Do you ever feel as though…you’re being watched?
With the rise of closed-circuit television, social media, webcam hacking, Ring doorbells, livestreaming, and other technologies, privacy is well on its way to becoming a thing of the past. Some, like vloggers, influencers, and reality television stars, embrace the new visibility and actively seek out their 15 minutes of fame. Others become “internet-famous” through unhappy accident. No matter your stance on privacy, your image is no longer destined to slowly fade away, tucked into photo albums on closet shelves—instead, it will become an empty spectre forever haunting a digital tomb, long after you’ve been put to rest in a real one.
Grim‘s September 2022 issue will explore genre films, television programs, novels, comics, and video games featuring characters or plots that fall into the found-footage subgenre. We are looking for pitches touching on a range of topics, including surveillance, technology, networked connectivity, hauntology, privacy, reality television, exhibitionism, epistolary horror, supernatural and true crime found footage, and cryptid and unexplained aerial sightings, among others.
Possible films include but are not limited to Grave Encounters (2011); The Tunnel (2011); The Hoard (2018); Unfriended (2014); Lake Mungo (2008); Creep (2014); Spree (2020); Sinister (2012); Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018); Cloverfield (2008); Trollhunter (2010); The Visit (2015); V/H/S (2012); the Patterson–Gimlin film (1967); and Be My Cat: A Film For Anne (2015).
We also accept pitches for interviews, particularly with women involved with the creation of horror cinema and television (directors, editors, composers, costume designers, actors, sound designers, etc) and other horror content (authors, publishers, artists, YouTubers, journalists, academics, etc), as well as short fiction and poetry.
Personal essays are also highly encouraged.
If you have an analysis, interview, essay, story, poem, or listicle you’d like to pitch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org! We regret that we are unable to respond to all pitches.
PITCHES MUST INCLUDE:
- brief overview
- texts being covered
- estimated word count
- link to relevant writing samples if you’ve not written for Grim in the past
Pitches may be submitted until June 10th. The final draft deadline is July 10th.
As always, we want to hear from writers who identify as women, LGBT2QI+, BIPOC, and/or people with disabilities.
Stay spooky, loves!