Inaugrual General Issue

Inaugural Issue: Halloween 2017

Pennywise Dreadful is a peer-reviewed online journal that seeks to exhibit quality scholarship on the work of the American writer, Stephen King.  The journal seeks to create a platform for the publication of research which will sustain an emergent critical demonstration of King’s worth as a subject of scholastic interrogation initiated by publications such as Tony Magistrale’s Landscape of Fear (1988) and John Sears’ Stephen King’s Gothic (2011). Pennywise Dreadful welcomes contributions from scholars and academics that offer innovative, original and scholarly rigorous readings of King’s oeuvre, and that examine the tensions and intertextual resonances that cultivate relationships between King’s fiction and contemporary literature and culture. Pennywise Dreadful is a celebration of the cultural longevity of King’s work and provides a forum for presenting new research on King’s fiction and his contemporary context. The journal is a platform for scholarship concerned with how writers such as Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, and Edgar Allan Poe have influenced King’s fiction. It also welcomes submissions examining King’s own influence over various exponents of contemporary Horror, in addition to filmic and theatrical adaptations of King’s fiction.

Proposals are invited for the inaugural issue of Pennywise Dreadful, concerned with any topic pertaining to the work of Stephen King. This issue of the journal will begin the process of facilitating a sustained exploration of King’s oeuvre, addressing the lack of critical scholarship recognising King’s contribution to American letters. Topics which may be explored by contributors could include, but are not limited to;

  • King and Genre (Horror, Gothic, Science Fiction, Western, Crime)
  • King’s Influences (Bradbury, Lovecraft, Matheson, Poe)
  • King’s Influence (on Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe Hill et al.)
  • Adaptations of King’s Fiction
  • King’s Short Fiction
  • King’s Author Protagonists
  • Children in King’s Fiction
  • King’s America
  • King’s Representation of Good and/or Evil

Articles of 6,000-8,000 words, complete with an abstract of 200-300 words and a short biography of 50-100 words should be submitted via e-mail to the journal’s editors Alan Gregory and Dawn Stobbart at no later than 30th April 2017 ahead of the journal’s publication on Halloween.

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