Dawn Keetley

Forms of Folk Horror in Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Loved researching and writing this article on Nigel Kneale’s original screenplay for Halloween III – and the different kinds of folk horror this film ultimately encompassed. 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill… Continue Reading →

True Detective’s Folk Gothic

“True Detective’s Folk Gothic,” in Dark Scenes from Damaged Earth: The Gothic Anthropocene, edited by Justin D. Edwards, Rune Graulund, and Johan Höglund (University of Minnesota Press, 2022), pp. 130-50. Here’s the full citation for the chapter – and the… Continue Reading →

Two Recent Folk Horror Films – Enys Men and Troll

In two recent posts for Horror Homeroom, I wrote about the amazing new folk horror film, Enys Men (2022), from Mark Jenkin (who previously directed Bait) – and about how Roar Uthaug’s Troll (2022) represents the ways folk horror emerges… Continue Reading →

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 →

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