Mark Jancovich, Managing Editor

Mark JancovichMark Jancovich is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of several books: Horror (Batsford, 1992); The Cultural Politics of the New Criticism (CUP, 1993); Rational Fears: American Horror in the 1950s (MUP, 1996); and The Place of the Audience: Cultural Geographies of Film Consumption (with Lucy Faire and Sarah Stubbings, BFI, 2003). He is also the editor several collections: Approaches to Popular Film (with Joanne Hollows, MUP, 1995); The Film Studies Reader (with Joanne Hollows and Peter Hutchings, Arnold/OUP, 2000); Horror, The Film Reader (Routledge, 2001); Quality Popular Television: Cult TV, the Industry and Fans (with James Lyons, BFI, 2003); Defining Cult Movies: The Cultural Politics of Oppositional Taste (with Antonio Lazaro-Reboll, Julian Stringer and Andrew Willis, MUP, 2003); Film Histories: An Introduction and Reader (with Paul Grainge and Sharon Monteith, EUP, 2006); Film and Comic Books (with Ian Gordon and Matthew P. McAllister, University Press of Mississippi, 2007); and The Shifting Definitions of Genre: Essays on Labeling Films, Television Shows and Media (with Lincoln Geraghty, McFarland, 2008). He was also the founder of Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies; is series editor (with Eric Schaefer) of the MUP book series, Inside Popular Film; and is series editor (with Charles Acland) of the Berg book series, Film Genres. After over a decade researching the history of horror in the 1940s, he is now working on horror in the 1960s.


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Linnie Blake

Linnie BlakeLinnie Blake is Principal Lecturer in Film in the Department of English at MMU and Head of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. Her work on literary, filmic and televisual texts ranges across genres, national cultures and historical periods. She has published widely on topics as various as seventeenth century Puritanism and zombie apocalypticism, Edgar Allan Poe and the Situationist International, Hillbilly Horror and Post 9/11 Republicanism, Japanese and Thai horror cinema and the contemporary Gothic box set. She is the author of The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity(Manchester: MUP, 2008) and currently has a monograph and an edited collections in press: Free Market Fantasies: Television Gothic and the Neoliberal World (University of Wales Press, 2016), and International Gothic in the Neo-Liberal Age. Ed. Linnie Blake & Agniezska Soltysik Monnet (MUP International Gothic Series). Her most recent book is Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon. Ed. Linnie Blake and Xavier Aldana Reyes (IB Tauris, 2015).


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Michael Lee

Michael Lee teaches courses on 20th-century music history, American music history, film music and film studies at the University of Oklahoma. He also leads the University of Oklahoma's Improvisation Ensemble. His research projects to date concern Georges Auric and the Ballets Russes, American experimental music and the music of film composer Roy Webb. He and faculty colleague Armand Ambrosini collaborated on a textbook, Introduction to Western Concert Music.

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Bernice Murphy

Bernice M. Murphy iis  Lecturer in Popular Literature in the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin. She has published extensively on topics related to horror and gothic fiction and film. Her books include the edited collection Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary Legacy (2005), The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2009), The Rural Gothic: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness (Palgrave, 2013), The Highway Horror Film (Palgrave Pivot, 2014) and (edited, with Elizabeth McCarthy), Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic. She has also published two books on contemporary popular literature. She is the co-founder/former co-editor of the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and is a founding member of the Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS). She is currently writing a book about the depiction of California landscape, history and culture in horror and gothic narratives. 

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Gary Rhodes

Gary RhodesGary D. Rhodes currently serves as Postgraduate Director for Film Studies at The Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Lugosi (McFarland, 1997), White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film (McFarland, 2002), and The Perils of Moviegoing in America (Continuum, 2012), as well as the editor of such anthologies as Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row (Lexington, 2008) and The Films of Joseph H. Lewis (Wayne State University, 2012). Rhodes is also the writer-director of such documentary films as Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) and Banned in Oklahoma (2004). Currently he is at work on a history of the American horror film to 1915 and a biography of William Fox.

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Dale Townshend

Dale TownshendDale Townshend is Professor ofGothic Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University. His most recent publications in the field of Gothic studies include The Gothic World (with Glennis Byron, Routledge 2014); Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (with Angela Wright, Cambridge University Press, 2014); and Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination (British Library, 2014).  From June 2015—December 2016, he will be working on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Writing Britain’s Ruins, 1700—1850: The Architectural Imagination’. 

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Horror Studies Advisory Board

Katarzyna Ancuta, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Drew Beard, Portland State University, USA

Fred Botting, Kingston University, UK

Steven Bruhm, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Stefano Cracolici, Durham University, UK

Ellis Hanson, Cornell University, USA

Kelly Hurley, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Tanya Krzywinska, Falmouth University, UK

Alison Peirse, University of Salford, UK

Thy Phu, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Robert Singer, Graduate Centre/CUNY, USA

Phillip Sipiora, University of South Florida, USA

Isabella Van Elferen, Kingston University, UK