Call for Submissions: “YULETIDE TERROR”

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Yuletide Terror – Call for Submissions!

Spectacular Optical Publications (www.spectacularoptical.ca) is a small-press publisher of cult film and pop culture books based in Canada. Following our earlier anthologies Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER! and Spectacular Optical Book Two: SATANIC PANIC: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s, we are accepting proposals for essays, interviews and capsule reviews for our third anthology, tentatively titled “Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television.” We will consider writing on features, television specials, television episodes, short films and web series.

Guidelines for Essay Proposals:

We are accepting proposals for essays or interviews of 2500-4000 words each that illuminate the history and tradition of Christmas horror cinema for both the big and small screen. These pieces should address the unique aspects of Christmas horror cinema and attempt to situate the films within horror cinema as a whole.  Each submission can focus on a specific film, a related series of films, or may offer overarching analyses that touch on larger themes and trends.

All pieces should be rigorously researched and mainly focus on context and thoughtful critique–we are not looking merely for reviews or plot synopses. Interviews with filmmakers are recommended, but may also be required, depending on the topic or film selected. Each accepted piece shall comprise a chapter of the book, which aims to provide a unique, vibrant and informative overview of these films.

Guidelines for Capsule Reviews:

Capsule reviews should be 250-350 words each and contain a brief synopsis and critique, as well as any interesting trivia of note.

Please note that we are not soliciting single capsules at this time – for the purposes of this book (and subsequent royalty payments), 20 capsules shall be deemed the equivalent of one essay.

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All Proposals are due by November 30, 2015 at 9:00 am CST.

If you would like to submit a proposal for YULETIDE TERROR, please submit the following to bigsmashproductions@gmail.com before 9:00am CST on November 30, 2015. Submit the content below in one single document as either .doc, .docx or .pdf. Please put “Yuletide Terror” in the subject line of the email.

Proposal requirements:

1. Your professional CV, including full contact details + a short biography (50-100 words). Please note if you identify as Canadian.
2. For essays: A working title and a 500 to 800-word summary of your chapter that includes your thesis statement and identifies your major points of discussion. This should be accompanied by a proposed bibliography | For capsules: A sample 250-word capsule review of a Christmas horror film and a proposed list of the 20 films to be covered for the book, in order of preference
3. Links to two recent pieces of writing online.
4. Please list any ways you would be able to aid in the book’s promotion. Also note whether you know of sources for any high-res images to accompany your chapter.

Complete and final manuscripts are due June 15, 2015. 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. You will be notified by email no later than December 15, 2015 about the status of your proposal. If selected, you will be sent a contract, and there will be monetary compensation for your writing in the form of a royalty percentage following publication.

Top image: taken from Alisdair Wood‘s ‘M.R. James’ series. Wood will be creating the cover and key illustrations for Yuletide Terror.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. 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 and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and 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). She recently co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.

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