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Becoming transhuman: exploring the adaptation of the body for war and conquest in the Black Library’s Horus Heresy series.

“So he made us, demi-gods, to stand beside him… The mere fact of me frightens me sometimes.” (Abnett, Horus Rising, p134-135) Over the past 30 years, Games Workshop’s iconic ‘Warhammer 40,000’ setting has centred around a key narrative conflict set in the 31st millennium: the era known as the Horus Heresy, involving two sides of …

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Laughing at the Horror: Horror Films and the ‘Failed Carnival’

Carnival laughter is a significant feature of American horror films from the late 1970s onward which is often overlooked. In this paper I address this critical gap by developing the concept of ‘failed carnival’. The failed carnival takes elements from Mikhail Bakhtin’s idea of festive laughter and Linda Hutcheon’s theories on parody, elaborating them through …

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‘I Never Drink… Wine’ – Negotiating Consumption in Children’s Vampire Media

Long established as a relocation of sexual intercourse, the bloody feeding of the vampire is obviously its most iconic and embodied behaviour. How then do the authors and directors of the ever-popular children’s vampire story negotiate the clear inappropriateness of such consumption? Examining a range of recent television and film texts, such as Count Duckula, …

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You Are What They Eat: Anthropophagy in Alien Invasion Films of the 1980s

Following the release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), science fiction narratives focused on alien visitors to Earth become more popular and prolific than they had been since the 1950s. Invasion films experienced a particular resurgence, with many films borrowing their basic narratives from the science fiction films …

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Undressing the Ghost: Embodying Bereavement Trauma in Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris

As in many ghost stories, the spectres which haunt Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel Solaris are birthed from trauma and loss. However, unlike traditionally non-corporeal spectres, the visitors that haunt Solaris possess a frightening physicality; a physicality closely tied to the workings of trauma theory. As such, this paper argues that these figuresare physical embodiments …

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Are robot-assisted surgeons using the Da Vinci Surgical System “Cyborgs”?

Through dissolving human-machine boundaries, the ‘cyborg’ challenges traditional conceptions of embodiment. Thus, identifying a singular conception of what it means to be human may become increasingly impossible within a contemporary, cyborg-infused reality. The term cyborg has been appropriated within a mixture of utopian and dystopian accounts to describe various hybrid bodies; Haraway’s (1991) visions of …