Gothic Studies Journal

Gothic Studies


Editor: Emily Alder, Edinburgh Napier University

Associate Editor: Timothy Jones, University of Stirling

Reviews Editors: Maisha Wester, Indiana University Bloomington (North America); Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK and Europe)

Editorial Assistant: Frances Thielman, Texas A&M University

First published in 1999, Gothic Studies is the refereed journal of the International Gothic Association. The journal currently appears twice each year, and will soon move to publishing three times each year. It publishes a mixture of general issues and guest-edited specials. Gothic Studies also includes a regular reviews feature, occasional interviews with significant figures in Gothic, calls for papers and conference announcements. This is the foremost academic publication exclusively devoted to the field of Gothic, and it thus represents essential reading for students and teachers of the genre.

Contributors and guest editors over the past ten years have included Jerrold E. Hogle, Robert Miles, Benjamin F. Fisher, David Punter, Fred Botting, Neil Cornwell, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Steven Bruhm, Anne Williams, Michelle Massé, Carol A. Senf, Lisa Hopkins, Andrew Smith, Jeffrey N. Cox, Avril Horner, Sue Zlosnik, Gina Wisker, Eugenia DeLamotte, Paulina Palmer, Jason Haslam, Scott Brewster, George E. Haggerty, Catherine Spooner, Manuel Aguirre, Stephen Shapiro, China Miéville and Anne Rice. Gothic Studies aims to publish cutting-edge work by both established scholars and more recent entrants to the field.

Special issues have been produced on a wide range of Gothic authors, periods and national traditions. These have included guest-edited editions on Monstrosity and Anthropology, Romanticism and the ‘New Gothic’, Reanimating Gothic Drama, Gothic Cults and Gothic Cultures, Postcolonial Gothic, Female Gothic, Queering Gothic Films, Italy and the Gothic, Gothic in Contemporary Popular Culture, Postfeminist Gothic and Material Gothic. Gothic Studies is especially interested in commissioning special issues which expand or question the existing boundaries of the genre.

Writing and editing for Gothic Studies

Currently Gothic Studies is not accepting any new submissions of articles for review, to allow us to manage a high volume of material for the 2021 (Vol 23) and 2022 (Vol 24) issues. If you would like your article to be considered for the issues in Volume 25 (2023), we ask that you wait until late 2021 or early 2022 to send it; decisions will be offered late spring/ early summer 2022.

Gothic Studies invites two types of submissions from its readers. The journal will publish articles on any period, national tradition, or topic within the Gothic in general issues. Potential contributors should be aware that there is likely to be a delay between commissioning and publication. The journal also commissions special issues from qualified guest-editors, who are responsible for drafting a call for papers, for the initial moderation process, and for the editing and introduction of the final volume. Potential guest editors should contact the Editor, Emily Alder (, who will both advise them on the content of the proposal, and support the editing of the special issue whilst it is in progress.

All contributions submitted to Gothic Studies are read anonymously by at least two readers, one of whom is normally a member of the journal’s international Editorial Advisory Board. Further readers may be brought in, should agreement not be reached by the original readers. The reading process will always remain anonymous, and the names of contributors and readers are never divulged by the journal. Readers’ reports are made available to the contributor, whether the proposed piece is commissioned or not. Editorial decisions are final, and no further correspondence will be entered into should an article be rejected.

Before submitting a manuscript, please ensure that it conforms as closely as possible to the journal’s style guidelines and that your name does not appear anywhere on the manuscript (including headers, footers or contact details appended at the end of the article). Manuscripts should be between 5000 and 7000 words in length, and should be accompanied by an abstract of up to 200 words. Manuscripts should be submitted as a word docx. to  Please direct any queries about the submission or review process to the same address.

Reviewing for Gothic Studies

Reviews should be 900-1200 words in length. Review articles which consider two or more works may be somewhat longer. Reviews and review articles should be produced to the journal’s style guidelines. If you would like to review for Gothic Studies, please contact the reviews editor responsible for the area in which the work is published:

Europe and Asia: Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn,, Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester, M1 5NH

US, Canada, Australia: Dr. Maisha Wester,  

Subscribing to Gothic Studies

Gothic Studies is published by Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the International Gothic Association –

Institutional Subscriptions are available through Edinburgh University Press.

Individual subscriptions include full personal membership of the International Gothic Association.

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Please direct any queries about the journal subscription to Carol Lonie:

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