Welcome to the reviews section of Supernatural Studies.  All reviews are peer-reviewed and, in order to ensure timeliness and a wide audience, will be published online immediately, followed by publication in the next available print issue.  


We encourage submissions of reviews of media relevant to scholarly work on representations of the supernatural, the speculative, the uncanny, and the weird.  Reviews are considered for acceptance and published on a rolling basis. Submissions should be 700-1,000 words and should be sent to our Reviews Editor at as a Microsoft Word file.  International submissions should adhere to the conventions of U.S. English spelling, usage, and punctuation.

ISSN for online material: 2325-4866


Book reviews from next general print issue (forthcoming)

Petrocelli, Heather O. Queer for Fear: Horror Film and the Queer Spectator. University of Wales Press, 2023. Review by Pace Warfield. 

Book reviews from vol. 8, issue 2 

May, Whitney S. (ed.). Encountering Pennywise: Critical Perspectives on Stephen King’s IT. University of Mississippi Press, 2022. Review by Richard M. Magee.

Sweeney, David. The OA (Constellations: Studies in Science Fiction Film and TV), Auteur Publishing in partnership with Liverpool University Press, 2022. Review by Natalie Grove.

Book Reviews from vol. 8, issue 1

Foley O’Connor, Elizabeth. Pamela Colman Smith: Artist, Feminist, Mystic. Clemson University Press, 2021. Review by Jill O’Connor.

Harris McCormick, Lizzie, Jennifer Mitchell, and Rebecca Soares (eds). The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s. Routledge, 2019. Review by Elizabeth Foley O'Connor.

Hart, Adam Charles. Monstrous Forms: Moving Image Horror Across Media. Oxford University Press, 2020. Review by Geneveive Newman.

Morton, Lisa, and Leslie S. Klinger (eds.). Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers: 1852-1923. Pegasus Books, 2020.  Review by Rebecca Soares.

Olivier, Marc. Household Horror: Cinematic Fear and the Secret Life of Everyday Objects. Indiana University Press, 2020. Review by Zachary Sheldon.

Reider, Noriko Tsunoda. Mountain Witches: Yamauba. Utah State University Press, 2021. Review by Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Book Reviews from vol. 7, issue 2

Church, David. Post-Horror: Art, Genre and Cultural Elevation, Edinburgh University Press, 2021. Review by Miranda Corcoran.

Keetley, Dawn (ed.). Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Political Horror. Ohio State UP, 2020. Review by Craig Thomson. 

Montgomery, Maxine Lavon. The Postapocalyptic Black Female Imagination. Bloomsbury, 2021. Review by Sladja Blazan.

Thomas, Ebony Elizabeth. The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games. New York University Press, 2019. Review by Amy Cummins.

Towlson, Jon. Candyman, Auteur Publishing (Devil’s Advocates), 2018. Review by Morgan Payne.

Wilson, Natalie. Willful Monstrosity: Gender and Race in 21st-Century Horror. McFarland, 2020. Review by Whitney S. May.

Book reviews from vol. 7, issue 1

Bacon, Simon. Eco-Vampires: The Undead and the Environment. McFarland & Company, 2020.  Review by Annegret Märten. 

Bacon, Simon, and Leo Ruickbie (eds.). The Cultural Construction of Monstrous Children: Chapters on Anomalous Children from 1596 to the Present Day, Anthem Press, 2020. Review by Sean Ferrier-Watson. 

Balkin, Sarah. Spectral Characters: Genre and Materiality on the Modern Stage. University of Michigan Press, 2019. Review by Heather Kelley.

Bearden,  Elizabeth B. Monstrous Kinds: Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability. University of Michigan Press, 2019. Review by Emily Price. 

Franklin, J. Jeffrey. Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative Religions, and the Crisis of Faith in Victorian Britain. Cornell University Press, 2018. Review by Jongkeyong Kim.

Sutherland, Doris V. The Mummy. Auteur Publishing (Devil’s Advocates), 2019. Review by Thomas Wilson. 

Book reviews from vol. 6, issue 2 

Balanzategui, Jessica. The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema: Ghosts of Futurity at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. Amsterdam University Press, 2018. Review by Anna Mae Duane.

Daniel, Adam. Affective Intensities and Evolving Horror Forms: From Found Footage to Virtual Reality. Edinburgh UP, 2020. Review by Madelon Hoedt. 

Edwards, Justin D., and Johan Höglun (eds.). B-Movie Gothic: International Perspectives, Edinburgh UP, 2018. Review by Naomi Simone Borwein.

