Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Books from McFarland

Another batch of new and recent books from McFarland:

Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010
John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart
Foreword by Dacre Stoker; Afterword by Ian Holt

ISBN 978-0-7864-3365-0
55 photos, appendices, chronology, bibliography, index
312pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2011
Price: $45.00


This is a comprehensive sourcebook on the world’s most famous vampire, with more than 700 citations of domestic and international Dracula films, television programs, documentaries, adult features, animated works, and video games, as well as nearly a thousand comic books and stage adaptations. While they vary in length, significance, quality, genre, moral character, country, and format, each of the cited works adopts some form of Bram Stoker’s original creation, and Dracula himself, or a recognizable vampiric semblance of Dracula, appears in each.

The book includes contributions from Dacre Stoker, David J. Skal, Laura Helen Marks, Dodd Alley, Mitch Frye, Ian Holt, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, and J. Gordon Melton.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments      3

Part I. Dracula in Film, Television, Documentary, and Animation      9
Introduction—Dracula: Undead and Unseen
DAVID J. SKAL      11
Filmography      18

Part II. Dracula in Adult Film      191
Introduction—I Want to Suck Your...: Dracula in Pornographic Film
Filmography      200

Part III. Dracula in Video Games      213
Introduction—Vampire Bytes and Digital Draculas
DODD ALLEY      215
Video Gameography      219

Part IV. Dracula in Comic Books      237
Introduction—The Darker Cape: Dracula, Vampires, and Superheroes in Comics
MITCH FRYE      239
Comics Listing      244
Japanese Manga      261

Afterword IAN HOLT      263
Appendix 1. Dracula in Print: A Checklist
Appendix 2. Film, Television, and Video Game Chronology      273
Appendix 3. Notable Dramatizations Featuring Dracula      284
Bibliography      289
About the Authors and Contributors      291
Index      293

About the Author
John Edgar Browning teaches composition and monster theory at Louisiana State University. A lifelong researcher of horror, the Gothic, Dracula and vampires, he lives in New Orleans. Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart is the author (or co-author) of 58 books and essays and 88 popular articles on monstrosity and film, philosophy, and critical theory. She is a J.D. candidate at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Edited by Susan Redington Bobby 
Foreword by Kate Bernheimer

ISBN 978-0-7864-4115-0 
notes, bibliographies, index
270pp. softcover 2009
Price: $35.00


No mere escapist fantasies, the reimagined fairy tales of the late 20th and early 21st centuries reflect the social, political, and cultural truths of our age with insight, intelligence, and complexity. Sixteen essays consider fairy tales recreated through short stories, novels, poetry, and the graphic novel from both best-selling and lesser-known writers, applying a variety of theoretical perspectives, including postmodernism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism, structuralism, queer theory, and gender studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword: The Affect of Fairy Tales
Introduction: Authentic Voices in Contemporary Fairy Tales

Redefining Gender and Sexuality
Queering the Fairy Tale Canon: Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch
Contemporary Women Poets and the Fairy Tale
Struggling Sisters and Failing Spells: Re-engendering Fairy Tale Heroism in Peg Kerr’s The Wild Swans
Found Girls: J.M. Barrie’s Peter & Wendy and Jane Yolen’s “Lost Girls”
Inventions and Transformations: Imagining New Worlds in the Stories of Neil Gaiman

Rewriting Narrative Forms
“And the Princess, Telling the Story”: A.S. Byatt’s Self-Reflexive Fairy Stories
Between Wake and Sleep: Robert Coover’s Briar Rose, A Playful Reawakening of The Sleeping Beauty
Winterson’s Wonderland: The PowerBook as a Postmodern Re-Vision of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Books
“I Think You Are Not Telling Me All of This Story”: Storytelling, Fate, and Self-Determination in Robin McKinley’s Folktale Revisions
AMIE A. DOUGHTY      122

Remembering Trauma and Dystopia
The Complete Tales of Kate Bernheimer: Postmodern Fairytales in a Dystopian World
The Fairy Tale as Allegory for the Holocaust: Representing the Unrepresentable in Yolen’s Briar Rose and Murphy’s Hansel and Gretel
“This Gospel of My Hell”: The Narration of Violence in Gaétan Soucy’s The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

Revolutionizing Culture and Politics
Negotiating Wartime Masculinity in Bill Willingham’s Fables
MARK C. HILL      181
Philip Pullman’s I Was a Rat! and the Fairy-Tale Retelling as Instrument of Social Criticism
The Wicked Witch of the West: Terrorist? Rewriting Evil in Gregory Maguire’s Wicked
Embracing Equality: Class Reversals and Social Reform in Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl and Princess Academy

Comprehensive Bibliography      237
About the Contributors      247
Index      251

About the Author

Susan Redington Bobby, assistant professor of English at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, teaches classic and contemporary fairy tales and adolescent literature. Bobby chaired the NEMLA panel "Fairy Tale Visions and (Re) Visions."

Sarah Lynne Bowman 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4710-7 
appendix, notes, bibliography, index
216pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00


This study takes an analytical approach to the world of role-playing games, providing a theoretical framework for understanding their psychological and sociological functions. Sometimes dismissed as escapist and potentially dangerous, role-playing actually encourages creativity, self-awareness, group cohesion and "out-of-the-box" thinking. The book also offers a detailed participant-observer ethnography on role-playing games, featuring insightful interviews with 19 participants of table-top, live action and virtual games.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      1
Introduction      7

1. Historical Evolution and Cultural Permutations      11
2. Role-Playing in Communal Contexts      33
3. Interactional Dynamics in Role-Playing Games      55
4. Role-Playing as Scenario Building and Problem Solving      80
5. Tactical and Social Problem Solving      104
6. Role-Playing as Alteration of Identity      127
7. Character Evolution and Types of Identity Alteration      155

Conclusion      179
Appendix: Interview Questionnaire      183
Chapter Notes      185
Bibliography      197
Index      203

About the Author

Sarah Lynne Bowman is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Richland College, Ashford University, and Brookhaven College. Her current research focus emphasizes character development and social dynamics in role-playing games.

Jennifer Grouling Cover 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4451-9 
appendix, notes, bibliography, index
215pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00


Despite the rise of computer gaming, millions of adults still play face to face role playing games, which rely in part on social interaction to create stories. This work explores tabletop role playing game (TRPG) as a genre separate from computer role playing games. The relationship of TRPGs to other games is examined, as well as the interaction among the tabletop module, computer game, and novel versions of Dungeons & Dragons. Given particular attention are the narrative and linguistic structures of the gaming session, and the ways that players and gamemasters work together to construct narratives. The text also explores wider cultural influences that surround tabletop gamers.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations, Terms, and Transcription Symbols      ix
Preface and Acknowledgments      1
Introduction: Defining the Tabletop Role-Playing Game      5

1. Early Models of Interactive Narrative      21
2. Role-Playing Game Genres      38
3. A Transmedia Tale—The Temple of Elemental Evil      54
4. The Reconciliation of Narrative and Game      72
5. Frames of Narrativity in the TRPG      88
6. Immersion in the TRPG      106
7. Levels of Authorship—How Gamers Interact with Texts and Create Their Own      124
8. The Culture of TRPG Fans      148
9. Conclusions, Definitions, Implications, and Limitations      165

Appendix: The Orc Adventure at Blaze Arrow      179
Chapter Notes      191
References      197
Index      201

About the Author

Jennifer Grouling Cover is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and writing at Virginia Tech. She teaches writing and lives in Christiansburg, Virginia.

