Announcements

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Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema (Fordham UP), the collection I edited together with Regina Hansen of Boston University, has been short-listed for a Bram Stoker Award in the "Superior Achievement in Long Non-Fiction" category from the Horror Writers Association. The winners will be announced in May of 2022--please keep your fingers crossed for us! The book received a wonderful review from Sister Rose Pacatte in the National Catholic Reporter!

My book introducing Neil Gaiman's novel Neverwhere is scheduled to be published in June of 2022. Click HERE for the Amazon listing.

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

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Current Projects

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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Neil Gaiman's

Neverwhere

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.

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.

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Gothic Disney:
Dark Shadows in the House of Mouse

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

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

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