The Feminine Mystique Redux
SVLLY(wood) magazine is gearing up for a month of mayhem and mischief
with the first official issue, The Feminine Mystique Redux, focusing on
how women navigate the genre of horror, specifically through the prism of
neurosis. SVLLY(wood) is a new magazine prioritizing nurturing a new
cinephilia and a subversive space for writers outside of the white cis-het film
criticism landscape. Get familiar with us by checking out our first bulletin,
Sunset on Leo Season, for
a print copy!
The Feminine Mystique Redux aims to reimage the centuries old stigma of
hysteria that has statistically overrepresented women AS WELL AS update
the surprisingly dated blueprint of feminist horror film criticism for the 21
300 word pitches are being accepted at
pitch: The Feminine Mystique Redux
along with two (2) writing
samples. Please outline your potential piece and how it ties into the issue.
Deadline to pitch is
last call for submissions
will be on Friday 09/30/2016
. Everyone is free to submit regardless of prior
bylines, but we’re emphasizing women and queer writers. The Feminine
Mystique Redux will be released end of October/early November.
Topics to consider pitching
• How does religion manifest in horror?
Possession, supernatural occurrences, and the virgin sacrifice being
• Queerness in horror
The good, the bad, and the ugly, we want to hear your take on the
treatment of the LGBTQ community in this genre of moviemaking.
• Genres galore
Gothic horror, Giallo, teen slasher, paranormal, monster movies, cult
Publish an original, unreleased short story or poem
(300 words or
Call for Writers
Alongside the mental health centerpiece The Feminine Mystique Redux
will also be highlighting horror women creatives and witches through the
• Mini essay on second wave socialist-feminist organization, W.I.T.C.H
better known as Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from
Freaky Face Horror Kweens
is a three part commissioned art piece on
the iconic horror stars: Mia Farrow, Shelley Duvall, and Sissy Spacek.
If you’re interested in writing three mini retrospectives on these
women please pitch!
Things to Read in preparation
• Offscreen Vol. 18 Gender in Horror Part
• House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of
Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films by Kier-La Janisse
The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and English Culture
• Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film by Carol J. Clover
• Men, Women, and Chainsaws by Carol J. Clover
The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis by Barbra
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curated film syllabus
on the upcoming issue on YouTube!