A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series, 2d ed. 
David Kalat
ISBN 978-0-7864-4749-7
notes, bibliography, index
286pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2010
Price: $55.00


This thoroughly updated and revised critical account of the Godzilla movie franchise explores the fascinating story behind Japan’s most famous movie monster and its development from black-and-white arthouse allegory to international commercial juggernaut. Reviled by critics but boasting a dedicated cult following, the films of the Godzilla franchise provide a unique window into the national identities of both Japan and the United States. This work focuses on how differences in American and Japanese culture, as well as differences in their respective film industries, underlie the discrepancies between the American and Japanese versions of the films. It features detailed filmographic data for both the American and Japanese versions of each film, including plot synopses, cast, credits, and detailed production notes.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition      1
Introduction      3
A Note on the Text      9

PART ONE: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1954–1963)      11
1. G for Giant      13
2. Gojira      20
3. Godzilla Conquers America (and America Conquers Godzilla)      25
4. Godzilla, King of the Monsters!      31
5. Godzilla Raids Again      34
6. Rodan      41
7. Varan the Unbelievable      46
8. Mothra      51
9. King Kong vs. Godzilla      55
10. Tsuburaya Enterprises      60

PART TWO: Monsterland (1964–1969)      65
11. Mothra vs. Godzilla      67
12. Ghidrah, The Three- Headed Monster      72
13. Invasion of Astro- Monster      82
14. Monsters Inc.      88
15. Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster      94
16. Son of Godzilla      98
17. Destroy All Monsters      103
18. All Monsters Attack      106

PART THREE: Something Funny’s Going On (1970–1975)      111
19. Survival of the Silliest      113
20. Godzilla vs. Hedorah      117
21. Godzilla vs. Gigan      123
22. Godzilla vs. Ultraman      128
23. Godzilla vs. Megalon      132
24. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla      136
25. Terror of Mechagodzilla      140
26. The Crook, the Geek, the Reporter, and His Lover      146

PART FOUR: The Return of Godzilla (1977–1995)      149
27. Waiting for Godzilla      151
28. The Return of Godzilla      156
29. Godzilla 1985      162
30. Godzilla vs. Biollante      169
31. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah      179
32. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth      184
33. Godzilla vs. the Gryphon      191
34. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II      197
35. Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla      202
36. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah      210

PART FIVE: The Godzilla Millennium (1998–2005)      215
37. Godzilla vs. Godzilla      217
38. Godzilla      225
39. Godzilla 2000      230
40. Godzilla x. Megaguirus      235
41. Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All- Out Attack      238
42. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla      243
43. Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.      247
44. Godzilla Final Wars      249

Epilogue      257
Chapter Notes      259
Bibliography      269
Index      273

About the Author

David Kalat is a film historian and writes for Video Watchdog, Turner Classic Movies Online, and other publications. He lives in La Grange Park, Illinois.

Star Trek as Myth: Essays on Symbol and Archetype at the Final Frontier 
Edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
ISBN 978-0-7864-4724-4
notes, bibliographies, index
239pp. softcover 2010
Price: $39.95


In the past, the examination of myth has traditionally been the study of the "Primitive" or the "Other." More recently, myth has been increasingly employed in movies and in television productions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Star Trek television and movie franchise. This collection of essays on Star Trek brings together perspectives from scholars in fields including film, anthropology, history, American studies and biblical scholarship. Together the essays examine the symbolism, religious implications, heroic and gender archetypes, and lasting effects of the Star Trek "mythscape."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction: The Significance of the Star Trek Mythos
(Matthew Wilhelm Kapell)      1

1. Star Trek as Myth and Television as Mythmaker
(Wm. Blake Tyrell)      19
2. A Structuralist Appreciation of Star Trek
(Peter J. Claus)      29
3. Some Implications of the Mythology in Star Trek
(C. Scott Littleton)      44
4. Star Trek: American Dream, Myth and Reality
(Ace G. Pilkington)      54
5. Speakers for the Dead: Star Trek, the Holocaust, and the Representation of Atrocity
(Matthew Wilhelm Kapell)      67
6. “Every Old Trick Is New Again”: Myth in Quotations and the Star Trek Franchise
(Djoymi Baker)      80

7. Star Trek as American Monomyth
(John Shelton Lawrence)      93
8. The Sisko, the Christ: A Comparison of Messiah Figures in the Star Trek Universe and the New Testament
(Jeffery S. Lamp)      112
9. Course in Federation Linguistics
(Richard R. Jones)      129
10. Evocations and Evasions of Archetypal Lesbian Love in Star Trek: Voyager
(Roger Kaufman)      144
11. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Surak: Star Trek: Enterprise, Anti-Catholicism and the Vulcan Reformation
(Jennifer E. Porter)      163
12. A Vision of a Time and Place: Spiritual Humanism and the Utopian Impulse
(Bruce Isaacs)      182
13. The Kirk Doctrine: The Care and Repair of Archetypal Heroic Leadership in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek
(Stephen McVeigh)      197
14. Conclusion: The Hero with a Thousand Red Shirts
(Matthew Wilhelm Kapell)      213

About the Contributors      221
Index      225

About the Author

Matthew Wilhelm Kapell works in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University in Wales.

The Anticipation Novelists of 1950s French Science Fiction: Stepchildren of Voltaire
Bradford Lyau
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Foreword by George Slusser

ISBN 978-0-7864-5857-8
notes, bibliography, index
248pp. softcover 2011
Price: $55.00


Following World War II, the Fleuve Noir publishing house published popular American genre fiction in translation for a French audience. Their imprint Anticipation specialized in science fiction, but mostly eschewed translations from English, preferring instead French work, thus making the imprint an important outlet for native French postwar ideas and aesthetics. This critical text examines in ideological terms eleven writers who published under the Anticipation imprint, revealing the way these writers criticized midcentury notions of progress while adapting and reworking American genre formats.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Foreword by George Slusser      1
Introduction      7

One. Background      11

Two. The Moderates      31
F. Richard-Bessière      31
M.A. Rayjean      59
Kemmel      73
Chapter Summary      75

Three. The Extremist      76
Jimmy Guieu      76

Four. The Conservatives      94
Stefan Wul      94
Maurice Limat      115
Peter Randa      126
Kurt Steiner      132
Chapter Summary      139

Five. The Radicals      140
Jean-Gaston Vandel      140
B.R. Bruss      169
Chapter Summary      182

Six. A Last Word      183
Gilles D’argyre      184

Seven. Conclusion      193

Chapter Notes      199
Bibliography      211
Index      225

About the Author

Bradford Lyau has taught at various universities in California and Europe. He has published several academic articles analyzing science fiction and is a lifelong traveler to historical sites. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Frank McConnell Edited by Gary Westfahl. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Foreword by Neil Gaiman

ISBN 978-0-7864-3722-1 
notes, bibliographies, index
232pp. softcover 2009
Price: $35.00


