A Long Year’s Dreaming: April Progress Report


I’m doing my best to finish off my book A Long Year’s Dreaming: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in 2020 despite having a good deal of writing on my plate between the Hugos, the Splatterpunk Awards and my German vampire literature column at WWAC. Looking at the list below, the length of the WIP portion is a little alarming — but the good news is that I’ve already made pretty good progress on most of them. I hope to have two finished by the end of the month, for a start.

Completed articles:

  • Bang in the Coffin: Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s Dracula
  • Copter Crash: Isabel Fall and the Transgender SF Controversy
  • Prophets of Doom: Did these Authors Predict COVID-19?
  • The Last Laugh: Animated Films Before the Pandemic
  • Coronaphobia: Horror Films in Lockdown
  • 2020 A.D.: Reviving the British Anthology Comic
  • Broken Futures: Iron Man 2020
  • Investing in the Gods: Jiang Ziya and the Fengshen Cinematic Universe
  • Wit, Weirdness and Warped Ethics: Megan Giddings’ Lakewood
  • Cannibal Women, Laughing Lords and Ownvoices Iconoclasm
  • First Lady: Lilith as Icon of 2020
  • Out with the Old and into the Sun: The 2020 Hugo Awards
  • Dragons and Death Cults: The 2020 Dragon Awards
  • For Better or Worse, the Film of the Year: Tenet
  • Huns, Rouran and Uyghurs: Mulan goes to Xianjiang
  • Untitled Last Emperox Essay
  • Aquaman’s Architect: Robson Rocha in Memoriam

Work-in-progress articles:

  • The Year We Had No Heroes, Except for This Lot: Superhero Films in 2020
  • Red Brains: Zombies in 2020
  • Blue Veins: Vampires in 2020
  • MAGA 2020 and Begone: The Strange World of Trumpist SF
  • Ghosts of Christmas Present
  • Franchised Fears: The Year’s Horror Reboots
  • Hill House: DC Horror Comics Post-Vertigo
  • Cyborg und Hausmartian: Remixing Fairy Tales
  • Could be Worse: Dystopian Fiction
  • Dragons, Demons and Anime Adventures
  • Untitled essay about children’s literary adaptations
  • Untitled essay about apocalyptic films
  • Viral Stories: COVID-19 Fiction Anthologies
  • Untitled The City We Became essay
  • From Smashing the Klan to Killing Jimmy Olsen: The Superman Family in 2020
  • Untitled Doctor Who Essay
  • Scary Christmas: Festive Horror Fiction
  • Untitled Ghost-Spider Essay
  • Untitled Dorohedoro/BNA essay
  • The Onscreen Apocalypses of 2020
  • Untitled essay on prestige animated features
  • Do Black Lives Matter to a Green Lantern? Far Sector
  • Untitled essay on haunted houses and stuff
  • Untitled Only Good Indians/Night of the Mannequins essay
  • Untitled Hugo novella essay
  • Some sort of Harrow the Ninth/Lady Astronaut/Murderbot joint-review
  • Untitled literary superhero essay

Articles I’m still considering:

  • Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick review
  • Invisible Kingdom review
  • More Marvel superhero stuff
  • I Am Not Starfire review
  • Something splatterpunk-related
  • A Deadly Education review
  • Ministry For the Future review
  • Lovecraft Country essay
  • Big Girl essay
  • Space Force essay
  • Something Star Wars-related
  • Palm Springs review
  • Eurovision essay
  • Something about short-form animation
  • Essay on Ethiopian SF/F
  • Something bout Bill and Ted Face the Music that may or may not also cover Ready Player Two
  • Fangs review
  • Night of the Kings review
  • Nine Days review
  • The Old Guard review
  • Possessor review
  • The Vast of Night review

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