Dawn Keetley

Horror Studies – Special issue on Folk Horror

Check out the details below for a special issue of Horror Studies Jeff Tolbert and I are co-editing. Guest editors, Dr. Dawn Keetley, Professor of English and Film, Lehigh University, dek7@lehigh.edu, and Dr. Jeffrey A. Tolbert, Assistant Professor of American… Continue Reading →

Black Mold, White Extinction – in HAUNTED NATURE

“Black Mold, White Extinction: I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, The Haunting of Hill House, “Gray Matter,” and H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Shunned House,” in Haunted Nature: Entanglements of the Human and the Nonhuman, edited by… Continue Reading →

Climate Change, ‘Anthropocene Unburials’ and Agency on a Thawing Planet

  An article for a special issue of Science Fiction Film and Television on ‘Creature Features and the Environment’, edited by Bridgitte Barclay and Christy Tidwell (2021). I write about The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), the TV series, Fortitude… Continue Reading →

American Fears

I was interviewed for this interesting piece on the contemporary monsters of horror and the collective fears they represent, by Anabel Sosa for Inside Edition. https://www.insideedition.com/if-american-horror-films-reflect-our-collective-fears-what-monsters-will-this-generation-see-emerge

Tentacular Ecohorror and the Agency of Trees in Algernon Blackwood’s “The Man Whom the Trees Loved” and Lorcan Finnegan’s Without Name

“Tentacular Ecohorror and the Agency of Trees in Algernon Blackwood’s ‘The Man Whom the Trees Loved’ and Lorcan Finnegan’s Without Name” Drawing on the work of Stacy Alaimo, China Miéville, Eugene Thacker, and Donna Haraway, this chapter identifies a “tentacular… Continue Reading →

Blood on Satan’s Claw at 50

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Piers Haggard’s The Blood on Satan’s Claw, we published a special issue of Horror Homeroom, with ten original essays. Mine is called “The Ruined Church in The Blood on Satan’s Claw: Fertility and Population… Continue Reading →

Summoning Candyman

Invited participant in a roundtable panel, “Summoning Candyman: A Panel Discussion of the Cinematic Urban Legend,” Society for Cinema and Media Conference, Horror Studies Scholarly Interest Group, Virtual, March 18, 2021. I joined Robin Means Coleman, Dani Bethea, and Jon… Continue Reading →

Lovecraft Country

Our third special issue of Horror Homeroom features five essays on the HBO series, Lovecraft Country. It features an amazing cover by Kirk Manley.

Thinking Folk Horror ‘without People’

Really enjoyed writing an essay for Gothic Nature (2021) on several folk horror texts: The Wicker Man, Children of the Stones, Stephen King’s ‘Children of the Corn’ and King and Joe Hill’s ‘In the Tall Grass’. Here’s the abstract: The… Continue Reading →

New Folk Horror

Two new great folk horror films have been released recently–both very different and representing two very different strands of folk horror. I have substantial reviews of both on Horror Homeroom. Ben Wheatley’s new film, In the Earth, premiered at Sundance… Continue Reading →

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