A member of the Pulitzer Prize jury, the late Frank McConnell helped science fiction gain standing as serious literature. His 16 essays herein were first presented as papers at the prestigious Eaton Conferences. Initially believing that science fiction is primarily one of many forms of storytelling, McConnell gradually recognized science fiction as a modern expression of Gnosticism, rejecting bodily concerns for an emphasis on spirituality.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Neil Gaiman      1
Introduction by Gary Westfahl      5

I. Frank McConnell B.C.E. (Before Coming to Eaton)      9
1. Born in Fire: The Ontology of the Monster      11
2. Song of Innocence: The Creature from the Black Lagoon      18
3. H.G. Wells: Utopia and Doomsday      29
4. Realist of the Fantastic: H.G. Wells about/in/on the Movies      37

II. Slouching Toward Bedlam: The Early Eaton Essays      47
5. Sturgeon’s Law: First Corollary      48
6. Boring Dates: Reflections on the Apocalypse Game      57
7. Frames in Search of a Genre      63
8. From Astarte to Barbie and Beyond: The Serious History of Dolls      74
9. The Playing Fields of Eden      82
10. It’s Only a Paper Moon: Fantasy and the Professors      91
11. “Turn That Shit Down!” Or, How to Market an Underground      102

III. Gnostic Lunch: The Later Eaton Essays      111
12. Alimentary, My Dear Watson: Food and Eating in Scientific and Mystery Fiction      112
13. You Bet Your Life: Death and the Storyteller      124
14. Seven Types of Chopped Liver: My Adventures in the Genre Wars      132
15. The Missionary Physician, from Asclepius to Kervorkian      146
16. The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science: A Storytelling Animal in an Inhospitable World      155

Epilogue: Memories of Frank      164
Paul Alkon      164
Gregory Benford      166
Harold Bloom      167
Sheila Finch      167
Carl Freedman      168
Howard V. Hendrix      169
Bruce Kawin      172
Joseph D. Miller      173
Eric S. Rabkin      175
Mark Rose      177
George Slusser      178

Chapter Notes      181
A Bibliography of the Works of Frank McConnell      187
A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Works Cited in the Text      201
Index      213

About the Author

Frank McConnell (1942-1999) was a professor of English at Northwestern University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He wrote a regular column on the media for Commonweal magazine, and his voluminous body of work included four detective novels and a number of academic books. Gary Westfahl teaches at the University of California, Riverside. A prolific writer and editor, he earned the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award for his lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Charles P. Mitchell 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4699-5 
photos, filmography, appendices, index
344pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2010 [2002]
Price: $45.00


The Devil has been represented in many film genres, including horror, comedy, the musical, fantasy, satire, drama, and the religious epic, and in these works has assumed many shapes and forms. This book begins with a discussion of how the devil has been portrayed on stage, how that portrayal carried over to the big screen, and what are the standard elements of a satanic plot. Each entry in the filmography includes year of production, running time, writer, editor, cinematographer, producer, and director, evaluative rating, annotated cast list, plot synopsis, overall appraisal, and a spotlight on the actor playing Satan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Introduction      1

The Films      7

Appendix One: Lost, Obscure, and Arcane Devil Films      305
Appendix Two: Television Devils      309
Index      313

About the Author

The late Charles P. Mitchell was a librarian in Millinocket, Maine. He wrote on film for numerous periodicals and on music for several more and hosted radio shows about classical music in New York City and Portland, Maine.

Coming Soon from McFarland

Continuing our coverage of new and recent publications from McFarland, here are three due out next year. Further details will be posted as they appear on McFarland's web site:

Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy
Edited by Janice M. Bogstad and Philip E. Kaveny
ISBN 978-0-7864-4636-0
notes, bibliographies, index
softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

Not Yet Published, Available Spring/Summer 2011

This collection of essays offers a positive consensus of director Peter Jackson’s spectacularly successful adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) ,The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). Part One of the collection, "Techniques of Structure and Story," compares and contrasts the organizational principles of the books and films. Part Two, "Techniques of Character and Culture," focuses on the methods used to transform the characters and settings of Tolkien’s narrative into the personalities and places visualized on screen. Each of the sixteen essays includes extensive notes and a separate bibiliography.

About the Author
Janice M. Bogstad is a professor and head of collection development at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Edited by Jamey Heit 
ISBN 978-0-7864-5845-5 
notes, bibliography, index
softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

Not Yet Published, Available Spring/Summer 2011

What is evil? How do we understand it in our culture? The thirteen essays in this critical volume explore the different ways in which evil is portrayed in popular culture, particularly through film and novels. Iconic figures of evil are explored, as is the repeated use of classic themes within our intellectual tradition. Topics covered include serial killers in film, the Twilight series, the Harry Potter series, Star Wars, and more. Collectively, these essays suggest how vital the notion of evil is to our culture, which in turn suggest a need to reflect on what it means to value what is good.

British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays
Edited by Tobias Hochscherf and James Leggott
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
ISBN 978-0-7864-4621-6
notes, bibliography, index
softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

Not Yet Published, Available Spring/Summer 2011


Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television. Viewing British SF as a cultural phenomenon that challenges straightforward definitions of genre, nationhood, authorship and media, the editors provide a conceptual introduction placing the essays within their critical context. Essay topics include the Hammer horrors of the 1950s, the various incarnations of Doctor Who, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and such 21st-century productions as 28 Days Later and Torchwood.

About the Author

Tobias Hochscherf is a professor of audio-visual media at University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, Germany. His research on European film and television culture has been widely published. James Leggott is a senior lecturer in film and television studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He has published on various aspects of British film and television culture. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More from McFarland

Two more from McFarland:

A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers
Tom Weaver
ISBN 978-0-7864-4658-2
214 photos, index
412pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2010
Price: $45.00

In this jam-packed jamboree of conversations, more than 60 movie veterans describe their experiences on the sets of some of the world’s most beloved sci-fi and horror movies and television series. Including groundbreaking oldies (Flash Gordon, One Million B.C.); 1950s and 1960s milestones (The War of the Worlds, Psycho, House of Usher); classic schlock (Queen of Outer Space, Attack of the Crab Monsters); and cult TV favorites (Lost in Space, Land of the Giants), the discussions offer a frank and fascinating behind-the-scenes look.

