Volume, 2 Issue 1

(Spring 2015)

Special Issue: Television and the Supernatural

Guest editor: Marisa C. Hayes

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Cover image: “Tv after Tv” by Rhys Jordan Taylor (license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

Introduction, by Marisa C. Hayes (7-10)

Supernatural Potentialities and Household Technologies: Communication Devices Gone Wild in Tales of Tomorrow and The Twilight Zone, by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart (11-21)

Ghostwatch: Supernatural and Technological Presence in Early 1990s Britain, by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (22-33)

Wandering Wesen: Immigration as Adaptation in Grimm, by Angela Tenga (34-46)

"Three days of the month I'm not much fun to be around either": Werewolves and the Gendered Body in Buffy, True Blood, and Grimm, by Rachael Johnstone (47-61)

Ghosts in the Machine: Fringe Bodies, by Lisa K. Perdigao (62-74)

Writing the Winchesters: Embodies Inscriptions and the Bleeding Text(s) of Supernatural, by Najwa Al-Tabaa and Katherine Shaeffer (75-88)

Television Series Review Essays (89-116)

The Twilight Zone, rev. by Guillaume Lecomte.

Dark Shadows, rev. by Drew Beard.

Tales from the Dark Side, rev. by Drew Beard.

Twin Peaks, rev. by Franck Boulégue.

The X-Files, rev. by Angela Bayout.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, rev. by Andrew Howe.

Charmed, rev. by Laura Lott.

Lost, rev. by Kristine Larsen.

Being Human (UK), rev. by Laura Lott.

True Blood, rev. by Shara Clark.

The Walking Dead, rev. by M. Lee Brown.

American Horror Story, rev. by Shara Clark.

The Returned (Les Revenants), rev. by Emeline Morin.


Najwa H. Al-Tabaa is a doctoral student in English at The University of Florida. Her current research focuses on historical fiction after 9/11 and the development of the “terror decade.” Additionally, her research interests include 20th/21st Century Studies, American Literature, American Studies, War Literature, Trauma Studies, Comics and Visual Rhetoric, Popular Culture, Science Fiction and Utopian Studies. She is the Managing Editor for ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Studies Comics Journal at the University of Florida.

Kylo-Patrick R. Hart is chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at Texas Christian University, where he teaches courses in film and television history, theory, and criticism; film screenwriting; popular culture; and queer media studies. He is the author or editor of several books about media, including The AIDS Movie: Representing a Pandemic in Film and Television, Film and Sexual Politics, Film and Television Stardom, Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki, and Queer Males in Contemporary Cinema: Becoming Visible. Prior to joining the TCU faculty, Dr. Hart established and served as chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where he received the honor of being selected the first-ever recipient of the PSU Award for Distinguished Scholarship.

Marisa C. Hayes (guest editor) has authored multiple texts on film, television, and dance history. Her research explores the intersections between moving images, the performing arts, and literature; which has led her to examine topics as diverse as the role of the body in Japanese horror cinema, film editing as a choreographic practice, and architectural ruins in Romantic era ballet. She recently co-edited Intellect Press’ book Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks and contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies. Based in France, Marisa is the founding director of the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy and its annual screendance conference. She currently serves as a member of the European Cultural Parliament and enjoys lecturing as a guest professor at universities and other institutions across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She writes and researches extensively about film and bodies, and is the author of ‘Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study’ (2011), ‘Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality’ (2014), and is currently writing a monograph about Dario Argento’s film Suspiria (1976).

Rachael Johnstone is an assistant professor at the Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) where she teaches courses in both gender studies and political studies. Her research focuses primarily on reproductive rights and the regulation of the pregnant body in politics. She also writes on constructions of the gendered body in science fiction and fantasy.

Lisa K. Perdigao has a Ph. D. from Northeastern University, and she is currently Associate Professor of English at the Florida Institute of Technology. She is the author of From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation: Dead Bodies in Twentieth-Century American Fiction (Ashgate 2010) and is co-editor, with Mark Pizzato, of Death in American Texts and Performances: Corpses, Ghosts, and the Reanimated Dead (Ashgate 2010). She has published articles and essays on Adrienne Rich’s poetry, Toni Morrison’s fiction and prose, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Caribbean women’s writing, children’s and adolescent literature, Florida studies, and Joss Whedon’s television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse. She has articles and essays forthcoming on Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity, Tim Burton’s Big Fish, L. J. Smith’s and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm, FOX’s Glee, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and Jorie Graham’s poetry. She teaches courses in American and British literature, children’s and adolescent literature, cultural studies, film, and television.

Katherine Shaeffer is a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Florida, where she studies Medieval/Renaissance literature, popular culture, and comics. She is the current Production Editor for ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.

Angela Tenga is an assistant professor at Florida Institute of Technology and a former president of the Florida College English Association. Her classes at Florida Tech focus on literature, popular culture, and history, while her research interests include fictional representations of the monstrous, the fictional construction of criminality, and early English literature. Her recent essay, “Vampire Gentlemen and Zombie Beasts: A Rendering of True Monstrosity” (co-author: Elizabeth Zimmerman), appeared in Gothic Studies, the journal of the International Gothic Studies Association, and her “Gabriel Knight: A Twentieth-Century Chivalric Romance Hero” is featured in Digital Gaming Re-imagines the Middle Ages (Routledge, 2013).

*These notes appear on pages 117-188 of the print issue.