Call for Papers

The Journal of Stephen King Studies – Issue 3

Editors: Dr Dawn Stobbart & Dr Sorcha Ni Fhlainn

Call for Papers

“‘Go then. There are other worlds than these’” (King, Gunslinger, 266). These are the final words of one of Jake Chambers’ lifetimes in Stephen King’s 1982 novel The Gunslinger, Volume one of his Dark Tower series. Throughout the subsequent volumes—and many of his other novels that connect to the Tower—King has continued to develop this “other worlds” concept, also described as “many levels . . . [of] the Tower of all existence” (King, Insomnia, 576). Recently, the metaphor may apply as well to adaptations of King’s work as to the multi-verse of the novels and stories themselves.

From the publication of his first novel, Carrie (1974), Stephen King has been inextricably linked to the horror genre. The same is true for the film and television projects that have been adapted from his work, beginning with Carrie (1976), and the mini-series of Salem’s Lot (1979). Yet King is not, and never has been, purely a horror writer. In recent years, King adaptations have expanded into graphic novels and long-form streaming service television series. An interesting turn, exemplified by the two part film IT and The Dark Tower film, and Castle Rock, has involved adaptations that actively change or add to narratives—new locations, characters, and events; marked time shifts; cross-racial casting—doing something substantively different from standard novel-to-film changes.

We welcome articles on any area to do with Stephen King and the film and TV adaptations of his work including but not limited to:

  • Individual adaptations or series, groups of adaptations, or original series based on King’s work.
  • The relationship between King’s stories as literary fiction and film adaptations
  • Adapting King for the big and small screens
  • The format of King adaptations (film, TV movie, mini-series, series)
  • The impact of these adaptations on genre in film and/or TV
  • The significance (or otherwise) of the King “brand’ to film and/or TV
  • King as source for/contributor to other shows such as The X-Files, The Outer Limits and Stranger Things

Completed articles are solicited, with an abstract of 300-500 words, and a short biography of 50-100 words should be submitted via email no later than 31 March 2021 to popularhorrorstudies@gmail.com

For more information see our Submission Guidelines.

Prospective contributors are welcome to contact us at the above address if they have any questions.