I am currently a Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Humanities at Concord University in Athens, WV.

My main focus of study is William Blake; however, I have recently been focusing more on pop culture, particularly Hannibal Lecter.

I have taught a wide variety of classes, including world literature in translation, British Literature (anything from the 17th C on), literary theory, medicine and literature, the anti-hero, and H.P. Lovecraft.


PhD The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2001

MA The University of Rochester, 1993

BA Hollins College, 1992


 “The Disturbing Appeal of Pennywise” Book chapter in The Many Lives of It: Essays on the Stephen King Horror Franchise. Ed. Ron Riekki; Publisher: McFarland. 2020. ISBN: 9781476680187 
Thomas Harris and William Blake: Allusions in the Hannibal Lecter Novels; McFarland 2013

“Ripped from Complacency: Violence and Feminist Moments in Blake”; chapter in Sexy Blake Eds. Helen Bruder and Tristanne Connelly; Palgrave 2013

“The Silence of the Lamb and the Tyger: Harris using Blake to Discuss Good and Evil”; chapter in Blake, Modernity, and Popular Culture Eds. Steve Clark and Jason Whittaker; Palgrave 2007


I am currently working on a book (under contract with McFarland) about the tv show show Hannibal. Manuscript is due Feb. 2021



Blake Society


Michelle Leigh Gompf

Profile picture of Michelle Leigh Gompf


active 1 day, 12 hours ago