Edited by Professor Richard J. Hand (University of East Anglia) & Professor Mark O’Thomas (University of Greenwich)
We are seeking chapters that engage with the television series American Horror Story created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Over eight seasons since 2011, American Horror Story (AHS) has continued to push the boundaries of the televisual form in new and exciting ways. Emerging in a context which has seen a boom in popularity for horror series on television, AHS has distinguished itself from its ‘rivals’ such as The Walking Dead, Bates Motel or Penny Dreadful through its diverse strategies and storylines which have seen it explore archetypal narratives of horror culture as well as engaging with genuine history. Utilising a repertory company model for its casting, the show has challenged issues around contemporary politics, heteronormativity, violence on the screen, and disability to name but a few.
We invite potential contributors to send us an abstract of 300 words for a book chapter of approximately 5000 words. Although we welcome any relevant topic and critical approach to AHS, including aspects of cross-disciplinarity, all chapters are expected to engage with the academic discipline of Television Studies.