Call for Papers


This thematic call for papers centres on questions and topics regarding the intersections of literary tourism and dark tourism. Literary tourism refers to travelling to literary places, i.e., places where writers have been, lived, worked and/or written about or been inspired. Dark tourism is an umbrella term for any form of tourism that is somehow related to death, suffering, atrocity, tragedy or crime. 

Thus, when the motivation to visit a dark tourist attraction derives from reading a novel or an interest in the writer’s biography, that constitutes dark literary touring. The blend of these two tourism niches is dark literary tourism. 

Dark literary tourism is a particularly interesting tourism typology since it mixes two different types of tourism, which have on their core the tourists' emotional connection with the site, either due to fictional stories or linked to real tragedies. This way, dark literary tourism provides new narrative accounts to destinations to widen their image and attract new visitors in a growing fragmented cultural tourism context. Nevertheless, strategies to develop dark literary tourism and provide such experiences could be complex given its intangible literary root and the variety of relationships between literature and dark topics. In this sense, there is a need to explore the different types of dark literary tourism and how to generate a dark literary tourism offer. That is so because it could potentially add more layers to destinations' tourism offers to cope with tourists' interests and redistribute tourism activity over the territory. Moreover, literary stories based on true events also reinterpret or illustrate real-life tragedies. Thus, this way, literary tourism products based on true dark facts should cope with ethical issues to avoid banalization. In this sense, dark literary tourism should also integrate critical moral thought to reflect on the blurred pairing between leisure and respectful behaviour.

As such, this issue welcomes manuscripts that critically discuss these intersections, namely, cases of dark literary places and reflect on how these two niches of cultural and heritage tourism are linked, grasping their meaning and their mutual influence. 

We take this opportunity to remind you that the call for off-topic manuscripts is permanently open throughout the year.


Possible topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Horror fiction and tourism
  • Crime fiction and tourism
  • Gothic fiction and tourism
  • Holocaust fiction and tourism
  • Dark literary tours and products
  • Dark literary places
  • Comparative and historical perspectives of dark literary tourism cases
  • Life, writing and dark tourism
  • Critical reflections on dark literary tourism
  • Dark literary tourism marketing and destination image
  • Dark literary tourists
  • Motivations, preferences, and behaviour of dark literary tourists
  • Dark literary tourism and sustainability
  • Ethical issues on dark literary tourism


Submissions through the journal’s website:


Submissions must comply with the Journal’s guidelines


All manuscripts will be refereed. 


Important dates: 

Submission by 31 Octubre 2022

Publication by 30 December 2022


Prospective contributors should email all inquiries to the issue editors: Jordi Arcos-Pumarola ( and Rita Baleiro (