Gibson, Matthew, and Sabine Lenore Müller (eds.).  Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World. Clemson, UP, 2018. Review by Jeanette Laredo.

Roberts, Robin. Subversive Spirits: The Female Ghost in British and American Popular Culture. The UP of Mississippi, 2018. Review by Natalie Grove.

Schwabe, Claudia. Craving Supernatural Creatures: German Fairy-Tale Figures in American Pop Culture. Wayne State University Press, 2019. Review by David J. Puglia. 

Turnock, Bryan. Studying Horror Cinema, Auteur Publishing, 2019. Review by Cary Elza.

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to Composition: A Somewhat Cheeky but Exceedingly Useful Introduction to Academic Writing. Broadview Press, 2019.  Review by Aaron Pinnix.

Book reviews from vol. 6, issue 1

Owens, Rebekah. Macbeth. Auteur Publishing (Devil's Advocates), 2017. Review by Andrew Tumminia.

Grimm, Joshua. It Follows. Auteur Publishing (Devil's Advocates), 2018. Review by Alison Bainbridge.

Dixon, Wheeler Winston. The Films of Terence Fisher: Hammer Horror and Beyond. Auteur Publishing (Devil's Advocates), 2017. Review by John Gaffney.

Massaccesi, Cristina. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. Auteur Publishing (Devil's Advocates), 2016. Review by David Hansen.

Mitchell, Neil. Carrie. Auteur Publishing (Devil's Advocates) , 2013. Review by Kellye MacBride.

Brewster, Scott, and Luke Thurston's (eds.). The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story. Routledge, 2018.  Review by Aran Ruth.

Crişan, Marius-Mircea (ed.). Dracula: An International Perspective. Palgrave Gothic, 2017. Review by Deborah M. Fratz.

Book reviews from vol. 5, issue 2

Frost, Mark.  The Secret History of Twin Peaks. Flatiron Books, 2016. and Frost, Mark. Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier. Flatiron Books, 2017. Review by Johnny Truant. 

Almquist, Gregg, Tricia Brock, Robert Engels, Lise Friedman, and Harley Peyton. Welcome to Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the Town.  Pocket Books, 1991. Review by Andrew Burt.

Lynch, Jennifer. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer.  Pocket Books, 1990. Review by Ernesto Acosta Sandoval.

Frost, Mark. The List of Seven. William Morrow & Co., 1993. and Frost, Mark. The Six Messiahs. William Morrow & Co., 1995. Review by  Diana Heyne. 

Frost, Scott. The Autobiography of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes. Pocket Books, 1991. Review by Franck Boulègue. 

Frost, Mark. The Paladin Prophecy. Random House, 2012., Frost, Mark. Alliance. Random House, 2014. and Frost, Mark. Rogue. Random House, 2015. Review by Marisa C. Hayes. 

Davidson, Jane P. Early Modern Supernatural: The Dark Side of the European Culture, 1400-1700. Review by Timothy Bernard Walsh.

Smith, Jay M. Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast. Review by Todd Spaulding.

Miller, Cynthia J., and Bowdoin Van Riper, eds. Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier. Review by Murray Leeder.

Wilson, Leah, ed. A Taste of True Blood: the Fangbanger's Guide and George Dunn and Rebecca Housel, eds. True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You. Review by Alysa Hornick.

Redding, Arthur. Haints: American Ghosts, Millenial Passions, and Contemporary Gothic Fictions. Review by Christopher K. Coffman.

Killeen, Jarlath, ed. Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays. Review by Joy Bracewell.

Budge, Gavin. Romanticism, Medicine, and the Natural Supernatural. Review by Emma Butcher.

Elbert, Monika, and Bridget M. Marshall, eds. Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century. Review by Kevin Corstorphine.

Wynne, Catherine. Bram Stoker, Dracula, and the Victorian Gothic Stage. Review by Matthew Crofts.

Montillo, Roseanne. The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece. Review by Michelle Gifford.

O'Briain, Helen Conrad, and Julie Anne Stevens, eds. The Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Review by Janine Hatter.

Makala, Melissa Edmundson. Women's Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Review by Nicole Lobdell.

Gibson, Matthew. The Fantastic and European Gothic: History, Literature and the French Revolution. Review by Carol A. Senf.

Gimes, Hilary. The Late Victorian Gothic: Mental Science, the Uncanny and Scenes of Writing. Review by Victoria Samantha Dawson.

Book reviews from vol. 1, issue 1

McClelland, Clive. Ombra: Supernatural Music in the Eighteenth Century. Lexington Books, 2012. Review by Stephanie Pietros.