‘SATANIC PANIC’ Call for Submissions – Extended Deadline!


** Please note due to delays in deliberation we are hoping to notify everyone who submitted by Friday August 1 as to the status of their proposal. Thank you for your patience! **

Spectacular Optical Publications (www.spectacularoptical.ca) is a small-press publisher of cult film and pop culture books based in Canada. As you may know, Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER! – all about cool, tuff and inspiring kids in cult film and TV- is currently set to launch at the Fantasia Film Festival in July 2014. With KID POWER on the presses, it’s time to start thinking about our next anthology book. Our proposed follow-up is:

Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

We are accepting proposals for essays or interviews of 3000-5000 words each, that in some way address the various media that attempted to illuminate – and in many cases propagate – the widespread fear of a Satanic conspiracy throughout North America that ran from the publication of Michelle Remembers in 1980 to the end of the McMartin Preschool Trial in 1990. The types of media to be explored can include literature, print journalism, theatrical films, made-for-TV films, short films, direct-to-video films, TV news specials, cartoons, comics, graphic arts, music, commercials and infomercials.

Articles can focus on a specific film/book/artwork/case, or they may offer overarching analyses that touch upon many different elements. All pieces should be rigorously historically researched (with citations) and offer cultural context and critique. We are not looking merely for reviews. While we do not require an academic writing style, we do require academic standards of research. Proposals focused on similar events outside of North America will also be considered. Each accepted piece shall comprise a chapter of the book, which aims to provide a unique, vibrant and informative overview of the period.

Proposals are due Friday July 25, 2014 by 5:00 pm CST (extended from original deadline of July 14). As of today, June 27th, the submission period is open.

If you would like to submit a proposal for SATANIC PANIC, please submit the following to bigsmashproductions@gmail.com before 5:00pm CST on Friday, July 25, 2014. Submit the content below in one single document as either .doc, .docx or .pdf. Please put “Satanic Panic” in the subject line of the email. You may submit more than one proposal.

Proposal requirements:

1. Your professional CV and a short biography (50-100 words). Please note if you identify as Canadian.
2. A working title and a draft introduction/opening paragraph for the chapter of around 450 words that includes your thesis statement.
3. Please list any ways you would be able to aid in the book’s promotion. Also note whether you would be able to provide any high-res images to accompany your chapter.

Complete and final manuscripts are due Monday October 6, 2014. If you submit a proposal, please be sure you are confident that you have the time and ability to hand in your chapter by this date. Any proposals that are shortlisted will result in a second round of questions, including a request for a proposed bibliography. You will be notified by email no later than August 15, 2014 (proposals submitted on the original deadline of July 14th will still receive notification by July 28, 2014 as expected). If selected, you will be sent a contract, and there will be monetary compensation for your chapter following publication.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and is co-editing Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television for release in late 2017. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a TV series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films.


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