I’m currently a fixed-term assistant professor in American studies at the University of Graz in Austria and the managing editor of JAAAS: The Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies. Most of my research centers on horror & the Gothic.


Edited Collections
(with Jeff Thoss) Intermedia Games–Games Inter Media: Video Games and Intermediality. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.
(with Stefan L. Brandt) Animals on American Television. Special Issue of the European Journal of American Studies vol. 13, no. 1 (2018).
(with Stefan L. Brandt) Space Oddities: Difference and Identity in the American City. Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2018.
(with Michael Phillips and Klaus Rieser) ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2013.
(with Maria-Theresia Holub) Placing America: American Culture and Its Spaces. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2013.
(with Petra Eckhard and Walter W. Hölbling) Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory. Vienna: LIT Verlag.

Journal Articles
“‘Is this really all they had to worry about?’ Past, Present, and Future Hauntings in The Last of Us.” Arbeiten aus Anglistik & Amerikanistik vol. 44, no. 1 (2019): 67-82.
“Transgression – Identification – Interaction: Blu-Ray Bonus Features and Supernatural‘s Cult Status.” The Journal of Popular Television vol. 6, no. 3 (2018): 303-322.
(with Vanessa Erat and Stefan Rabitsch) “Playing Serial Imperialists: The Failed Promises of BioWare’s Video Game Adventures.” The Journal of Popular Culture vol. 51, no. 6 (2018): 1476-1499.
“Looking through the Beast’s Eyes? The Dialectics of Seeing the Monster and Being Seen by the Monster in Shark Horror Movies.” Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration vol. 3, no. 2 (2018): 3-15.
(with Michael Phillips) “‘It’s only cannibalism if we’re equals’: Carnivorous Consumption and Liminality in Hannibal.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video vol. 35, no. 6 (2018): 614-629.
(with Stefan L. Brandt) “Animals on American Television: Introduction to the Special Issue.” European Journal of American Studies vol. 13, no. 1 (2018).
“All Teeth and Claws: Constructing Bears as Man-Eating Monsters in Television Documentaries.” European Journal of American Studies vol. 13, no. 1 (2018).
“Mark of the Auteur: Mark of the Devil‘s Blu-Ray Release and the Cult of Authorship.” Cine-Excess no. 3 (2017): 131-148.
“When Dinosaurs Rules the Earth? Digital Animals, Simulation, and the Return of ‘Real Nature’ in the Jurassic Park Movies.” On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture no. 2 (2016).
“Cooking with Hannibal: Food, Liminality, and Monstrosity in Hannibal.European Journal of American Culture vol. 34, no. 2 (2015): 97-112.
“The Great Arsenal of Democracy: Uncle Sam and American Exceptionalism at the End of the American Century.” Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik vol. 39, no. 1 (2014): 43-69.
“‘It’s like Groundhog Day‘: Remediation, Trauma, and Quantum Physics in Time Loop Narratives on Recent American Television.” GRAAT On-Line: A Journal of Anglophone Studies no. 15 (2014): 93-113.
“‘A Horror Story That Came True’: Metalepsis and the Horrors of Ontological Uncertainty in Alan Wake.” Monsters & the Monstrous vol. 3, no. 1 (2013): 95-107.
“Hauntings: Uncanny Doubling in Alan Wake and Supernatural.” Textus: English Studies in Italy vol. 25, no. 3 (2012): 63-74.