Among the interviewees: Roger Corman, Pamela Duncan, Richard and Alex Gordon, Tony "Dr. Lao" Randall, Troy Donahue, Sid Melton, Fess Parker, Nan Peterson, Alan Young, John "Bud" Cardos, and dozens more.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii
Preface      1

1. Jimmy Lydon on Robert Armstrong      5
2. Joanne Fulton on John P. Fulton      15
3. Memories of Serials House Peters, Jr., on Flash Gordon (1936)      33
Frankie Thomas on Tim Tyler’s Luck (1937)      38
4. Jean Porter on One Million B.C. (1940)      44
5. Memories of Boris Karloff Jo Ann Sayers on The Man with Nine Lives (1940)      50
Herbert Rudley on On Borrowed Time (1946)      54
Tommy Ivo on On Borrowed Time (1946)      58
Henry Corden on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) and The Black Castle (1952)      63
Fintan Meyler on Thriller’s “Well of Doom” (1961)      66
6. Michael A. Hoey on Dennis Hoey      70
7. Memories of Bela Lugosi Earl Bellamy on The Return of the Vampire (1943)      86
Alex Gordon on Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)      88
Herman Cohen on Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)      92
8. Memories of Lon Chaney, Jr. Karolyn Grimes on Albuquerque (1948)      98
Mickey Knox on Of Mice and Men (1948)      100
Irving Brecher on The Life of Riley (1949)      102
Barbara Knudson on Born Yesterday (1950)      103
9. Richard Kline on Sam Katzman      108
10. Sid Melton on Lost Continent (1951)      118
11. Memories of Five (1951) William Phipps      123
Arthur L. Swerdloff      131
12. Marilyn Nash on Unknown World (1951)      136
13. Diana Gemora on The War of the Worlds (1953)      140
14. Fess Parker on Them! (1954)      148
15. Rosemarie Bowe on The Golden Mistress (1954)      152
16. Memories of Bel-Air Productions Paul Wurtzel      159
John G. Stephens      172
17. Pamela Duncan on The Undead (1957) and Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) 178
18. Marsha Hunt on Back from the Dead (1957)      184
19. Herbert L. Strock on Blood of Dracula (1957)      189
20. Peggy Webber on The Screaming Skull (1958)      191
21. Lisa Davis on Queen of Outer Space (1958)      196
22. Troy Donahue on Monster on the Campus (1958)      209
23. Nan Peterson on The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)      212
24. Richard Erdman on Face of Fire (1959)      222
25. The Calvin Beck–“Norman Bates” Connection      226
26. Roger Corman on House of Usher (1960)      235
27. Alan Young on Jack P. Pierce      240
28. David Whorf on Thriller’s “Pigeons from Hell” (1961)      243
29. Alex Gordon on The Underwater City (1962)      248
30. Arch Hall, Jr., on Ray Dennis Steckler      259
31. Arnold Drake on 50,000 B.C. (Before Clothing) (1963)      264
32. Tony Randall on 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)      268
33. Frederick E. Smith on Devil Doll (1964)      272
34. Memories of Tickle Me (1965) Edward Bernds      276
Merry Anders      278
35. Ib Melchior on Lost in Space (1965–1968) and Lost in Space (1998)      282
36. Memories of The Wild Wild West (1965–1969) Whitey Hughes      290
Richard Kiel      307
Kenneth Chase      314
37. Burt Topper on Space Monster (1965)      318
38. Peter Marshall on Edgar G. Ulmer      325
39. Tom Reese on Murderers’ Row (1966)      331
40. Richard Gordon on Protelco Productions      335
41. Nick Webster on Mission Mars (1968)      347
42. Gary Conway on Land of the Giants (1968–1970)      350
43. Memories of Nightmare in Wax (1969) John “Bud” Cardos      366
Martin Varno      369
44. Jan Merlin on The Twilight People (1973)      373
45. Robert Pine on Empire of the Ants (1977)      382
46. Ken Kolb on Sinbad Goes to Mars      386

Index      395

About the Author
Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times called him one of the leading scholars in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images called him "the best interviewer we have today." He is a frequent contributor to numerous film magazines including Starlog, Fangoria, Monsters from the Vault and Video Watchdog, and he has been featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is the author of numerous reference and other nonfiction books about American popular culture, including Universal Horrors: The Studio’s Classic Fims, 1931-1946.

Edited by David C. Wright and Allan W. Austin 
ISBN 978-0-7864-3664-4 
bibliography, index
231pp. softcover 2010
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Price: $38.00

Available for immediate shipment
Essays in this work examine treatments of history in science fiction and fantasy television programs from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Some essays approach science fiction and fantasy television as primary evidence, demonstrating how such programs consciously or unconsciously elucidate persistent concerns and enduring ideals of a past era and place. Other essays study television as secondary evidence, investigating how popular media construct and communicate narratives about past events.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Viewing the Past through Science Fiction and Fantasy Television
1. Reflections of a Nation’s Angst; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Twilight Zone
2. Beneath the Surface: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Cold War Science Fiction
3. Looking Glass War: The Topsy-Turvy World of The Prisoner
4. The Limits of Star Trek’s Final Frontier: “The Omega Glory” and 1960s American Liberalism
5. Lost in Translation: Autonomy, Agency, and Cybernetic Anxiety from Apollo to The Six Million Dollar Man
DARYL LEE      82
6. It’s About Tempus: Greece and Rome in “Classic” Doctor Who
ANTONY KEEN      100
7. Constructing a Grand Historical Narrative: Struggles through Time on Highlander: The Series
DAVID C. WRIGHT, JR.      116
8. The Future as Past Perfect: Appropriation of History in the Star Trek Series
9. Too Close for Comfort? Exploring the Construction of Near Future Historical Narratives in Science Fiction Television
10. “The Future Is the Past”: Music and History in Firefly
11. The Battle for History in Battlestar Galactica

Suggested Readings in Science Fiction and Fantasy Television
DAVID C. WRIGHT, JR.      209
Contributors      215
Index      219

About the Author
David C. Wright, Jr., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Government at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Allan W. Austin is an associate professor of history at Misericordia University. He is also a book review editor for Journal of American Ethnic History.

New/Recent from McFarland

Here is another update on new and recent publications from McFarland:

The Worlds of Back to the Future: Critical Essays on the Films 
Edited by Sorcha Ni Fhlainn
ISBN 978-0-7864-4400-7
filmography, notes, bibliography, index
272pp. softcover 2010
Price: $38.00

A critical examination of the cultural, cinematic, and historical contexts of the Back to the Future trilogy, this book provides a multi-focal representation of the trilogy from several interdisciplinary fields, including philosophy, literature, music, pop culture, and media and gender studies. Topics include sexual symbolism in the trilogy and the oedipal plotting of the first film; nostalgia and the suburban dream in the cultural climate of the 1980s; generic play and performance throughout the trilogy; the emotional and narrative force provided by the films’ renowned musical scores; the trilogy’s post-modern references and allusions to the Western genre; female representations across the trilogy; and the Lacanian philosophical constructs in the characterizations of Doc Brown and George and Marty McFly.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Introduction: It’s About Time

1. Back to the Future: Edipus as Time Traveler
2. “You Space Bastard! You killed my pines!”: Back to the Future, Nostalgia and the Suburban Dream
3. “Don’t you think it’s about time?”: Back to the Future in Black and White
4. “There’s something very familiar about all this”: Generic Play and Performance in the Back to the Future Trilogy
5. Bury My Heart in Hill Valley, or, The Kid Who KO’d Liberty Valance
6. Music in Flux: Musical Transformation and Time Travel in Back to the Future
7. Back to the Fifties! Fixing the Future
8. “Mom! You look so thin!”: Constructions of Femininity Across the Space-Time Continuum
9. Ronald Reagan and the Rhetoric of Traveling Back to the Future: The Zemeckis Aesthetic as Revisionist History and Conservative Fantasy
10. “This is what makes time travel possible”: The Generation(s) of Revolutionary Master Signifiers in Back to the Future
11. Showdown at the Café ’80’s: The Back to the Future Trilogy as Baudrillardian Parable
RANDY LAIST      216
12. “Doing it in style”: The Narrative Rules of Time Travel in the Back to the Future Trilogy

About the Contributors      255
Index      259

About the Author
Sorcha Ni Fhlainn teaches courses on American literature, cinema and the gothic at Trinity College Dublin, where she was awarded her Ph.D.

