Returning to Kolchak: Polymediated Narrative, Discourse, and Supernatural Drama

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Scholars are paying a great deal of attention to the complexity of the stories being created for print, film, television, and the Web. In this essay, we expand on the concept of polymediated narrative complexity in contemporary storyworlds to explore how external discourses influence their legacies and interpretations. Our exploration of the relationship between complex narratives and the discourses in which they participate focuses on one television genre and starts with one television program: Kolchak: The Night Stalker. We argue that Kolchak remains an important and ever-evolving discursive fragment within the supernatural drama genre.

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