For scholars interested in the study of horror in any time period and across genres. To put it more plainly, horror in all forms: canonical literature and film; horror magazine stories, paperback bestsellers, and B-movies; comics and urban legends; video games and creepypasta; and anything else that aims to scare!
This paper considers the use of Boym’s formulations of reflective and restorative nostalgia as a productive lens for viewing the tensions within folk horror texts and their appeals. Considering folk horror texts such as The Wicker Man, Midsommar and The Living and the Dead, the paper will demonstrate that Boym’s two conceptions help to draw out…[Read more]
This paper examines the responses to the 1954 BBC adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four, as held by the BBC Written Archives Centre, in the light of the British Horror Comics campaign of the mid-1950s.
Invited research presentation given at the University of Reading, 8 October 2015.
It has become a standard approach when considering screen presentations that incorporate the country house to examine them in the light of Andrew Higson’s formulation of the heritage drama, which presented an essentially conservative, depoliticised spectacle of grandeur, safely distanced from the reality of the majority of viewers. However, the c…[Read more]
Today’s academia is obsessed about writing and speaking gobbledygook. It has little time in sitting still and actually reading fiction, poetry and say, Wittgenstein. One pretends to say fancy things about these authors but one does not actually read books anymore. COVID 19 Lockdown prompted this author to answer queries from students and peers…[Read more]
Eric Sirota started the topic Streaming version of Off-Broadway musical based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the discussion Horror on Humanities Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
My musical based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has been playing Off-Broadway in NYC for over 2-1/2 years (up until the pause caused by the health crisis). It has had a great deal of interest from college and high school classes studying the novel, with groups attending the performances.
Even before covid, we had…[Read more]
While there has been a growing acknowledgement of the existence of earlier examples of television science fiction, the typical history of the genre still privileges Nigel Kneale’s The Quatermass Experiment (1953) as foundational. This was a significant production, and an effective piece of television drama, but it was not the first piece of B…[Read more]
Each Christmas during his tenure as Provost of King’s College, Cambridge, M.R.James would take part in a ritual celebration of Christmas with students and colleagues which invariably culminated with the reading of a ghost story. This tradition drew on a long tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas that can be traced back through the l…[Read more]
There is a long tradition in the UK, in England in particular, of the Christmas ghost story. The most famous is probably Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, but close behind are the ghost stories of M.R.James. James wrote many of his stories as Christmas entertainments, but this link was reinforced in the 1970s w…[Read more]
This paper focuses on UK and US traditions of seasonal horror at Christmas and Halloween to consider how they provide opportunities for reflection on the causes of fear at liminal times in the calendar. These liminal times contain numerous traditions dedicated to looking back and forward, such as end of year reviews, or addresses from heads of…[Read more]
Bill Hughes deposited In the Company of Wolves: Wolves, Werewolves, and Wild Children, ed. Sam George & Bill Hughes – Book Launch and Film Screening, 29 February 2020, Odyssey Cinema, St Albans, UK in the group Horror on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
You are cordially invited to a special event to celebrate ten years of the Open Graves, Open Minds project and to launch our new book In the Company of Wolves: Werewolves, Wolves and Wild Children.
In the Company of Wolves presents further research from the Open Graves, Open Minds Project. It connects together innovative research from a variety…[Read more]
This essay explores the ecoGothic resonances of Tales of the Black Freighter, a dark
pirate tale embedded within Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986-87
postmodern DC graphic novel. By providing a grim prism for themes such as nuclear
paranoia, the monstrous transformation of the self, and the horrifying possibilities of
This is the syllabus I’ve designed for my Fall 2019 undergraduate-level Introduction to Film course. I focused the course as a genre study of American horror films. I want my students to be able to consider the socio-political contexts of popular films and to detect and explain the arguments and worldviews produced by film.
From the 2007 remake of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games to Adam Robitel’s Escape Room (2019), the survival game has become a recurring sub-genre of American horror cinema in the last twenty years; however, its haunting presence has yet to be fully analyzed.
The American survival game horror film is uniquely able to render neoliberal con…[Read more]
This conference paper explores ghost signs: the faded adverts for brands, organisations and services that we see inked or carved on walls or above shops. I discuss: 1. the liminality of ghosts and ghosts signs – and the ways we materially engage with them 2. how they flex time and, in doing so, gift us an organisational warning 3. and how, as m…[Read more]
Eric Sirota started the topic Frankenstein (musical) Off-Broadway, Still plating in the discussion Horror on Humanities Commons 2 years, 2 months ago
My musical, FRANKENSTEIN, based on Mary Shelley’s novel, is still playing Off-Broadway, having been extended again through its 2nd complete year!
It now plays on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM, at St. Luke’s Theatre (W. 46 & 8th Ave.)
(contact me for discount code!)
A data representation of every incident of sexual violence in American Horror Story, Murder House through Hotel. Broken into 22 metrics, part of an ongoing mapping project. Covers victims/assailant count, genders of both, on screen/off screen representations, nonhuman entities, fatalities, and more.
This paper will explore the use of the English landscape as a source of sublime horror, particularly through a shift in perception from idyllic to ominous. Where Peter Hutchings has indicated the importance of the ‘uncanny landscape’ as a fairly stable location for wrestling with modernity, this chapter will investigate those moments of slippage…[Read more]
A central element of the core folk horror texts (The Wicker Man (1973), Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971), Witchfinder General (1968)) is the idea of rural communities as retaining pre-Christian practices and beliefs. When uncovered by a modern outsider who is returning to the countryside, these revelations disrupt their world view. Folk horror texts d…[Read more]
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