Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A New Journal: Fastitocalon

I understand the first issue of the new academic journal Fastitocalon is just out (though I haven't got my contributor copy yet).  Articles are in English, though it's published in Germany, and edited by Thomas Honegger (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) and Fanfan Chen (National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan).  I have a column in it, "Notes on Neglected Fantasists."  Those authors covered in my first installment include: Elinore Blaisdel (1902-1994), George Blink (1796-1874), Oscar Cook (1888-1952),Alan Miller (fl. 1920s-1940s), Francis C. Prevot (1887-1967), and Ernst Raupach (1784-1852). Herein it is revealed for the first time in English that the famous vampire story "Wake Not the Dead!", which is often attributed to Ludwig Tieck and considered an important pre-Polidori vampire story, is in fact by someone else, and its first publication occurred in its original German three years after Polidori's 1819 watershed tale "The Vampyre".  Tolkienists will be pleased to note the contribution to this issue by Amy Amendt-Raduege, "Better Off Dead:  The Lesson of the Ringwraiths".  A table of contents, and various information about the journal, can be found at the publisher's website.

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