Slayage  10.2/11.1 [36-37], Fall 2013/Winter 2014

David Lavery and Rhonda V. Wilcox, Co-Editors



“We Are Not Who We Are”: Critical Reflections on The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Edited by Kristopher Woofter and Jasie Stokes



Kristopher Woofter (Dawson College/Concordia University) and Jasie Stokes (University of Louisville)

Once More into the Woods: An Introduction and Provocation

Erin Giannini (University of East Anglia)

“Charybdis Tested Well with Teens”: The Cabin in the Woods as Metafictional Critique of Corporate Media Producers and Audiences

Jerry Metz

What’s Your Fetish?: The Tortured Economics of Horror Simulacra in The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

A. P. Nelson (Montana State University)

Trick ‘R Treat (2007), The Cabin in the Woods and the Defense of Horror’s Subcultural Capital

Gerry Canavan (Marquette University)

“Something Nightmares Are From”: Metacommentary in Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods

L. Andrew Cooper (University of Louisville)

The Cabin in the Woods and the End of American Exceptionalism

Joe Lipsett (University of Newcastle, Australia)

“One for the Horror Fans” vs. ”An Insult to the Horror Genre”:  Negotiating Reading Strategies in IMDB Reviews of The Cabin in the Woods

Mike Starr (The University of Northampton)

Whedon’s Great Glass Elevator: Space, Liminality and Intertext in The Cabin in the Woods

Katherine A. Wagner (University of Louisville)

Haven't We Been Here Before?: The Cabin in the Woods, The Horror Genre, and Placelessness

Rick McDonald (Utah Valley University)

Sacred Violence and The Cabin in the Woods

Contributor Bios

Gerry Canavan is an assistant professor in the English department at Marquette University, teaching 20th and 21st century literature. His current research projects include Science Fiction and Totality and Modern Masters of Science Fiction: Octavia E. Butler, as well as co-editing The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction and Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction.

L. Andrew Cooper often sees genius where others see piles of gore. His scholarship on horror across media includes Gothic Realities (McFarland, 2010), Dario Argento (U of Illinois, 2012), and the co-edited textbook Monsters (Fountainhead, 2012). Those familiar with his academic work will find familiar themes in his novel Burning the Middle Ground (BlackWyrm, 2012).

Erin Giannini received her PhD in television studies from the University of East Anglia, and has written on new technology and product placement on American scripted television programs and their impact on a cultural, televisual, and economic level, as well as shifts in definitions of television programs brought about by new technology and new platforms. She has also published and presented work on religion, socioeconomics, technology, and corporate culture, and, if pressed, could probably name every Buffy episode in order, which only comes in useful for trivia games or combating boredom while waiting in line.

Joe Lipsett received his MA from Carleton University, where he taught occasionally on cult, dystopia, horror and superhero films. He intends to use his current PhD studies at University of Newcastle to revisit his love for Dollhouse—provided he doesn't run afoul of the Rossum corporation. In his spare time he writes and edits, a Film and TV blog he co-created, and consumes as much TV as he can.

Rick McDonald is a lifelong fan of horror who received a PhD in medieval literature in 1997. He loves all things medieval, appreciates post-structural theory, and avidly attends the Horror sections of the Popular Culture Association conference each year. He is a Full Professor at Utah Valley University, where he currently serves as Assistant-Chair for the English and Literature Department.

Jerry Metz, Jr., has a PhD in History (University of Maryland, College Park). By day, his research focus is contemporary Brazilian history and popular culture, and he has published on traditional and popular Brazilian music. His dissertation explores latter 20th century Brazilian carnival, analyzing the historical and regional shifts in just where and how the nation recognizes the definitive location of its “national” festival. But by night, he publishes and presents on horror cinema, including a forthcoming chapter on Brazil’s pioneering horror director/actor, Zé do Caixão (Coffin Joe). He currently works as a translator.

Andrew Patrick Nelson is Assistant Professor of Film History and Critical Studies at Montana State University. He is editor of Contemporary Westerns: Film and Television since 1990 (Scarecrow Press, forthcoming 2013) and has presented and published on a variety of topics in popular American cinema, including the horror film.

Michael Starr lecturers in media, popular culture and cultural theory at the University of Northampton. Specializing in science fiction and poststructuralist philosophy, his 2011 doctoral thesis explored the oeuvre of H.G. Wells in the light of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Recent research publications and conference papers include heterotopic space in the works of Joss Whedon, and philosophy and mortality in the science fiction series Battlestar Galactica. He co-edited a recent edition of the Intellect publishing journal ’Studies in Comics’, which focused on the works of Alan Moore, and has forthcoming publications concerning the construction of self in Dollhouse, virtual time in Caprica, and Splatterpunk fiction. He has also co-organized several international conferences at the University of Northampton, the most recent being “TV Fangdom: A Conference on Television Vampires” in June 2013.

Jasie Stokes received an MRes in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium at Birkbeck College, University of London and an MA in Comparative Studies from Brigham Young University. She is currently a PhD student in Humanities at the University of Louisville where she was awarded a University Fellowship. Her research interests are largely grounded in affective encounters with abjection, the uncanny, and the grotesque, which has led her on an interdisciplinary journey into fat studies, feminist history and theory, visual culture, autobiographical narratives, horror cinema, popular culture and media studies, and twentieth century art and literature. 

Katherine A. Wagner is a doctoral candidate in Humanities at the University of Louisville. Her interdisciplinary research interests include issues of culture, gender, identity, and place within the genres of horror, fantasy, and speculative fiction. In her dissertation, she argues that post-WWII American horror literature and film use placelessness to address cultural fears concerning globalization.  She has contributed to World Film Locations: Marseilles and World Film Locations: Prague.  She is the co-author of a chapter in a forthcoming edited collection on the role of place within young adult fantasy dystopian novels.  Katherine is also a published author of fiction under the name Katherine A. W. Troyer.

Kristopher Woofter is a doctoral candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, focusing on realist traditions in horror cinema, and a faculty member of the English department at Dawson College, both in Montréal, Québec. He has a chapter on The Cabin in the Woods in the forthcoming Reading Joss Whedon (Syracuse UP, 2014), and a recent article on Gothic discourse in documentary in the journal Textus (12.3, Fall 2013). Kristopher serves as secretary of the Whedon Studies Association, and as co-chair of the Horror Area of the PCA/ACA. He is a director of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in Montréal.