Exploring The Dark Shadows Mythos
A Call for Papers
On June 27 1966 American television audiences encountered a unique daytime gothic soap-opera called Dark Shadows. From the dream vision of a woman running on a beach, TV producer Dan Curtis and a dedicated team of writers and a stellar company of actors and actresses (many playing multiple roles in various time periods) created one of the most complex and pioneering liminal worlds for a television series which was focused on Collinwood – the great house on the hill and hosted ghosts, witches, vampires, werewolves and zombies.
In its over 1200 daily episodes, Dark Shadows drew from some of the greatest tropes of horror, fantasy and weird literature as well as related science-fiction themes especially time travel and the inter-dimensions of parallel time. The Dark Shadows mythos continues to be developed through movies, novels (including several written by original cast members such as Lara Parker), comic books, several other television reboots, games, fan fiction and most recently a continuing series of audio dramas.
In 2016 Dark Shadows will celebrate its 50th anniversary and in honour of this I would like to produce and [self] publish a volume of academic and reflective essays exploring the world of Dark Shadows. The broad topics these papers could explore are:
· The sources and literary tropes that were reimagined and repurposed for Dark Shadows story-lnes.
· Barnabas Collins' place in the development of the vampire in modern horror texts.
· The unique use of time-travel and parallel time in the narrative of Dark Shadows.
· The Mythos of Dark Shadows and the role of trans-medial world-building through various texts.
· The fan reception of Dark Shadows including the muli-generational interest in the show.
· The fan-fiction of Dark Shadows and what this has added to the Dark Shadows mythos.
These are just some ideas that can be explored in this volume.
Paper Abstracts should be submitted by 1 December 2015
Finished Papers by: 1 June 2016
Contact: Dr. Andrew Higgins