you wish to talk through ideas or have any queries).**