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Beyond Borderlands is a forum for the artistic and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird.


About the Journal

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Beyond Borderlands:
A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult

ISSN 2292-8367

[NOTE: As of our third issue (Issue 2) Beyond Borderlands will be going on hiatus for approximately two years as we reimagine our project. Our social media feeds will continue to be updated, and we still intend on hosing events around Toronto.] 

Beyond Borderlands is an open access journal and a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Within our pages we hope to foster a conversation between more traditional scholarly approaches, contemporary practitioners, and artists and writers exploring these themes. Furthermore, we seek to create a shared space for these divergent approaches, without compromising the methodological integrity or free creativity appropriate to each.

Here you can expect to find posts and links to articles, sites, resources, and events of potential interest to the Borderlands community. As submissions come in and are accepted and finalized, we will also be posting these to the site, with the exception of our academic articles, which will be subject to a process of double-blind peer review. Biannually, in January and July, we will collect the content from our website along with the academic articles that we have accepted into a full issue of the journal, available on the website as well as in PDF format for downloading or viewing on portable readers.

Beyond Borderlands is published in Canada by an interdisciplinary team composed of independent professionals and students and alumni of York University and the University of King's College. The journal 
will be published biannually in electronic form until such a time as it can attract the following to sustain printed editions and enough submissions to become a quarterly.

You can see our social media here:


Beyond Borderlands Board of Advisers:

Dr. Jenny Butler, Folklore and Ethnology, University College Cork

Dr. Nancy Caciola, History, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Peter W. Edge, School of Law, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Isabella van Elferen, Department of Music, Kingston University London

Dr. Helen Farley, Australian Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland 

Dr. Kyle Fraser, History of Science and Technology, University of King’s College

Dr. Jay Johnston, Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney

Dr. David Pecotic, Independent Scholar 

Dr. Adam Possamai, Religion and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney

Beyond Borderlands Staff

B.D. Mitchell

Copyeditor: Jessie Hale

Assistant Editor: Jacqueline Valencia

Proofreaders: Ivy Berlin, Sarah Larock, Louise McDonald, and Jacqueline Valencia, Dani Pacey

Website Developer: Mark Noseworthy

Graphic and Website Designers: Laura McCutchan and Justin Minister

Layout Editor: Rejeanne De Jong

Academic Editor: B.D. Mitchell

Consultants: Scott Bohaker, Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris

B.D. Mitchell

B.D. Mitchell was born on a Canadian military base in occupied Germany during the Cold War. At the age of four he and his family moved to rural Nova Scotia, where they remained for the rest of his formative years. He is currently completing his PhD in Science and Technology Studies at York University. His dissertation is on the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his interest in the physiology of the will. This greatly informed Nietzsche's reformulation of contemporary notions of genius, which culminated in the idea of the Übermensch. B.D. Mitchell is also interested in the relationship between science, literature, the occult, and the paranormal in the nineteenth century.

Under the nom de plume "Edmund Siderius" he writes poetry and short works of fiction.

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Jessie Hale 

Jessie Hale is a project manager and freelance editor specializing in academic non-fiction. She copyedits Shameless Magazine, a feminist publication aimed at young girls and trans youth, and runs Marginalia Editorial and Creative Services. She likes to read maudlin Canadian novels and watch baseball.


Dani Pacey

Dani is the mysterious figure standing in the back who copyedits Beyond Borderlands and offers feedback on the general running of things. She is a former academic who now works for a textbook publisher.

Justin Minister

Justin Minister works as a designer/production artist at a point-of-purchase display company, but he does a fair amount of freelance work creating flyers for events from live music to dance workshops. He also writes music and plays guitar for the gothic rock band Amy’s Arms and the horror-punk outfit Cadillacs & Cadavers.


Laura McCutchan

Laura McCutchan plays a full-time web designer by day and has many roles to keep her busy by night. She is a DJ, the editor of the online magazine Morbid Outlook, the director of the tribal belly dance troupe The Serpentina North Ensemble, and the producer of the period-themed Salon Noir parties. When not working like a maniac or travelling, she's probably passed out surrounded by her gang of cats or wasting time on Facebook. Laura has both her BFA and MFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City.


Rejeanne De Jong

Rejeanne is going into the third year of her Visual Arts degree at York University and is specializing in drawing. She also has experience with printmaking (intaglio and lithography), graphic design, sculpture, and photography. Her work has been featured in York University showcases as well as in the student publication Incendies. In addition, her photography has been displayed as part of the Toronto Contact Festival. She is most inspired by artists who create otherwordly creatures and places; some of her favorites include Zdzislaw Beksinski, Gustave Dore, and Eiko Ishioka. She is also inspired by the work of directors such as Guillermo Del Toro, Terry Gilliam, and Stanley Kubrick. She is currently working on a series of paintings and drawings depicting twisted, cartoonish characters, which she hopes to be finished this summer.

Lindsey Fitzharris

Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris received her PhD in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford in 2009, and is currently a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the creator and author of the popular website The Chirurgeon's Apprentice, which received the Cliopatria Award for Best Individual Blog in 2010 from the American Historical Association. She has written for The Guardian, New Scientist, History Today, and The Lancet, and is the producer and creator of the television documentary Medicine's Dark Secrets.