CFP: Paranormal Mysteries (Clues: A Journal of Detection)

CFP: Paranormal Mysteries (Clues: A Journal of Detection)
Guest editor: A. B. Emrys (University of Nebraska–Kearney)
Submission deadline: December 29, 2011

Published biannually by McFarland & Co., the peer-reviewed Clues: A Journal of Detection features academic articles on all aspects of mystery and detective material in print, television, and film without limit to period or country covered. It also reviews nonfiction mystery works (biographies, reference works, and the like) and materials applicable to classroom use (such as films). Victorian subjects welcome.


Paranormal mysteries often feature the usual suspects (ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and so forth) but also branch into the gothic, spirituality (as in Tony Hillerman’s skinwalkers, Michael Gruber’s shaman trilogy), and other magic realism, as well as biochemical transformation (as in the Relic series) and a wide variety of mystery hybrids with horror and dark fantasy. For this theme issue of Clues, potential contributors are urged to think outside the normal boxes. Thematic analysis might include (but is not limited to):

• the paranormal as red herring (explained away by the end, as in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles)
• minority culture treated as paranormal (as in depictions of voodoo as horror) in mystery texts
• whether horror/dark fantasy in general requires detection
• the paranormal dialogue with subcategories of mystery: clue-puzzle/hard-boiled/noir/ private eye/spy/police procedural/etc.
• paranormal romance in relation to romantic suspense
• the mystery ingredients most affected by paranormal hybridity
• women characters as detectives and/or monsters and/or victims in paranormal mysteries
• international adaptations of British horror classics
• film/TV adaptations of paranormal mysteries
• use and/or overuse of providence and other supernatural means for mystery resolution
• the dialogue between literary and popular gothic texts
• stage adaptations of paranormal detection
• paranormal mysteries as reading tools/pedagogical resources

Submissions should include a 50-word abstract and 4-5 keywords, and be between 15 and 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 3,300 to 6,000 words) in Microsoft Word with minimal formatting. Manuscripts should follow the MLA Style Manual (3rd ed., 2008), including parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized list of Works Cited. Please confirm that manuscripts have been submitted solely to Clues.

Submit manuscripts by email to: Dr. Janice Allan, Executive Editor, Clues: A Journal of Detection,

Direct questions to: Elizabeth Foxwell, Managing Editor, Clues,

Visit the Clues Web site at, where there is also a CFP for a special issue on Hitchcock and Adaptation (Proposals for submissions due January 1st 2012). Clues also welcomes articles outside of the posted CFPs; author guidelines are available at the link.


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