Copyright 2018 - Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung

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 fantastic narrative.


Miscellaneous Section

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, Comit’ Redacci’n Universidad Aut’noma de Barcelona, Espa’a.

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