By Donna McCormack
A residue of Halloween lingers as the Monster Network circulates its most recent news that 2016 will include its first international conference. Halloween brings to the fore the repetitive return to our daily lives of the monstrous, the deadly, the horrific and the downright comic. Such festivities cross national boundaries, build on distinct and yet overlapping traditions, and tap into the ever-expanding arms of economic profiteering from plastic accessories and non-recyclable costumes. Yet for the Monster Network this monstrous event was momentous in launching our new website, which already contains the amazing artwork of Tove Kjellmark, and the call for papers for our first international conference.
As with any subject that requires intense, focused enquiry, we may ask: why monsters, why now, and where is monster studies going? Continue reading