Imagining the Impossible: International Journal for the Fantastic in Contemporary Media

About the Journal

This international and peer-reviewed journal is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the fantastic in today’s entertainment media. The journal is double blind peer-reviewed and 1-3 issues are published per year. 

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CFP for Vol. 1, 2 and 3. To be published Fall 2021 and Summer/Fall 2022

2020-12-17

This international, peer-reviewed journal is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the fantastic in today’s entertainment media. The aim is to offer new and cutting-edge theories in response to the field of the fantastic. The fantastic is widely understood as stories and genres that break with natural laws. We use the fantastic as a supergenre and an umbrella term for all genres that use fantastic elements - science fiction, horror, fantasy, supernatural and more. The focus is on fantastic fiction in entertainment media, including film, television, games, comic books, and animated films. Media forms such as haunted houses, theme parks, and online forums also fall within this scope. The journal aims to offer a forum for multiple theoretical approaches to the fantastic that respond to their diverse media forms. Approaches include: genre theory and aesthetic analysis; theories of world-building, design and production studies; transmedia developments; storytelling and narrative theory; and cognitive, biocultural and evolutionary theories. The journal is double blind peer-reviewed and will have 1-3 issues per year. Articles will be available online when they have been peer-reviewed and edited.

Read more about CFP for Vol. 1, 2 and 3. To be published Fall 2021 and Summer/Fall 2022