About

Hi!  I’m a part-time doctoral candidate in Film and Television Studies at the University of Birmingham studying folk horror on the British screen.

My research interests include:

  • British cinema and television, particularly the horror, science-fiction, telefantasy, thriller, exploitation, comedy and historical genres;

  • British ‘low culture’ on screen;

  • Horror on screen;

  • Topographies, hauntology and psychogeography on screen;

  • History, heritage and landscape on screen;

  • British national identity mediated through film;

  • Genre theory.

Education

BA History with Ancient History & Archaeology, 2.1, University of Birmingham, 2003.

PhD Film Studies, University of Birmingham, ongoing (due for submission 2023).

Other Publications

Articles:

Buried Traumas, Hellebore, Issue #5 The Unearthing Issue, 21.05.21, p29-35.

Diabolical Demarcations: Landscape and “anti-landscape” in The Blood on Satan’s Claw, Horror Homeroom – special issue #4, 16.04.21.

Monographs:

The Blood on Satan’s Claw, Liverpool University Press/Auteur Publishing (Devil’s Advocate range), February 2021.

Doctor Who: The Awakening, Obverse Books (Black Archive range #46), August 2020.

Conference papers:

Mind the Doors! Locating folk horror within the cinematic London Underground, Folk Horror in the 21st Century – Falmouth University conference, delivered September 2019.

Hesitation, repetition and deviation – The temporal nightmares and haunted landscapes of British television, After Fantastika – Lancaster University conference, delivered July 2018.

Web essays:

Sunlight and terror: Commemorating 50 years of The Blood on Satan’s Claw, Horrifiedmagazine.co.uk, 18.05.21.

A Ghost Story for Christmas: Stigma, Horrifiedmagazine.co.uk, 01.12.20.

Green Belt Gothic: Dead of Night, Horrifiedmagazine.co.uk, 14.11.20.

Sitting amongst your demons: Unbelonging and unforgetting in His House, Horrifiedmagazine.co.uk, 08.11.20.

Laughing & screaming: Comedy-horror and The House in Nightmare Park, Horrifiedmagazine.co.uk, 17.10.20.

Blog posts:

Reviving forgotten horrors: celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Blood on Satan’s Claw, Liverpool University Press Film Studies blog site, 29.04.21.

Projects

PhD thesis:  Sunlight and Terror: Mapping the characteristic contours of folk horror in British screen texts

Despite the popularity of folk horror over the past decade, it has been subject to little sustained academic interrogation. Most existing study has been written predominantly by fans and journalists in the form of survey and web-article. The premise for most current work has been predicated upon three key sources: a 2003 interview with The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) director Piers Haggard for Fangoria; the second episode of Mark Gatiss’ 2010 series A History of Horror; and the Folk Horror Chain theory proposed by Adam Scovell at the 2014 A Fiend in the Furrows conference and developed in his 2017 monograph Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange. While there has been some critiquing of these sources they have, for the most part, been limited, and the assertions they make continue to dominate discourse. These sources deserve further interrogation. They provide too a narrow definition of folk horror, one that privileges too restricted a field of texts, makes implicit judgements about style and form, marginalises television texts, excludes non-British traditions, and draws too little attention to the differences between folk horror texts defined in retrospect and those created consciously. My thesis will present a new framework for characterising folk horror that will move away from these narrow bases. It will be expressed metaphorically as a cartographic exercise, creating an alternative to the causal structure of the Folk Horror Chain to a more fluid framework that allows for equitable consideration across narrative and aesthetic elements, and film and television texts.

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