Organising Team

In alphabetical order

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University and a founding member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. He is the author of Spanish Gothic (2017), Horror Film and Affect (2016) and Body Gothic (2014), and the editor of Horror: A Literary History (2016). Xavier is chief editor of the University of Wales Press’s forthcoming Horror Studies book series, and sits on the editorial boards of Dissections: The Journal of Contemporary Horror, Dark Arts Journal, Fantastika and The Journal of Stephen King Studies. He is currently working on a monograph entitled Gothic Cinema for the Routledge Film Guidebooks series.

Dr Linnie Blake is founder and Head of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies and Reader in Gothic Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is author of The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity (2008). She has published widely on numerous aspects of Gothic and Horror literature and film, most recently co-editing the collections Neoliberal Gothic: International Gothic of the Neoliberal Age (2017) and Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon (2015) with Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet and Xavier Aldana Reyes respectively. She is member of the editorial board of Horror Studies and Dark Arts journals.

Helen Darby is Research Impact and Public Engagement Manager for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Met. She has curated and co-ordinated the Gothic Manchester Festival for the last four years. Helen is an old Goth at heart and loves John Carpenter, Fallout 4 and Bauhaus (almost as much as she loves arranging spectacular events).

Dr Matt Foley has a broad range of research interests in the fields of modernist and Gothic studies. The author of Haunting Modernisms (Palgrave, 2017), he is currently writing on the acoustics of Gothic literature and on the fiction of Patrick McGrath. As well as being a member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, he is also the administrator of the IGA’s Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prizes.

Dr Chloe Germaine Buckley has diverse research interests within Gothic Studies. Her first monograph, Twenty-First-Century Children’s Gothic (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) explores gothic children’s literature and film, but she has also published on Zombies, Weird Fiction, Postcolonial Gothic, and Witches. She is co-editor, with Sarah Ilott, of Telling it Slant: Critical Approaches to Helen Oyeyemi (Sussex Academic Press, 2017). She is a member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies and the Games Research Network at MMU.

Dr Sarah Ilott is a Lecturer in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University. Sarah is a postcolonial scholar specialising in genre fiction and film, particularly comedy and the gothic. She is the author of New Postcolonial British Genres: Shifting the Boundaries (Palgrave, 2015) and co-editor of Telling it Slant: Critical Approaches to Helen Oyeyemi (Sussex Academic Press, 2017). She is currently writing book chapters on postcolonial gothic, gothic multiculturalism, and gothic short stories. Her work has been published by The Journal of Commonwealth LiteratureThe Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and Postcolonial Text, as well as in numerous edited collections in the fields of postcolonial, gothic, and comedy studies. She has acted as external reviewer for Palgrave and Bloomsbury USA, as well as academic journals including The Journal of Commonwealth LiteratureThe Journal of Postcolonial WritingStudies in Gothic Fiction, and Luminary.

Dr Emma Liggins has published on dead bodies in Frankenstein in Studies in the Novel (2000) and on Vernon Lee and the supernatural in Gothic Studies (2013). She is currently researching women’s ghost stories for her forthcoming book, The Haunted House and Women’s Ghost Stories: Gender, Space and Modernity, 1850-1945, for Palgrave Gothic.

Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and American Studies and a founding member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. She has diverse research interests in Gothic Studies, Screen Studies and Popular Culture, including vampires, zombies and serial killers and postmodern subjectivities. She is Reviews Editor for Gothic Studies, the journal of the International Gothic Association, and co-editor of the forthcoming journal Open Screens: The Journal of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (Open Library of Humanities). Recent and forthcoming books include Clive Barker: Dark Imaginer (with Manchester University Press, 2017), Postmodern Vampires: Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture (with Palgrave Macmillan, late 2018), and a monograph and special edition of Gothic Studies on the long 1980s.

Prof Dale Townshend is Professor of Gothic Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University. His publications include Gothic: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies (with Fred Botting, 2004); The Orders of Gothic: Foucault, Lacan, and the Subject of Gothic Writing (2007); Gothic Shakespeares (with John Drakakis, 2008); The Gothic World (with Glennis Byron, 2014); Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic (with Angela Wright, 2014); Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination (2014); and Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (with Angela Wright, 2016). The recipient of an AHRC Leadership Fellowship (June 2015–December 2016), he is currently completing, among other projects, a monograph entitled Gothic Antiquity: History, Romance, and the Architectural Imagination, 1760–1840.

Andy Turbine is the Media Assistant for Research in Arts and Humanities at Manchester Met. During his time in the role, he has worked on events including the Encountering Corpses conference on death, dead bodies and dark tourism, and last year’s programme of Gothic Manchester Festival events.