The Twilight Mystique: Critical Essays on the Novels and Films 
Edited by Amy M. Clarke and Marijane Osborn Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
ISBN 978-0-7864-4998-9
notes, bibliography, index
247pp. softcover 2010
Price: $29.95

The 13 essays in this volume explore Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular Twilight series in the contexts of literature, religion, fairy tales, film, and the gothic. Several examine Meyer’s emphasis on abstinence, considering how, why, and if the author’s Mormon faith has influenced the series’ worldview. Others look at fan involvement in the Twilight world, focusing on how the series’ avid following has led to an economic transformation in Forks, Washington, the real town where the fictional series is set. Other topics include Meyer’s use of Quileute shape-shifting legends, Twilight’s literary heritage and its frequent references to classic works of literature, and the series’ controversial depictions of femininity.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments      1
Introduction: Approaching Twilight
AMY M. CLARKE      3

Luminous and Liminal: Why Edward Shines
Narrative Layering and “High-culture” Romance
Carlisle’s Cross: Locating the Post-Secular Gothic
Eco-Gothics for the Twenty-First Century
Noble Werewolves or Native Shape-Shifters?
Abstinence, American-Style
ANN V. BLISS      107
Is Twilight Mormon?
Bella and the Choice Made in Eden
Bella and Boundaries, Crossed and Redeployed
KERI WOLF      152
Sleeping Beauty and the Idealized Undead: Avoiding Adolescence
Why We Like Our Vampires Sexy
Forks, Washington: From Farms to Forests to Fans
The Pleasures of Adapting: Reading, Viewing, Logging On

About the Contributors      217
Bibliography      221
Index      227

About the Author
Amy M. Clarke is a continuing lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis. She teaches courses in science fiction and fantasy, including seminars on both the Harry Potter and Twilight series, and has recently published a study of Ursula Le Guin. Marijane Osborn is professor emeritus of English at the University of California, Davis. She has written or been a major contributor to several books on Beowulf and has published three books on Middle English topics. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Lori M. Campbell Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
ISBN 978-0-7864-4645-2 
notes, bibliography, index
226pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Fantasy writing, like literature in general, provides a powerful vehicle for challenging the status quo. Via symbolism, imagery and supernaturalism, fantasy constructs secondary-world narratives that both mirror and critique the political paradigms of our own world. This critical work explores the role of the portal in fantasy, investigating the ways in which magical nexus points and movement between worlds are used to illustrate real-world power dynamics, especially those impacting women and children. Through an examination of high and low fantasy, fairy tales, children’s literature, the Gothic, and science fiction, the portal is identified as a living being, place or magical object of profound metaphorical and cultural significance.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1
Introduction      5

Women and Other Magical Creatures: Portals in Romance and Fairy Tale
1. Who “Wears the Pants” in Faërie? The Woman Question in William Morris’s The Wood Beyond the World      23
2. “For I am but a girl”: The Problem of Female Power in Ford Madox Ford’s The Brown Owl      44

Charms, Places, and Little Girls: Portals in Children’s Literature
3. E. Nesbit and the Magic Word: Empowering Child and Woman in Real-World Fantasy      63
4. Lost Boys to Men: Romanticism and the Magic of the Female Imagination in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden      82

Haunted Houses and the Hidden Self: Portals in the Gothic, Low Fantasy, and Science Fiction
5. Confronting Chaos at the In-Between: William Hope Hodgson’s The House on the Borderland      103
6. The Society Insider/Outsider and the Sympathetic Supernatural in Fantastic Tales by Edith Wharton and Oscar Wilde      120

Haunting History: The Portal in Modern/Postmodern Fantasy
7. One World to Rule Them All: The Un-Making and Re-Making of the Symbolic Portal in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings      143
8. Harry Potter and the Ultimate In-Between: J.K. Rowling’s Portals of Power      163
9. Portals Between Then and Now: Susan Cooper, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman, and Jonathan Stroud      183

Chaper Notes      203
Bibliography      205
Index      213

About the Author
Lori M. Campbell is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

L. Andrew Cooper 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4835-7 
21 photos, notes, bibliography, index
248pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction would inspire deviant sexuality, instill heretical beliefs, and encourage antisocial violence--this book puts these beliefs to the test. After examining the assumptions behind critics’ fears, it considers nineteenth-century concerns about sexual deviance, showing how Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian Gray, and other works helped construct homosexuality as a pathological, dangerous phenomenon. It then turns to television and film, particularly Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David DeCoteau’s direct-to-video movies, to trace Gothicized sexuality’s lasting impact. Moving to heretical beliefs, Gothic Realities surveys ghost stories from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to Poltergeist, articulating the relationships between fiction and the "real" supernatural. Finally, it considers connections between Gothic horror and real-world violence, especially the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Bad Influences and Gothic Realities      1 (pdf)

Part One: Gothic Threats      23 
1. The Threat in the Gothic’s Foundation: From John Locke to Horace Walpole      25 (pdf)
2. Gothic Threats and Cultural Hierarchy: The Critical Evaluation of The Monk and The Mysteries of Udolpho      39 (pdf)

Part Two: Gothic Sexualities      57
3. Pathological Reproduction: The Emergence of Homosexuality through Nineteenth Century Gothic Fiction      59
4. Romps in the Closet: The Persistence of Nineteenth Century Notions in Contemporary Pop Culture      81

Part Three: Gothic Ghosts      115
5. Ghost Stories and Ghostly Belief: Conventional Horrors That Make Good Truths      117
6. Ghost Epistemology: Five or Six Ways to Haunt the Senses      144

Part Four: Gothic Violence      159
7. Fictions That Kill: Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Stephen King’s Only Out-of-Print Novel      161
8. Violent Self-Reflection: Natural Born Killers, Wes Craven’s Nightmares, and Torture Porn      184

Chapter Notes      209
Selected Bibliography      223
Index      233

About the Author
L. Andrew Cooper is assistant director of the Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Tech. His work has appeared in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Gothic Studies.

Thomas M. Sipos 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4972-9 
99 photos, notes, bibliography, index
288pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2010
Price: $35.00

This richly informed study analyzes how various cinematic tools and techniques have been used to create horror on screen--the aesthetic elements, sometimes not consciously noticed, that help to unnerve, frighten, shock or entertain an audience. The first two chapters define the genre and describe the use of pragmatic aesthetics (when filmmakers put technical and budgetary compromises to artistic effect). Subsequent chapters cover mise-en-scene, framing, photography, lighting, editing and sound, and a final chapter is devoted to the aesthetic appeals of horror cinema.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface      1

1. Defining the Genre      5
2. Pragmatic Aesthetics      29
3. Mise- en- Scène      31
4. Framing the Image      71
5. Photographing the Image      97
6. Lighting the Image      140
7. Editing the Image      176
8. Putting Sound to the Image      216
9. The Appeals of Horror      247

Chapter Notes      259
Bibliography      267
Index      271

About the Author
Thomas M. Sipos has worked as a script reader, actor or extra on more than 70 productions and has contributed to Filmfax, Midnight Marquee and other magazines.

