Hidden Horror Histories: Creativity in the Horror Genre

Affiliated with the BAFTSS Horror Studies Special Interest Group, Hidden Horror Histories is a new series to be published by Auteur/Liverpool University Press focusing on creative individuals in horror screen media throughout the genre’s history. The series places particular emphasis on the contributions of horror creatives which have not been covered extensively in scholarship to date.

There has been some scattered scholarship focused on key creatives within the horror media industry, such as individual chapters on horror film performers, screenwriters and music composers in broader edited collections, and work on producers who have been seen to have made exceptional creative contributions to horror film cycles. Hidden Horror Histories aims to build and expand substantially upon this smattering of work, and to consider this creativity in the context of a variety of developments in the horror screen industries.

Possible book topics could include (but are not limited to): key horror directors, stars, actors, composers/sound designers, screenwriters, video game designers, special effects and make-up artists, costume designers, production designers, cinematographers, producers or editors. Books for the series can be monographs or edited collections.

A key aim of the series is to commission and publish scholarly work which explores creativity in relation to identity and intersectionality and how they relate to the shifting structures and opportunities of the industry. As such, the series particularly welcomes studies of under-represented groups in horror studies – so for example Black creatives in horror, women horror producers, queer genre filmmakers, or horror production practices in nations and diaspora currently under-researched in horror studies.

In line with the objectives of the BAFTSS Horror Studies SIG, the series aims for an inclusive approach to scholarship which is responsive to the dynamic, evolving nature of the field. This includes encouraging proposals from emerging early career researchers or independent scholars, interested scholars from outside the discipline, academic practitioners, collaborative ventures, and scholars from under-represented or marginalised groups.

If you are interested in contributing to Hidden Horror Histories, in the first instance please contact series editors Kate Egan (kate.egan@northumbria.ac.uk), Shellie McMurdo (s.mcmurdo2@herts.ac.uk) and Laura Mee (l.mee2@herts.ac.uk) for initial discussion of your ideas.


Series Editors:
Kate Egan, Northumbria University
Shellie McMurdo, University of Hertfordshire
Laura Mee, University of Hertfordshire

Editorial Board:
Katarzyna Ancuta, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
David Church, Indiana University, US
Robyn Citizen, Senior Manager, Festival Programming, Toronto International Film Festival
Lindsey Decker, Independent Scholar, US
Nia Edwards-Behi, Co-director, Abertoir Horror Festival, Wales
Darren Elliott-Smith, University of Stirling
Lindsay Hallam, University of East London
Matt Hills, University of Huddersfield
Ekky Imanjaya, Binus University, Indonesia
Steve Jones, Northumbria University
Alexia Kannas, RMIT University, Australia
Tanya Krzywinska, Falmouth University
Sonia Lupher, University of Pittsburgh, US, and Founder & Editor: Cut-Throat Women
Ernest Mathijs, University of British Columbia, Canada
Donna McRae, Deakin University, Australia
Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Manchester Metropolitan University and BAFTSS Chair
Alison Peirse, University of Leeds
Iain Robert Smith, Kings College London
Gustavo Subero Borjas, Imperial College London
Helen Wheatley, University of Warwick