Posted on December 29, 2017

CFP: Gothic Nature: New Directions in Eco-horror and EcoGothic

Call for Papers

We wanted to let everyone new about a new journal that will be launched in the summer of 2018: Gothic Nature: New Directions in Eco-horror and the EcoGothic. It’s edited by Elizabeth Parker and Emily Bourke and emerged from a fantastic conference they co-organized in November 2017 at Trinity College Dublin.

The deadline for submissions for the inaugural issue of Gothic Nature is April 15, 2018, and the contact email is:

Here’s the full CFP:

We are seeking submissions for our new Gothic Nature journal, due out in 2018.

Further to the success of the November 2017 conference Gothic Nature: New Directions in Eco-horror and the EcoGothic, we will be producing a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the same themes.

The editorial board so far includes Dr Elizabeth Parker, Emily Bourke, Professor Simon C. Estok, Professor Andrew Smith, Professor Dawn Keetley, Professor Matthew Wynn Sivils, and Dr Stacy Alaimo. The inaugural issue will also feature an opening essay on eco-horror and the ecoGothic from Dr Tom J. Hillard.


‘Horror is becoming the environmental norm.’ —Sara L. Crosby

Gothic and horror fictions have long functioned as vivid reflections of contemporary cultural fears. Wood argues that horror is ‘the struggle for recognition of all that our society represses or oppresses’, and Newman puts forward the idea that it ‘actively eliminates and exorcises our fears by allowing them to be relegated to the imaginary realm of fiction’. Now, more than ever, the environment has become a locus of those fears for many people, and this conference seeks to investigate the wide range of Gothic- and horror-inflected texts that tackle the darker side of nature.

As we inch ever closer toward an anthropogenic ecological crisis, this type of fiction demands our attention. In 2009, Simon C. Estok highlighted the importance of ‘ecophobia’ in representations of nature, emphasising the need for ecocriticism to acknowledge the ‘irrational and groundless hatred of the natural world’ present in contemporary society. Tom J. Hillard responded to Estok’s call ‘to talk about how fear of the natural world is a definable and recognizable discourse’, suggesting that ‘we need look no further than the rich and varied vein of critical approaches used to investigate fear in literature.’ What happens, he asks, ‘when we bring the critical tools associated with Gothic fiction to bear on writing about nature?’

Gothic Nature seeks to address this question, interrogating the place of non-human nature in horror and the Gothic today, and showcasing the most exciting and innovative research currently being conducted in the field. We are especially interested for our inaugural issue in articles which address ecocritical theory and endeavour to define and discern the distinctions between ‘eco-horror’ and ‘ecoGothic’. We welcome academic articles from a variety of different subject backgrounds, as well as interdisciplinary work.

Subjects may include, but are by no means limited to:

  1. Eco-horror and the ecoGothic: theory and distinctions
  2. Ecocriticism and horror literature/ media
  3. Ecocriticism and Gothic literature/ media
  4. Gothic nature/ecophobia
  5. Global eco-horror/global ecoGothic
  6. Environmental activism and horror/ the Gothic
  7. Human nature vs. nonhuman nature
  8. Rural Gothic
  9. Landscapes of fear
  10. Legends of haunted nature/Gothic nature and mythology
  11. Monsters in nature/natural spectres
  12. Climate change and Gothic nature
  13. Environmental apocalypse
  14. Animal horror
  15. Gothic nature in art through the ages


If you are interested in submitting a piece for our inaugural issue, please send an article of 6-8,000 words (Harvard referencing), along with a brief biography to by April 15th, 2018. Please feel free to contact either Elizabeth Parker ( or Emily Bourke ( with any informal queries you may have.

Please do get in touch, too, if you are interested in serving on the editorial board or contributing to the work on our website.

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