Ecohorror – A New Issue of ISLE

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014
Ecohorror – A New Issue of ISLE

A new issue of the journal Interdiscplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment will address eco-horror as a mode and genre–an increasingly lively topic given the attention paid to horror by speculative-realist writers such as Graham Harman, Ben Woodward, Timothy Morton, and Eugene Thacker and their efforts to recuperate H.P. Lovecraft as a ecological writer. Thacker’s book In the Dust of this Planet, for example, does a useful reading of Fritz Leiber’s oil-horror novel The Black Gondolier. In the new issue, there is an implicit distinction made between eco-horror and the post-apocalyptic (or catastrophe) genre that is probably the most common focus for ecocritics after romantic poetry and nature writing. The issue is also indicates an increase in scholarly attention to non-realist genres such as horror, fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction.

The issue includes articles by critics such as Stephen A. Rust, Carter Soles, Christy Tidwell, Sarah L. Crosby, Heidi C. M. Scott and Kom Kunyosying. Postmodern horror film, comics, Poe, Hitchcock, parasites, posthumanism, and new materialism are among the topics discussed.

Advance issues of the articles are available here.