Independent researcher, PhD dropout, reluctant autobiographer (that’s why all this is so brusque).

I prefer playing games to making them, making games to studying them, and chatting about them at the expense of all else.


  • PGCE (DTLLS) – University of Plymouth, 2009

  • MA English & American Studies – University of Manchester, 2008

  • BA English & Creative and Professional Writing – University of Wolverhampton, 2007

Other Publications

  • ‘The evolving genre of the Vampire RPGs’, in the Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic (ed. Clive Bloom). Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

  • Reviews: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Life Is Strange: Before The Storm in Vector, Best of 2017 special (British Science Fiction Association)

  • ‘The Conqueror Worm: Eddison, Modernism, and the War to End All Wars’, in Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I (ed. Janet Brennan Croft). Mythopoeic Press: 2014.

  • Review: ‘Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North’, Mythlore 34.1

  • Review: ‘The Riddles of The Hobbit‘, Mythlore 32.2


Currently working on:

  • ‘Gamifying Fictions of Defeat’ (paper for Studies on Gothic Fiction, special Lovecraft edition)

  • ‘Sticky, Crunchy, Fluffy, Slippery: a model for dissonance and harmony in tabletop RPGs’ (with Dr. Lucy Baker, Griffith University)



  • International Gothic Association

  • San Jenaro Co-Op


  • Green Party of England and Wales

  • Mythopoeic Society

  • National Association for the Teaching of English

  • National Association of Schoolmasters / Union of Women Teachers

  • Universities and Colleges Union

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