The Fantastika Remit

“Fantastika” – a term appropriated from a range of Slavonic languages by John Clute – embraces the genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, but can also include Alternate History, Gothic, Steampunk, Young Adult Dystopic Fiction, or any other radically imaginative narrative space.


Our Vision

The goal of Fantastika Journal and its annual conference is to bring together academics and independent researchers who share an interest in this diverse range of fields with the aim of opening up new dialogues, productive controversies and collaborations. We invite articles and reviews examining all mediums and disciplines which concern the Fantastika genres. By moving away from divisions – between genres categories, geographical locations, or temporal moments – we can focus on common themes and concerns and better foster relations between scholars who have shared interests.


The journal is open-access and any related events (conferences and digital symposiums) are free as well in order to encourage accessibility from people of all economic and educational backgrounds. We follow a model of post-critique that focuses on empathy, collaboration, and community.

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Current Editors

Co-Head Editors: C. Palmer-Patel and Kerry Dodd

Reviews Editor: Ruth-Anne Walbank

General Editors: Molly Cobb, Matt Elder, Chris Hussey, and Ciarán Kavanagh

Design Editor: Samuel Valentine

Guest Editors / Event Organisers

If you are interested in guest editing or organising a Fantastika special edition or event, please email Dr. Charul ("Chuckie") Palmer-Patel and Dr. Kerry Dodd at with your CV. Be sure to include in your email the topic/pitch, a brief overview of your editing or organisational experiences, and your interest in Fantastika.

Note that all Fantastika publications and events must be free/open-access.

If you are interested in guest editing/organising with a colleague, please send one email including the details of all parties. Be sure to CC them into the email so that we may have contact details.

Note that we are currently seeking guest editor(s) for a special issue in LGBTQIA+ FANTASTIKA graphic novels. The special issue will follow the digital symposium and may expand to outside of the graphic medium. See "upcoming events" for details of the symposium.