The Monster Theory Reader has been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award! The winner will be announced in November. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!
Pop Culture For Beginners is now listed on Broadview Press's website and requests for examination copies can be submitted. It is scheduled for publication in October of 2021, so will be available for spring 2022 course adoption.
Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema from Fordham University Press will also be out in the fall of 2021. And Now For Something Completely Different: Critical Approaches to Monty Python is currently available from Edinburgh University Press.
In the works: I've agreed to serve as general editor for the six-volume Bloomsbury Cultural History of Monsters series. More about this soon...
My YouTube presence is up 200% In February of 2021, I opened up the PopMec "50 Shades of Gothic" conference series. You can watch the interview with me here.
On the music front, I created a one-hour DJ mix for the FiXT recording label of some of the bands on their roster, which they've now released. Included are Celldweller, Circle of Dust, The Anix, Comaduster, and Signal Void, among others. Click here to listen.
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.
The Routledge Introduction to the American Ghost Story
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.
Dark Shadows in the House of Mouse
Edited together with Monika Elbert, this collection of scholarly essays will consider the Gothic elements of Herman Melville's prose and poetry.
This book project will be a contribution to Palgrave's Science Fiction and Fantasy: A New Canon series. It will introduce the work, contextualize it in relation to the field of speculative literature, and consider the major issues raised by the work. In particular, it will consider the novel as a contribution to the fantasy genre, address the way fantasy is used as a form of social critique, and explore the process of transmedial adaptation.
Edited together with Lorna Piatti-Farnell, this collection will explore Disney's dark side.