Zach Waggoner 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4109-9 
15 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
207pp. softcover 2009
Price: $35.00

With videogames now one of the world’s most popular diversions, the virtual world has increasing psychological influence on real-world players. This book examines the relationships between virtual and non-virtual identity in visual role-playing games. Utilizing James Gee’s theoretical constructs of real-world identity, virtual-world identity, and projective identity, this research shows dynamic, varying and complex relationships between the virtual avatar and the player’s sense of self and makes recommendations of terminology for future identity researchers.

Table of Contents

Preface       1

1. Videogames, Avatars, and Identity: A Brief History      3
2. Locating Identity in New Media Theory      21
3. Morrowind: Identity and the Hardcore Gamer      48
4. Oblivion: Identity and the Casual Gamer      98
5. Fallout 3: Identity and the Non-Gamer      128
6. Virtual and Non-Virtual Identities: Connections and Terminological Implications      158

Appendix: Transcription of Vishnu’s First Two Hours of Morrowind Gameplay      175
Chapter Notes      185
Bibliography      193
Index      199

About the Author
Zach Waggoner has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University, where he currently teaches professional writing, videogame theory and Teaching Assistant training.

Theresa Bane 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4452-6 
bibliography, index
207pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2010
Price: $75.00

From the earliest days of oral history to the present, the vampire myth persists among mankind’s deeply-rooted fears. This encyclopedia, with entries ranging from "Abchanchu" to "Zmeus," includes nearly 600 different species of historical and mythological vampires, fully described and detailed.

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction      7


Bibliography      155
Index      183

About the Author
Theresa Bane was featured on Discovery Channel’s "Twisted History: Vampires." She is also the author of other books on unusual phenomena and lives in Asheboro, North Carolina.

Kyle William Bishop 
Foreword by Jerrold E. Hogle

ISBN 978-0-7864-4806-7 
33 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
247pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Zombie stories are peculiarly American, as the creature was born in the New World and functions as a reminder of the atrocities of colonialism and slavery. The voodoo-based zombie films of the 1930s and ’40s reveal deep-seated racist attitudes and imperialist paranoia, but the contagious, cannibalistic zombie horde invasion narrative established by George A. Romero has even greater singularity.

This book provides a cultural and critical analysis of the cinematic zombie tradition, starting with its origins in Haitian folklore and tracking the development of the subgenre into the twenty-first century. Closely examining such influential works as Victor Halperin’s White Zombie, Jacques Tourneur’s I Walked with a Zombie, Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2, Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead, Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, and, of course, Romero’s entire "Dead" series, it establishes the place of zombies in the Gothic tradition.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Foreword by Jerrold E. Hogle      1
Preface      5
Introduction—The Zombie Film and Its Cycles      9

The Folkloric and Ideological Origins of the Voodoo Zombie      37
Imperialist Hegemony and the Cinematic Voodoo Zombie      64
Night of the Living Dead and the Zombie Invasion Narrative      94
The Triumph of the Zombie Social Metaphor in Dawn of the Dead      129
The Evolution of the Zombie Protagonist      158

Conclusion—The Future Shock of Zombie Cinema      197
Filmography      209
Chapter Notes      213
Bibliography      225
Index      231

About the Author
Kyle William Bishop is an assistant professor at Southern Utah University, where he teaches American literature and culture, film studies, fantasy literature, and English composition. He has presented and published a variety of papers on popular culture and cinematic adaptation.

Michael J. Tresca 
ISBN 978-0-7864-5895-0 
10 photos, glossary, bibliography, index
238pp. softcover 2011
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Price: $35.00

Book Launch March 2011
Tracing the evolution of fantasy gaming from its origins in tabletop war and collectible card games to contemporary web-based live action and massive multi-player games, this book examines the archetypes and concepts within the fantasy gaming genre alongside the roles and functions of the game players themselves. Other topics include: how The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings helped shape fantasy gaming through Tolkien’s obsessive attention to detail and virtual world building; the community-based fellowship embraced by players of both play-by-post and persistent browser-based games, despite the fact that these games are fundamentally solo experiences; the origins of gamebooks and interactive fiction; and the evolution of online gaming in terms of technological capabilities, media richness, narrative structure, coding authority, and participant roles.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments      ix
Preface      1
Introduction      5

1. The Lord of the Rings      23
2. Collectible Card Games and Miniature Wargames      47
3. Tabletop Role-Playing Games      59
4. Play-By-Post and Browser-Based Games      92
5. Gamebooks and Interactive Fiction      100
6. Multi-User Dungeons      111
7. Computer Role-Playing Games      134
8. Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games      162
9. Live Action Role-Playing Games      181

Conclusion      200
Glossary      203
Sources      207
Index      217

About the Author
Game designer, author, and artist Michael J. Tresca has authored numerous supplements and adventures for publishers of fantasy role-playing games. An administrator at RetroMUD, he lives in Connecticut.

Edited by Kevin K. Durand and Mary K. Leigh 
ISBN 978-0-7864-4628-5 
notes, bibliographies, index
258pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

The Wizard of Oz has captured the imagination of the public since publication of L. Frank Baum’s first book of the series in 1900. Oz has shaped the way we read children’s literature, view motion pictures and experience musicals. Oz has captured the scholarly imagination as well. The seventeen essays in this book address numerous questions of the boundaries between literature, film, and stage--and these have become essential to Oz scholarship. Together the essays explore the ways in which Oz tells us much about ourselves, our society, and our journeys.

Table of Contents

Preface; or, Scholars Walk the Yellow Brick Road      1

1. The Emerald Canon: Where the Yellow Brick Road Forks
(Kevin K. Durand)      11
2. Dorothy and Cinderella: The Case of the Missing Prince and the Despair of the Fairy Tale
(Agnes B. Curry and Josef Velazquez)      24
3. Psychospiritual Wizdom: Dorothy’s Monomyth in The Wizard of Oz
( Jené Gutierrez)      54
4. “Come out, come out, wherever you are”: How Tina Landau’s 1969 Stages a Queer Reading of The Wizard of Oz
(Ronald Zank)      61
5. “Something between higgledy-piggledy and the eternal sphere”: Queering Age/Sex in Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl
(Emily A. Mattingly)      77
6. No Place Like the O.Z.: Heroes and Hybridity in Sci-Fi’s Tin Man
(Kristin Noone)      94
7. The Wizard of Oz as a Modernist Work
(Charity Gibson)      107

8. Ask the Clock of the Time Dragon: Oz in the Past and the Future
(Randall Auxier)      121
9. Down the Yellow Brick Road: Good and Evil, Freewill, and Generosity in The Wizard of Oz
(Gail Linsenbard)      136
10. The “Wonderful” Wizard of Oz and Other Lies: A Study of Inauthenticity in Wicked: A New Musical
(Mary K. Leigh)      147
11. Memories Cloaked in Magic: Memory and Identity in Tin Man
(Anne Collins Smith)      158
12. The Wicked Wizard of Oz
(Kevin K. Durand)      172
13. A Feminist Stroll Down the Yellow Brick Road: Dorothy’s Heroine’s Adventure
(Paula Kent)      179

