Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Events Coordinator: David McWilliam
David is a Lecturer in Film Studies and English Literature at Keele University. His thesis looked at representations of American monstrous criminals in the neoconservative era. He has published on the parallels between the neoconservative rhetoric on terrorism and vampire hunters in Joe Ahearne's Ultraviolet (Gothic Studies), entries on 'Cenobites', 'Freddy Krueger', 'Pinhead' and 'Psychopaths' (Ashgate Encyclopdeia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters), and school shootings (Violence in American Popular Culture), with forthcoming articles on neo-Victorian engagements with neoliberal austerity in Ripper Street (Victoriographies) and posthuman creationism in Prometheus (Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts). David is a critic of contemporary genre fiction and criticism whose reviews have appeared in Horror Studies, The Gothic Imagination, Vector, Foundation, the Interzone website, and Strange Horizons.
Co-Founder, Principal Events Coordinator, and Webmaster: Glyn Morgan
Glyn is a Ph.D researcher and tutor at the University of Liverpool supervised by Andy Sawyer and David Seed. His thesis is a study of non-mimetic fictions relating to the Holocaust. He also works part-time at Waterstones Liverpool One where he is responsible for the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Graphic Novels section of the store and runs two book clubs which discuss such material. Glyn organises the popular postgraduate Current Research in Speculative Fiction conferences held at the University of Liverpool each year since 2011.
If you are an author who is interested in appearing at a Twisted Tales event, or simply have any questions or comments. You can contact David or Glyn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crime Editor: David Schmid
David is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. The winner of the Milton Plesur and the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, he teaches courses in British and American fiction, cultural studies, and popular culture. Born and raised in England, he received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from the University of Sussex, and his Ph.D. from the Modern Thought and Literature Program at Stanford University. He has published on a variety of subjects, including celebrity, film adaptation, Dracula, and crime fiction and he is the author of Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. He is currently working on two book-length projects: From the Locked Room to the Globe: Space in Crime Fiction, and Murder Culture: Why Americans are Obsessed by Homicide.
Film Editor: Neil McRobert
Neil recently completed his doctorate in English Literature at the University of Stirling. His research concerns the conjunction of Gothic fiction and postmodernism, in particular the growth in popularity of self-conscious or metafictional writing within the horror genre. His other interests include the contemporary horror film (especially in post-9/11 culture), late-Victorian fiction and the rise of online, or cyber, horror. He has published on some of these topics already and is the co-editor of Transgression and its Limits (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012). He blogs for other websites, including The Gothic Imagination and Far Out Magazine. However, he does not have an academic job and the minute and will accept any and all donations!
Games Editor: Matthew Dawkins
Matthew (YouTube's The Gentleman Gamer) has been tabletop role-playing since the age of 18 and making RPG-related videos for his popular YouTube channel since 2009. While in recent years his primary focus has been World of Darkness games, he runs, plays in and reviews a multitude of others. Matthew has recently entered the realm of writing for RPGs, having contributed to the Book of the Wyrm 20th Anniversary edition for Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and Sothis Ascends for Mummy: The Curse.
Television Editor: Eleanor Beal
Eleanor recently completed her doctoral thesis in English Literature at Lancaster University. Her research concerns the conjunction of Catholicism and sexuality in Gothic fiction and horror film and focuses on its trans-national and contemporary contexts. She is especially interested in the post-secular theologies of transgressive texts and their relationship to history, nationalism, politics and gender theory. Eleanor has published on the topics of religion, female sexuality, cinema and spectacle in relation to post-modern Gothic writing and has previously held the post of postgraduate representative on the editorial board for Gothic Studies.
|Ramsey Campbell reading at the first Twisted Tales in Waterstone's Liverpool One|