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New Article

My article "Preserved for Posterity? Present Bias and the Status of Grindhouse Films in the 'Home Cinema' Era" has been published in Journal of Film and Video, 70:1

Abstract:: Despite the closure of virtually all original grindhouse cinemas, ‘grindhouse’ lives on as a conceptual term. This article contends that the prevailing conceptualization of ‘grindhouse’ is problematized by a widening gap between the original grindhouse context (‘past’) and the DVD/home-viewing context (present). Despite fans’ and filmmakers’ desire to preserve this part of exploitation cinema history, the world of the grindhouse is now little more than a blurry set of tall-tales and faded phenomenal experiences, which are subject to present-bias. The continuing usefulness of grindhouse-qua-concept requires that one should pay heed to the contemporary contexts in which ‘grindhouse’ is evoked.

Access a PDF of the article here

Career News

From January 2018 I undertook the role of Head of Subject for the Media and Languages groups within the Department of Social Sciences. I also became Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

PhD Scholarship Opportunity

Northumbria University are advertising a number of fully funded PhD scholarships. I am advertising for a project entitled “New Approaches to Contemporary American Horror Film”. For details about the project and how to apply, click here. The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2017/18, this is £14,553 pa) and fees. The deadline for applications is 28th  January 2018, and the funding would begin on 1st October 2018. If you know of anyone who would be interested in applying, please share the link.    

Working with Necrostorm

Over the past few months I have been working with Italian horror production company Necrostorm, adapting scripts into English. My first screen-credit is on Hotel Inferno II: Cathedral of Pain (NSFW trailer here, purchase here). More projects coming soon. The Hotel Inferno III crowdfunding campaign is available here.

New Articles Coming Soon

I have two new articles coming out in print soon.

“The Origin of the Faeces” is a short piece about the tenth anniversary of the viral video 2Girls1Cup. The essays is part of a special section of Porn Studies (available in the online version here and an open-access/post-print version here). I was invited to contribute by Susanna Paasonen: read her article about 2Girls1Cup here (or an open access version here).

Screening Sex

I am now a member of the Screening Sex Network, which is curated by Darren Kerr and Donna Peberdy. Screening Sex is also forming a British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Special Interest Group.

New Chapter

The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality is out now, edited by Feona Atwood and Clarissa Smith with Brian McNair. The 40 chapter volume contains new work by (among many others) Feona Attwood, Adrienne Evans, Neil Jackson, Misha Kavka, Gareth Longstaff, Alan McKee, John Mercer, Sharif Mowlabocus, Susanna Paasonen, Niall Richardson… it also contains a chapter on Sex and Horror by me (which can be accessed here).

For a full Table of Contents and to buy, click here