14. The Wiz: American Culture at Its Best
(Rhonda Williams)      191
15. The Wiz as the Seventies’ Version of The Wizard of Oz: An Analysis
(Claudia A. Beach)      200
16. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Religious Populism and Spiritual Capitalism
(Kevin Tanner)      204
17. The Ethics and Epistemology of Emancipation in Oz
( Jason M. Bell and Jessica Bell)      225

About the Contributors      247
Index      251

About the Author
Kevin K. Durand is an associate professor of philosophy at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He has published broadly in philosophy, religion, and ethics, and this is his third book. Mary K. Leigh is an adjunct instructor of philosophy and English at Henderson State University. She lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

New: Extrapolation 51.3 (Fall 2010)

From the Extrapolation web site (http://blue.utb.edu/extrapolation/51_3.htm):

Volume 51 Issue 3 (Autumn 2010)


  • Dale Knickerbocker, "Apocalypse, Utopia, and Dystopia: Old Paradigms Meet a New Millennium."
  • Christopher Pizzino, "Utopia At Last: Cormac McCarthy's The Road as Science Fiction."
  • Deborah Bailin, "Evolution as Apocalypse in God's Grace."
  • Adam Johns, "'The Time Had Come for Us to Be Born': Octavia Butler's Darwinian Apocalypse."
  • Jessie Stickgold-Sarah, "'Your Children Will Know Us, You Never Will': The Pessimistic Utopia of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy."
  • Gerry Canavan, "'We Are the Walking Dead': Race, Time, and Survival in Zombie Narrative."


  • Peter Y. Paik. From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe. Reviewed by Amy J. Ransom.
  • Andrew Milner, Ed. Tenses of Imagination: Raymond Williams on Science Fiction, Utopia and Dystopia. Reviewed by Donald M. Hassler.
  • Tony Burns. Political Theory, Science Fiction, and Utopian Literature: Ursula K. Le Guin and the Dispossessed. Reviewed by James R. Simmons.
  • Maura Heaphy. 100 Most Popular Science Fiction Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies. Reviewed by Catherine Coker.
  • Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Rob Latham, and Carol McGuirk, eds. The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Reviewed by Rich Calvin.

Extrapolation 51.2

Extrapolation 51.2 (Summer 2010) just arrived in the mail. Contents as follows (from http://blue.utb.edu/extrapolation/51_2.htm):

Volume 51 Issue 2 (Summer 2010)


  • John Rieder, "The Return to the Frontier in the Extraordinary Voyage: Verne's The Mysterious Island and Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey," 201-15.
  • Paula Brown, "Stardust as Allegorical Bildungsroman: An Apology For Platonic Idealism," 216-34.
  • Steffen Hantke, "The Return of the Giant Creature: Cloverfield and Political Opposition to the War on Terror," 235-57.
  • Amy J. Ransom, "Warping Time: Alternate History, Historical Fantasy, and the Postmodern uchronie québécoise," 258-80.
  • Rachel Haywood Ferreira, "Más AlláEl Eternauta, and the Dawn of the Golden Age of Latin American Science Fiction (1953-59)," 281-303.


  • D. Harlan Wilson reviews Jason P. Vest's The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick, 304-10.
  • Gabriel Cutrufello reviews Eric Carl Link's Understanding Philip K. Dick, 310-15.
  • Ritch Calvin reviews Lejla Kucukalic's Philip K. Dick: Canonical Writer of the Digital Age, 315-21.
  • Ritch Calvin reviews Wendy Gay Pearson, Veronica Hollinger, and Joan Gordon, eds., Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction, 321-27.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Being Human on SyFy

SyFy has recently begun promoting its version of the hit BBC3 series Being Human, which explores the interactions between a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost and the humans that live near them.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

CFP: The Return of the Ring (11/11/11; Loughborough University 8/16-20/12)

From http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php:

The Return of the Ring
Loughborough University (Leicestershire, UK), 16th–20th August 2012

Call for papers

J.R.R. Tolkien is an author who excites diverse critical response from both academia and non-academia. Although best known for The Lord of the Rings and other tales of his Middle-earth 'legendarium', Tolkien's oeuvre extends to Anglo-Saxon studies (to which he contributed much as an academic), essays on fairy tales, poetry, children's tales and non Middle-earth fantasy.

In recent years academic interest in the fantasy genre has increased dramatically. Likewise fandom studies are developing as fan productions proliferate, particularly since Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

"The Return of the Ring" is a conference which aims to bring together scholars and researchers from across the globe to share their expertise and interest in any Tolkien-related area of study such as linguistics, fantasy, literature, education, media & culture, fandom etc. It will also be a gathering of musicians and artists inspired or influenced by Tolkien, and of those interested in any aspect of Tolkien and his work. The conference will include several academic streams as well as other events and is run by The Tolkien Society, the long-established literary society devoted to the promotion and understanding of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Tolkien Society invites submissions of proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and posters. To apply, please fill in the form by 11th November 2011. If you are organising a group of presentations, the group co-ordinator should contact Meggy directly before submitting the individual items. For more information about the programme, or to discuss any aspect of your proposal, please contact Meggy McMurry at programme@returnofthering.org.

We also invite applications for the Christine Davidson Memorial Lecture, for which the selected recipient will receive some financial assistance to attend the conference. If you wish to apply, please read the information about the award and the criteria for entry.

CFP: "European Traditions of the Fantastic" for Fastitocalon volume II (2011) (No. 2 11/15/10)

Call for papers (pdf)
Fastitocalon volume II (2011)
Published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (WVT)

The European Traditions of the Fantastic

The second volume of Fastitocalon is going to be dedicated to the exploration of the literary, poetical, cultural and historical aspects of the European traditions of the Fantastic.

The Fantastic is a human universal and no single culture can lay a monopolistic claim to its variegated forms and contents. The cultural representations of the Fantastic, however, tend to differ and even the central question of what constitutes ‘the Fantastic’ varies from culture to culture.

Europe, with the Gothic novel and epic fantasy in England, the fairy- and folk-tales of Germany, and the tales of the realistic fantastic in France, is often considered the cradle of modern fantastic literature. Authors and artists in the European tradition of the Fantastic frequently explore the myths, history, and landscape next to the religious, cultural and literary traditions of their native lands for their works, or they exploit the cultural stereotypes for artistic effect. The European tradition has, of course, spread and mixed with other traditions. Yet, we believe that it is possible to talk meaningfully about such a tradition, to discuss its characteristics and, by contrasting its works with those of other traditions, to highlight its typical features.

Fastitocalon is pleased to solicit proposals for papers to explore the European tradition of the Fantastic. Contributions to the volume may focus on individual works or protagonists, discuss the historical development and transformations, or explore the literary-theoretical aspects connected with the tradition.

Even though the language of publication is English, we would like to encourage the contributors to include works in other languages in their discussion of the phenomenon.

Deadline for abstracts (issue 1): 15 June 2010
Deadline for full papers (issue 1): 30 November 2010
Deadline for abstracts (issue 2): 15 November 2010
Deadline for full papers (issue 2): 30 May 2011

Fastitocalon is a peer-reviewed journal. Abstracts and/or full papers submitted will be reviewed by the editors and members of the board of advisors.

