The Fifth Annual Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2021


The Ann Radcliffe Conference presentations for 2021 have been recorded and will be available on-demand as noted in the list below. There will also be live Q&A sessions with the presenters. Please watch the presentations then join in for the discussion. ALL TIMES ARE GIVEN IN EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST). Please adjust accordingly and check the schedule in Hopin, which will adjust for your time zone.

Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference Q&A Session 1May 21, 1 p.m. ESTPresenters: Mashaela Farris, Rhonda Garcia, Farah Rose Smith, Kevin Wetmore, and L. Marie Wood
Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference Q&A Session 2May 21, 2 p.m. ESTPresenters: Khara Lucancic, Karley Pardue, Brenda Tolian, and Alex Story
Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference Q&A Session 3May 21, 3 p.m. ESTPresenters: Michele Brittany, J. Rocky Colavito, Nicholas Diak, and T.J. Tranchell


The following recorded presentations for the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference are available on-demand in the Expo and Authors section of StokerCon 2021 on Hopin. Use the “Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference” tag to filter for these programs.

Bathing Beauty: Violence and Vulnerability in the Showers of HorrorPresented by: Karley Pardue
A comparative study of a wide variety of horror films and the shower scenes within them.
Blood, Milk & TeethPresented by: Brenda Tolian
This presentation will explore the roles of women as subjects and creators within the genre of horror.
Disability, Estrangement, and Reframing the Othered Woman in H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich HorrorPresented by: Farah Rose Smith
Portrayals of disabled women in horror literature in the past can better serve the inclusion of disabled female characters in the future.
Exploring the Cycles of Mummies in Al Feldstein’s Comic, “The Mummy’s Curse”Presented by: Michele Brittany
Exploring the Cycles of Mummies in Al Feldstein’s Comic, “The Mummy’s Curse”
The Great American Horror NovelPresented by: TJ Tranchell
From Weiland in 1798 to The Haunting of Hill House and The Only Good Indians, we will look at the criteria for the traditional Great American Novel.
It’s [Still] Alive! Alive!Presented by: Michael Torregrossa
An examination of recent adaptations of Frankenstein in the comics.
Midsommar and the Competing Social Geographies of AgeingPresented by: Khara Lukancic
A discussion about how Aster’s film uses ageing and cultural expectations of death as the motor for its horror.
Not Your Typical Mammy: The Subversion of the Mammy Trope in Horror Portrayals of Black MotherhoodPresented by: Rhonda Garcia
An examination of the construction of and insights into the social and political influences that shape the enactment of Black motherhood.
Real Vampires: The Reflection of Otherness in the Bloody MirrorPresented by: L. Marie Wood
We will investigate the plight of real vampires and how they relate to the concept of otherness.
A Revelation in American Horror Film: Intergenerational Traumas and Transmissibility in Ari Aster’s HereditaryPresented by: Alex Story
Discussion of the film and how it terrifies the audience and portrays intergenerational trauma.
Strange Realities: Twilight Zone-sploitation in Encounter with the UnknownPresented by: Nicholas Diak
Examine the instances that the 1970s horror anthology film, Encounter of the Unknown, leverages elements of The Twilight Zone in an exploitation film fashion.
“That so wicked mouth”: Rabies, Nymphomania, and the Monstrous New Woman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.Presented by: Mashaela  Farris
This presentation addresses the influence of nymphomania and rabies in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Vicious (Re) Cycles: Nostalgia, Appropriation, and the Emergence of Throwback HorrorPresented by: J. Rocky  Colavito
This presentations examines the phenomena of “Throw Back Horror” with attention afforded to rhetorical, practical, and affectual dimensions of this movement.
Why Is This Possession Different Than All Other Possessions?: Jewish Exorcism FilmsPresented by: Kevin  Wetmore
Analysis of two Hollywood films, The Unborn (2009) and The Possession (2012), to present a Jewish version of possession/exorcism films.

Conference Dates: Thursday, May 20, 2021 – Sunday, May 23, 20201

Conference Website:

The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference co-chairs invite all interested scholars, academics, and non-fiction writers to submit presentation abstracts related to horror studies for consideration to be presented at the fifth annual StokerCon, which will be held May 20 – 23, 2021 in Denver, CO. 

The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference is an opportunity for individuals to present on completed research or work-in-progress horror studies projects that continue the dialogue of academic analysis of the horror genre.  As in prior years, we are looking for completed research or work-in-progress projects that can be presented to with the intent to expand the scholarship on various facets of horror that proliferates in: 

  • Art
  • Cinema
  • Comics
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Etc.

We invite papers that take an interdisciplinary approach to their subject matter and can apply a variety of lenses and frameworks, such as, but not limited to:

  • Auteur theory
  • Close textual analysis
  • Comparative analysis
  • Cultural and ethnic
  • Fandom and fan studies
  • Film studies
  • Folklore
  • Gender/LGBT studies
  • Historic analysis
  • Interpretations
  • Linguistic
  • Literature studies
  • Media and communications
  • Media Sociology
  • Modernity/Postmodernity
  • Mythological 
  • Psychological
  • Racial studies
  • Semiotics 
  • Theoretical (Adorno, Barthes, Baudrillard, Dyer, Gerbner, etc.)
  • Transmedia
  • And others

Conference Details

  • Please send a 250 – 300 word abstract on your intended topic, a preliminary bibliography, and your CV to [email protected] by November 30, 2020. Responses will be emailed out during the month of December. Final acceptances will require proof of StokerCon registration.
  • Presentation time consideration: 15 minute maximum to allow for a Question and Answer period. Limit of one presentation at the conference. 
  • There are no honorariums for presenters. 
  • In support of HWA’s Diverse Works Inclusion Committee goals, the Ann Radcliffe Academic co-chairs encourage the widest possible diverse representation to apply and present their scholarship in a safe and supportive environment. More information at:
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Organizing Co-Chairs

Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak

Email: [email protected]

The Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference is part of the Horror Writers Association’s Outreach Program. Created in 2016 by Michele Brittany and Nicholas Diak, the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference has been a venue for horror scholars to present their work. The conference has also been the genesis of the Horror Writer Association’s first academic release, Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modern: Critical Essays, comprised entirely of AnnRadCon presenters and was released by McFarland in February, 2020.

Membership to the Horror Writers Association is not required to submit or present, however registration to StokerCon 2021 is required for to be accepted and to present. StokerCon registration can be obtained by going to There is no additional registration or fees for the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference outside StokerCon registration. If interested in applying to the Horror Writer’s Association as an academic member, please see .

StokerCon is the annual convention hosted by the Horror Writers Association wherein the Bram Stoker Awards® for superior achievement in horror writing are awarded.