Book Chapters
“‘I can’t believe this is happening!’ Bear Horror, the Species Divide, and the Canadian Fight for Survival in a Time of Climate Change.” In Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: Bridging the Solitudes, ed. Amy J. Ransom and Dominick Grave (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 257-273.
(with Michael Phillips) “‘Don’t Call Me Ash!’ Success, the Bruce Campbell Way.” In The Many Lives of The Evil Dead: Essays on the Cult Film Franchise, ed. Ron Riekki and Jeffrey A. Sartain (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2019), pp. 94-109.
(with Jeff Thoss) “Intermedia Games–Games Inter Media: An Introduction.” In Intermedia Games–Games Inter Media: Video Games and Intermediality, ed. Michael Fuchs and Jeff Thoss (New York: Bloomsbury, 2019), pp. 1-11.
(with Stefan Rabitsch) “The Birth of the SF Franchise.” In The Cambridge History of Science Fiction, ed. Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 481-501.
“‘What if nature were trying to get back at us?’ Animals as Agents of Nature’s Revenge in Horror Cinema.” In American Revenge Narratives: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Kyle Wiggins (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 177-206.
“‘Two distinct worlds’? Maintaining and Transgressing the Boundaries of the HumAnimal in Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon.” In Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, ed. Dawn Keetley and Matthew Wynn Sivils (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 206-220.
(with Stefan L. Brandt) “Space Oddities and American Cities.” In Space Oddities: Difference and Identity in the American City, ed. Stefan L. Brandt and Michael Fuchs (Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2018), pp. 9-25.
“Of Roaches, Rats, and Man: Pest Species and Naturecultures in New York Horror Movies.” In Space Oddities: Difference and Identity in the American City, ed. Stefan L. Brandt and Michael Fuchs (Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2018), pp. 179-200.
“Monstrous Writing–Writing Monsters: Authoring Manuscripts, Ontological Horror, and Human Agency.” In Terrifying Texts: Essays on Books of Good and Evil in Horror Cinema, ed. Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018), pp. 11-22.
“It’s a Monster Mash! Pastiche, Time, and the Return of the Victorian Age in Penny Dreadful.” In Horror Television in the Age of Consumption: Binging on Fear, ed. Kimberly Jackson and Linda Belau (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 148-160.
BioShock Infinite and Against the Day as Intermedia Twins: Exploring the American National Project.” In Beyond the Sea: Navigating Bioshock, ed. Felan Parker and Jessica Aldred (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018), pp. 294-319.
“Becoming-Shark? Jaws Unleashed, the Animal Avatar and Popular Culture’s Eco-Politics.” In Beasts of the Deep: Sea Creatures and Popular Culture, ed. John Hackett and Seán Harrington (East Barnet: John Libbey, 2018), pp. 173-184.
“Playing Good Cop … or Bad Cop? Exploring Hyperreal Urban Spaces in L.A. Noire.” In A Dark California: Essays on Dystopian Depictions in Popular Culture, ed. Katarzyna Nowak-McNeice and Agata Zarzycka (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017), pp. 37-49.
“‘Is it beautiful? Or is it ugly?’ The Noir Tradition, Urban Affect, and the Monstrosity of Los Angeles in The Wizard of Gore.” In Urban Noir: New York and Los Angeles in Shadow and Light, ed. Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), pp. 143-154.
“Entirely Outside the Cultural? Das Monster als Brücke zwischen Natur und Kultur im US-amerikanischen Tierhorror.” In Kult-Horrorfilme, ed. Jörg Helbig, Angela Fabris, and Arno Rußegger (Marburg: Schüren, 2017), pp. 141-157.
“A Different Kind of Monster: Uncanny Media and Alan Wake‘s Textual Monstrosity.” In Contemporary Research on Intertextuality in Video Games, ed. Christophe Duret & Christian-Marie Pons (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2016), pp. 39-53.
“‘I know everything that’s going to happen’: Supernatural‘s Self-Reflexive Compulsion to Repeat (with a Difference).” In The Gothic Tradition in Supernatural: Essays on the Television Series, ed. Melissa Edmundson (Jefferson, NC: McFarland) 2016), pp. 63-74.
(with Michael Phillips) “Part of Our Cultural History: Fan-Creator Relationships, Restoration, and Appropriation.” In A Galaxy Here and Now: Historical and Cultural Readings of Star Wars, ed. Peter W. Lee (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016), pp. 208-237.
“Woody Allen and the Absurdity of Human Existence: Origin, Legacy, and Human Agency in God and Mighty Aphrodite.” In Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen, ed. Klara Stephanie Szlezák & Dianah E. Wynter (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 100-117.
“‘They are a fact of life out here’: The Ecocritical Subtexts of Three Early-Twenty-First-Century Aussie Animal Horror Movies.” In Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism, ed. Katarina Gregersdotter, Nicklas Hållén, and Johan Höglund (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 37-57.
“‘Three hundred channels and nothing’s on’: Metaleptic Genre-Mixing in Supernatural.” In Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity: New Connections, New Perspectives, ed. Bianca Mitu, Silvia Branea, and Valentina Marinescu (Hanover: ibidem-Verlag, 2014), pp. 35-48.
(with Michael Phillips) “LeBron James and the Web of Discourse: Iconic Sports Figures and Semantic Struggles.” In ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity, ed. Michael Fuchs, Michael Phillips, and Klaus Rieser (Bristol: Intellect Books, 2013), pp. 65-92.
“‘My name is Alan Wake. I’m a writer.’: Crafting Narrative Complexity in the Age of Transmedia Storytelling.” In Game On, Hollywood! Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema, ed. Gretchen Papazian & Joseph Michael Sommers (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013), pp. 144-155.
“The Black Hole at the Heart of America? Family, Spatiality, and the Black Hallway in House of Leaves.” In Placing America: American Culture and Its Spaces, ed. Michael Fuchs & Maria-Theresia Holub (Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2013), pp. 103-125.
“Evolution, Chaos und/oder Turn(s) im Horrorfilm: Natur- und formalwissenschaftliche Modelle im kulturwissenschaftlichen Diskurs.” In Kategorien zwischen Denkform, Analysewerkzeug und historischem Diskurs, ed. Elisabeth Fritz, Nils Kasper, Stefan Köchel, and Rita Rieger (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012), pp. 177-193.
“Of Blitzkriege and Hardcore BDSM: Revisiting Nazi Sexploitation Camps.” In Nazisploitation: The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Film and Culture, ed. Elizabeth Bridges, Kristin T. Vander Lugt, and Daniel H. Magilow (New York: Continuum, 2012), pp. 279-294.
“Play it Again, Sam … and Dean: Temporality and Meta-Textuality in Supernatural.” In Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming, ed. Melissa Ames (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012), pp. 82-94.
“Starring Porn: Metareference in Straight Pornographic Feature Films.” In The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media: Forms, Functions, Attempts at Explanation, ed. Katharina Bantleon, Jeff Thoss, and Werner Wolf (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 379-413.
“Trapped in TV Land: Encountering the Hyperreal in Supernatural.” In Simulation in Media and Culture: Believing the Hype, ed. Robin DeRosa (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011), pp. 47-55.
(with Walter W. Hölbling) “The Structurality of Poststructure.” In Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory, ed. Petra Eckhard, Michael Fuchs, and Walter W. Hölbling (Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2010), pp. 23-27.
“A Horrific Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Simulacra, Simulations, and Postmodern Horror.” In Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory, ed. Petra Eckhard, Michael Fuchs, and Walter W. Hölbling (Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2010), pp. 71-90.
“Allegories of Playing: Spatial Practice in Computer Games.” In Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory, ed. Petra Eckhard, Michael Fuchs, and Walter W. Hölbling (Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2010), pp. 99-111.


my main projects right now are:

  • a monograph on American urban spaces in horror films

  • a monograph on the aesthetics of contemporary television horror

  • a monograph on monstrous animals in American culture

  • an edited volume on American cities in the fantastic imagination

  • an edited volume on food and drink in science fiction

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