Abstracts (c. 600 words or 3,000 characters) or full papers (up to c. 8,000 words or 40,000 characters), together with a brief biographical sketch, are to be sent to either of the following addresses:

Prof. Dr. Fanfan Chen
Email: ffchen@mail.ndhu.edu.tw / chenfantasticism@gmail.com
Postal mail: Dept. of English & Doctoral Program of Comparative Literature
National Dong Hwa University
97401 Shoufeng, Hualien County

Prof. Dr. Thomas Honegger
Email: Tm.honegger@uni-jena.de
Postal mail: Institut für Anglistik & Amerikanistik
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
D-07743 Jena

New Journal: Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern

The journal Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient and Modern launched recently. Here are the relevant details. The first volume is devoted to "Immortals and the Undead." A call for papers has also been posted for the second volume and will be posted separately to the blog.

Fastitocalon - Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern


The original idea for starting a new journal goes back some two years when the two editors-in-chief were working together on a volume on dragons in literature. They deplored the lack of a journal that aims at promoting a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of fantasticism across the ages. In order to remedy this situation, they decided to try and establish a series whose individual issues focus either on important authors and/or works in this field (e.g. Hoffmann, Poe, Tolkien, Maupassant, Dunsany) or on specific topics relevant to fantasticism (e.g. the supernatural, the transcendental, the monstrous). The WVT (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier / 'Scholarly Publications Trier') graciously agreed to give the new journal a home and work began in close exchange with an international Board of Advisors whose members act as peer-reviewers for abstracts and papers.

Volume I (2010): Immortals and the Undead

Issue 1

(Fanfan Chen and Thomas Honegger)
Introduction to Volume I
The first volume of Fastitocalon (consisting of two issues) is dedicated to the exploration of the literary, poetical, cultural and historical aspects of the immortals and the undead. Albeit the two categories have, at first sight, only very little to do with each other, they can be interpreted as representing two approaches towards the larger question of death, mortality, and longevity.
Immortality has fascinated human beings probably ever since the awareness of their own mortality has dawned on them. Thus, the earliest extant epic Gilgamesh deals with the quest for immortality. Yet the category of immortals may not only include 'positive' examples such as the Taoist masters as they appear in Wu Yuantai’s novel The Eight Immortals Depart and Travel to the East (Ming Dynasty), or the successful alchemists, for example Flamel in J.K. Rowling’s The Philosopher's Stone, whose immortality is part of a greater (spiritual) achievement. It may also comprise conflicted beings such as Karl Edward Wagner's Kane or even Tolkien's elves, for whom longevity may become a curse, too. Next to Tolkien's elves, the 'classical' longaevi (nymphs, silvans, nerei etc.) may also be of interest. At the other end of the spectrum, we find figures such as the 'eternal Jew', best known as the protagonist of Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820), and his analogues. They may not be 'immortals' in the strict sense of the word, but often participate in the 'immortality discourse' and provide a valuable complementary view.
The undead comprise the literarily prominent examples of the revenants and vampires. Ever since the publication of John Polidori's The Vampyre (1819) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897), the charismatic and erotically alluring vampire has become a popular character of modern fantastic fiction, of which the best-selling 'Twilight-saga' by Stephenie Meyer is a most recent example. Originally at home in 'gothic' horror novels and movies, the undead have crossed over into various other genres (fantasy, science fiction, crime, historic fiction and films etc.) and developed into a versatile element of the fantastic. Their 'human origin' (at least in the western culture) makes them simultaneously familiar and exotic, human and monstrous with a great literary potential into which writers of the fantastic have been dipping more and more deeply.
The contributions to this first issue explore some of these issues in greater depth. Dirk Vanderbeke's informed piece on vampires in literature across the centuries makes a brave beginning and outlines the transmutations of the folkloristic vampire and its aristocratic 'literary' counterpart. The paper by Eugenio Olivares Merino, then, looks into the question of early English vampires and establishes the origins of a 'British' tradition in twelfth-century accounts of 'revenants'. Leaving vampires and revenants, we progress to Siobhán Ní Chonaill discussion of William Godwin’s novel St Leon (1799). She sets this work in relation to the perfectibilist ideas in Godwin's political philosophy and demonstrates a readjustment in his thinking about immortality. Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay, in her contribution, analyses Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's novel Uncle Silas (1864) as a revenant or a ghost resurrected from the 18th century Gothic past. She furthermore addresses the question of immortality and how plot and characterization are determined by it, and informed by Swedenborg's perspective whereby the intermediate world of spirits (itself half way between heaven and hell) exists parallel to the world of the living. Finally, Amy Amendt-Raduege's paper on Tolkien's ringwraiths draws on both folklore and Tolkien's own well-documented thoughts about the necessity of death and discusses the implications for those individuals who refuse to acknowledge the necessity of death – and the terrible recognition that, for all its awful finality, not dying destroys our humanity altogether.
Douglas Anderson's notes on forgotten authors of fantastic literature conclude the first issue. They have been selected with a view on their compatibility with the overall theme and offer – next to impulses for further exploration of the topic – the fruits of original research.
We wish our readers a stimulating and 'fantastic' time with the first issue of Fastitocalon.
Thomas Honegger & Fanfan Chen


Dirk Vanderbeke (Jena, Germany)
The Vampire Strikes Back: On the History of a Nightwalker

Eugenio Olivares Merino (Jaén, Spain)
The (Medi)Evil Dead: Revenants and Vampires in Twelfth Century English Literature 1

Siobhán Ní Chonaill (Cambridge, UK)
'What is political liberty compared with unbounded riches and immortal vigour?': The Politics of Immortality in William Godwin's St Leon

Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay (Paris, France)
Victorian Gothic Fiction as a Ghost: Immortality and the Undead in Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Uncle Silas (1864)

Amy Amendt-Raduege (Bellingham, USA)
Better Off Dead: The Lesson of the Ringwraiths


Douglas Anderson (Marcellus, USA)
Biographical notes on forgotten authors of fantastic literature

Issue 2 (forthcoming autumn 2010)

(Fanfan Chen and Thomas Honegger)


Roger Bozzetto and Fanfan Chen (Aix, France/ Hualien, Taiwan)
The Evolution of the Quest for Immortality in the Fantastic and Science Fiction: Spirituality, Corporeality, Virtuality

Valentina Fenga (Bologna, Italy)
New Immortals: Technology and Immortality

Anna Caiozzo (Paris, France)
Some Notes on the Depiction of Immortals in Illustrations to Medieval Oriental Manuscripts

Eugenio Olivares Merino (Jaén, Spain)
Reporting the Stubborn Undead: Revenants and Vampires in Twelfth Century English Literature 2

Thomas Scholz (Leipzig, Germany)
'A zombie is just a barely living firend you haven’t met yet.': Bisociation and the Undead in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series

Bruce Wyse (Waterloo, Ontario Canada)
Consuming Life: Liminality, Addiction and the Posthuman Condition in Bulwer-Lytton's A Strange Story and the Victorian Elixir-of-Life Narrative


Douglas Anderson (Marcellus, USA)
Biographical notes on forgotten authors of fantastic literature