Volume 3, Issue 1

(Spring 2016)

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Cover Image:  Memento Mori “To This Favour”, oil on canvas painting by William Michael Harnett, 1879, Cleveland Museum of Art.Creative Commons: The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. 

Introduction, by Leah Richards (7)  


Shantooe Jest: A Forgotten Nineteenth-Century Fairy Saga, by Simon Young (9-22)


The Gothic Experience of Terror and Horror in Matthew Lewis's The Monk, by Erica McCrystal (23-32)


Dark Shadows and Gothic Lights: Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, by Osmond Chien-ming Chang (33-41)


The Moral Imagination and Sergeant James Hathaway in Inspector Lewis, by Heather Ostman (42-55)


Monkey Drag: Gendering and Deconstructing the Sasquatch Masquerade, by James Keller (56-64)


Teen Drama with a Bite: Human Animality in Teen Wolf, by Anastassiya Andrianova (65-84)


"Sweetheart, this is Gender Studies": Jo Harvelle, Female Strength, and Fandom in Supernatural, by Victoria Farmer (85-98)


Film Series Review Essay

Paranormal Found-Footage Fizzle: The Rise and Fall of the Paranormal Activity Franchise, by William D. Prystauk (99-108)


Book Reviews 


Davidson, Jane P. Early Modern Supernatural: The Dark Side of the European Culture, 1400-1700. Review by Timothy Bernard Walsh.

Smith, Jay M. Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast. Review by Todd Spaulding.

Miller, Cynthia J., and Bowdoin Van Riper, eds. Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier. Review by Murray Leeder.

Wilson, Leah, ed. A Taste of True Blood: the Fangbanger's Guide and George Dunn and Rebecca Housel, eds. True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You. Review by Alysa Hornick.

Redding, Arthur. Haints: American Ghosts, Millenial Passions, and Contemporary Gothic Fictions. Review by Christopher K. Coffman.



Anastassiya Andrianova was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2011, specializing in British literature and philosophy of the long nineteenth century. She has published theatre reviews and articles on Victorian literature and culture, postcolonial and world literature, and pedagogy. She has taught literature and writing at CUNY, NYU, and Fordham, and is currently a lecturer in English at North Dakota State University.

Osmond Chein-ming Chang is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. His dissertation concerns the fantastic and Gothic imagination of the late eighteenth century. His research interests are not limited to the former topic but also include travel poetics and Irish drama (including the works of Bernard Shaw and John Millington Synge). His articles have appeared in The Journal of English Language, Literature and Culture, The Victorian, Imaginaires, and Coldnoon: Travel Poetics.

Victoria Farmer received her doctorate in English from Florida State University in December 2014, and won the Bertram and Ruth Davis award for Outstanding Dissertation in English that year. After teaching college English, Literature, and Sociology for several years, she is now an ACLS Public Fellow in the 2015-16 class, and works as the Senior Manager of Audience Development at Public Radio International in Minneapolis. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota with her husband Michial and their two cats, Smerdyakov and Dorothy Parker, and spends her ever-shrinking free time writing gender theory-laden commentaries about television and movies geared to teenagers.

James R. Keller is a Professor of Early Modern British literature and Chair of English and Theatre at Eastern Kentucky University. He is the author of five monographs, including most recently V for Vendetta as Cultural Pastiche. He has co-edited four collections with Dr. Leslie Stratyner, the most recent of which is The Deep End of South Park. Keller has published no fewer than fifty articles on a range of subjects, including early modern literature, gender studies, modern drama, African American literature, cultural studies, and film studies.

Erica McCrystal is a Ph.D. candidate in English at St. John's University studying Victorian literature, the Gothic, and comics and graphic novels. Her dissertation, "Supervillainy and the Urban Gothic Universe: Fin de Siècle London and Gotham City," examines the relationship between supervillains and their cities, Gothic aesthetics, and the root of criminality in multimedia representations of Victorian London and Gotham City. Her next project will focus on the aesthetics of crime scenes in early detective fiction and modern media. Erica also teaches literature courses at St. John's University.

Heather Ostman is Professor of English at SUNY Westchester Community College, where she also serves as the Director of the Humanities Institute. She is the author of Writing Program Administration and the Community College (2013) and the editor/co-editor of two essay collections based on Kate Chopin's fiction.

Simon Young teaches at the International Studies Institute Florence and has published extensively on British folklore.

*These notes appear on pages 123-124 of the print version.