Introduction to albeit 1.1: Horror

For albeit’s inaugural issue, we invited submissions based on one word: horror. We asked, simply, when you hear the word horror are you more likely to think Heart of Darkness or The Walking DeadLet the Right One In or The Turn of the Screw? What is the place of classic or contemporary horror in pedagogy and scholarship?

More than a surface level discussion of that “intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust” found in between hope and hostage in the dictionary, we sought an academic discussion into the nooks and crannies and down the dark hallways of what makes horror so horrific and how we might explore that horror in the classroom in addition to on the virtual pages of our literary journal.

Coincidentally, our authors for this edition all wrote articles about works from the American and British traditions but chose to view horror through various lenses, including gender studies, queer theory, colonial studies, and that ever-elusive “reality.” Together the articles form an image of what horror in the college classroom can be: approachable, terrifying, enlightening, complicated, and fun. We hope you enjoy the first issue of albeit.