Edited Volume CFP
Not Dead, But Dreaming: Reading Lovecraft in the 21st Century
In the one hundred and twenty-nine years since his birth, H. P. Lovecraft’s reputation has grown beyond all expectation. Not only has he influenced generations of readers, but he has also influenced scores of people in areas such as filmmaking, television, comics, music, and literary theory. Because interest in Lovecraft continues to grow, our intention is to explore some of the reasons why he has become so influential—and so indispensable—since the early 1990s. From his stories of human degeneration that started with “The Tomb” and “Dagon” to the cosmic horror that culminated in The Shadow out of Time and “The Haunter of the Dark,” the less than 20 years that Lovecraft devoted to a career in fiction produced narratives that remain popular among a growing number of readers who follow his work from multiple areas of interest. Additionally, Lovecraft’s literary production in general has also become increasingly relevant from an academic perspective since at least the 1990s. In this volume, we want to reflect on the possible reasons for Lovecraft’s expanding popularity and the significance of his legacy as we entered the digital age. Consequently, we are interested in research that focuses on the significance of Lovecraft’s work from the 1990s to the present day.
Possible topics to explore in the work of Lovecraft and its connection with the 1990s to the present might include, but are not limited to:
- The Anthropocene
- Influence in videogames
- Lovecraft Adaptations, including his influence on film and art in general
- Lovecraft’s philosophical thought
- Lovecraft’s poetry
- Lovecraft related RPGs and LARs
- Lovecraftian families
- Object Oriented Ontology
Contributors can expect to be selected and notified by 15th December 2019. The deadline for submission of completed articles will be 30 May 2019.