Mission Statement

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. The journal publishes an annual issue on Halloween.

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