Morbid Fascination (CFP)

I invite submissions to a book collection entitled Morbid Fascination: Dark Tourism in the American West.

Editor: Dr. Jennifer Dawes Adkison, Associate Professor of English, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas,<>


Places of death, suffering, and disaster compel our attention; they both intrigue and repel us. Morbid fascination draws tourists to sites as diverse as Pompeii, Auschwitz, and Chernobyl. A growing body of scholarship considers the impulse to visit these places of misfortune and catastrophe and, especially, the mediation and shaping of these sites into touristic destinations. Much of this work, however, has focused on places outside the geographical boundaries of the American West. This collection of essays aims to expand our understanding of Dark Tourism within the context of the West. I invite proposals exploring a range of Western Dark Tourism sites and topics.

Submission details: Proposals for submissions to this collection should include a title, contact information (email, phone, address, including preferred means of contact), and a 500-word abstract. Proposals are due via email to by February 15, 2016. I welcome queries and questions.

Dr. Jennifer Dawes Adkison
Associate Professor of English
Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy
Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street, Box 7673
Arkadelphia, AR 71999


CFP: Left in the West

Seeking 1-2 essays to complete Left in the West, a collection of critical essays I’m editing about the literary left in the American West.  I am explicitly seeking work that considers the literary/political left in relation to environmental justice/environmental literature. 300-word abstract and author biography due February 1; deadline for completed essays is April 1, 2017. Please send material or queries to

CFP: Race and Gender in the Weird Western

CFP: Race and Gender in the Weird Western (critical collection)

Editors:Kerry Fine, Arizona State University, Michael K. Johnson, University of Maine-Farmington, Rebecca M. Lush, California State University San Marcos, Sara. L. Spurgeon, Texas Tech University

This proposed anthology explores the genre category of the Weird Western–a hybrid genre form that mixes western themes, iconography, settings, or conventions with elements drawn from horror, fantasy, supernatural, or science fiction genres. The particular focus of the anthology will be a critical analysis of race and gender in the Weird Western. We are interested in submissions that explore either how the Weird Western challenges the representation of race and gender in the conventional Western or how the Weird Western can serve as a way to reinforce existing gender and racial paradigms in the Western. We are especially interested in contributions that consider the inclusion and representation of African American and Native American characters in the Weird Western. We are seeking contributions that consider the following possible topics (but the volume’s scope is not necessarily limited to only these):

  • Indigenous Futurism and the Western
  • Afrofuturism and the Western
  • The Queer West in the Weird Western
  • Race and the Weird Western
  • Gender and the Weird Western
  • Sexuality and the Weird Western
  • Weird Westerns by Native American authors
  • Latinx/Chicanx Futurism and the West
  • The Dark Tower (books and/or film)
  • etc

Please send proposals to by April 3, 2017. Proposals should be between 500-700 words. Those with accepted proposals will be expected to submit a full draft (6,000-8,000 words) in August 2017.