Dawn Keetley

‘The Dark Is Here’: The Third Day and Folk Horror’s Anxiety about Birth Rates, Immigration, and Race

A Folk Horror series pervaded by darkness, The Third Day is a British-American co-production released on HBO and Sky Atlantic in September 2020. The series is set and filmed on the island of Osea, just off the Essex coast, and… Continue Reading →

Female Fiends – fascinating 19th century US narratives

Quite a while ago now, I published an article in American Quarterly that was a pure labor of love – an analysis of a whole cache of pamphlets from the antebellum period purportedly written by “female fiends.” What’s not to… Continue Reading →

American Folk Horrors – Call for Papers (Edited Collection)

AMERICAN FOLK HORRORS Edited by Dawn Keetley Abstracts due: October 29, 2023 There has been a veritable outpouring of both popular and academic writing on folk horror in the wake of folk horror’s resurgence in the post-2009 period. The last… Continue Reading →

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 (2023)

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

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