Announcements

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I'm happy to announce that my book introducing Neil Gaiman's novel Neverwhere has been published by Palgrave. Click HERE for the Amazon listing. I will also be serving as the general editor for the six-volume Bloomsbury Cultural History of Monsters project.

Two forthcoming book projects: Gothic Things: Dark Enchantment and Anthropocene Anxiety will be published by Fordham University Press in the spring of 2022 and Monstrous Things: Essays on Ghosts, Vampires, and Things That Go Bump in the Night will be out soon from McFarland.

Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema (Fordham UP), the collection I edited together with Regina Hansen of Boston University, was a finalist for a 2021 Bram Stoker Award in the "Superior Achievement in Long Non-Fiction" category from the Horror Writers Association. The book also received a wonderful review from Sister Rose Pacatte in the National Catholic Reporter!

I am both excited and anxious to return to a face-to-face conference! I'm scheduled to give a paper for the Poe Studies Association on Poe's "The Lighthouse" at the 2023 MLA convention in San Francisco, where I will also be moderating the MLA Gothic Studies Forum's "Gothic Now: Gothic Forms" roundtable.  Fingers crossed!​

In December of 2021, I was a guest on the Monster Talk podcast. You can listen here.

And on the DJ front, I collaborated with the Cold Transmission Records label this summer to create a mix featuring their artists.  You can listen HERE.

Current Projects

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Gothic Things
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Gothic Melville

Much has been made of the twenty-first century "non-human turn"--a contemporary paradigm that, as Richard Grusin characterizes it, "decenter[s] the human in favor of a turn toward and concern for the nonhuman." My argument in this study will be that this has always been the thematic and affective terrain of the Gothic, a genre organized around human anxiety concerning the uncanny animacy of the non-human. This book will explore the ways in which the Gothic makes things--material objects--central and enacts a non-human turn avant la lettre.

Edited together with Monika Elbert, this collection of scholarly essays will consider the Gothic elements of Herman Melville's prose and poetry.

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The Routledge Introduction to the American Ghost Story

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Monstrous Things: Selected Essays on Ghosts, Vampires & Things That Go Bump in the Night

Co-authored with Scott Brewster, this study explores the American ghost story as a specific genre or mode, one that cannot be relegated to a subcategory of the American Gothic. It will examine the formal and thematic characteristics of the ghost story in the United States, and will trace its historical development from Puritan and Enlightenment origins to its high point in the nineteenth century and continued vibrancy in modern literary and visual culture.

A forthcoming collection of essays taken from far-flung places!

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Gothic Disney:
Dark Shadows in the House of Mouse
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The Cambridge Introduction to Speculative Literature: Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror

Edited together with Lorna Piatti-Farnell, this collection will explore Disney's dark side.

I will be authoring this textbook for Cambridge University Press. This is most assuredly not the cover for it!