Ellen Boyd recently completed her MA in English from Lehigh University and will be pursuing her studies in horror and archives as a PhD student at UC Riverside. 

Thomas Britt is a Professor of Film and Video Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is the head of the screenwriting concentration and creator of several classes, including Ethics of Film and Video, Global Horror Film, and Advanced Visual Storytelling. He has received both the Teacher of Distinction award and the Teaching Excellence Award from the University’s Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning. Recent publications include “Death in Modern Film” from The Routledge History of Death since 1800 and “Came Back Haunted” from The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaptation.

Kevin Cooney is a Harvard University graduate reared on the 1970s television show In Search Of. Cooney is a freelance writer and analyst of science fiction, horror, and paranormal film, television, and literature. Contributor to the BSFA non-fiction award-winning Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction and numerous publications, he passionately combines the unconventional and the academic. You can find his portfolio here

Adam Daniel is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. His research investigates the evolution of horror film, with a focus on the  intersection of embodied spectatorship and new media technologies. He has published on  film, television and popular culture, and is the Vice-President of the Sydney Screen Studies Network. He is the author of Affective Intensities and Evolving Horror Forms: From Found  Footage to Virtual Reality published by Edinburgh University Press.  

Lauren Gilmore recently completed her MA in English at Lehigh University and will begin the PhD program in the fall. Her research interests include horror, health humanities, and critical archival theory. 

Reece Goodall is a PhD student at the University of Warwick, where he is working on an industrial and theoretical analysis of contemporary French horror cinema, uniting these two facets of the genre into a cohesive and complementary framework. His research interests include horror and other genres in French cinema, the contemporary horror genre, and the interplay between media, news and politics. He has previously written for French Screen Studies, Horror Studies and Animation Studies, and he is the author of forthcoming chapters on Alexandre Aja, Wes Craven, folk horror, and the Conjuring franchise.

Darren Gray recently completed his PhD titled “Trauma, Technology and the ‘Haunted’ Male Bodies of Interwar Literature.” Darren’s research investigates intersections of disability, the Gothic, horror, monstrosity, trauma and socio-political activism in literature and popular culture. He is particularly interested in representations of the impaired or enhanced body and their socio-political functions. Darren’s current research investigates representations of disabled, neurodivergent or extraordinary bodies as sites of protest and rebellion in twenty-first century horror literature and film.

Callie Ingram is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include 20th and 21st-century US fiction, narrative ethics, and phenomenologies of reading. Her essays have been published in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction and American Book Review, and her poetry has been published in P-QUEUE, Dream Pop, Always Crashing, and elsewhere.

Dawn Keetley is Professor of English and Film at Lehigh University. She is author of Making a Monster: Jesse Pomeroy, the Boy Murderer of 1870s Boston (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), editor of Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Political Horror (Ohio State University Press, 2020), co-editor (with Angela Tenga) of Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film (Palgrave, 2016), and co-editor (with Matthew Wynn Sivils) of The Ecogothic in Nineteenth-century American Literature (Routledge, 2017). She has also edited a collection on The Walking Dead and co-edited (with Elizabeth Erwin) a second. She has recently published numerous articles on folk horror, has co-edited (with Ruth Heholt) Folk Horror: New Global Pathways (University of Wales Press, 2023) and is writing a short book on folk gothic. She writes regularly for a website she co-founded, Horror Homeroom.

Devin McGrath-Conwell is a native of Saco, Maine who earned a BA in Film and Media Cultures / English and American Literatures at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Film and Television through Emerson College which he will complete in May 2023. As such, Devin’s background is in both film scholarship and audiovisual production, and he believes that each avenue allows him to grow in the other. 

Shellie McMurdo lectures in film and television at the University of Hertfordshire and is co-convenor of the BAFTSS Horror Studies Special Interest Group. She is the author of Blood on the Lens: Trauma and Anxiety in American Found Footage Horror Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2022), and Devil’s Advocates: Pet Sematary (Auteur/Liverpool University Press, 2023). Shellie has previously presented and published work on true crime fandom and American Horror Story, post-peak torture horror, and the role of found footage horror in Blumhouse Productions. Her current research focuses on the use of pre-digital media and special effects in the contemporary horror genre.  

Britta R. Moline is an independent scholar living and working in Mankato, Minnesota after a decade of living abroad in Paris, France. She earned her Master’s degree in English-language visual studies at the University of Paris (Paris 7), writing her second thesis on the American sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and domestic disgust. She was most recently published in Celebrity Studies’ Special Issue on Keanu Reeves, and presented at the 2021 PAMLA conference on liminal identity in Leaving Las Vegas.

Isaiah Frost Rivera (He/They) is a Staten Island born and raised scholar, maker, and black digital  speculator pursuing his PhD in the African and African Diaspora Studies program at University of  Austin, Texas. His research interests include queer Afro-Latinx and Caribbean identity formation in  the digital age, contemporary mixed race ideologies, and the intersections between metamodern horror  and retributive justice. To read more of their work, visit Isaiah’s WordPress blog The Poetic Xenolith,  where he writes critical essays about horror films and popular media.

Heather Roberts is a third-year PhD student in the Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies program at Queen’s University. She completed her Masters in English literature at Queen’s and holds Honours degrees from both Queen’s and the University of Toronto. Heather recently appeared on season two of Cam Hunters: The Podcast to talk about her doctoral work on themes of surveillance in found footage horror films. She enjoys crocheting blankets to hide under while she watches horror films.

Kari Sawden is a folklorist who teaches at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Canada. Her work revolves around seeking out the supernatural in all aspects of life, from people’s personal encounters to its use in popular culture. In particular, she explores divination practices, including its roles in both sacred ritual and secular play, and has worked with Canadian practitioners to better understand the ongoing value of divination in the 21st century.

Amira Shokr resides in Blairstown, New Jersey, where she teaches English and History. She earned her BA and MA in English from Lehigh University. Her academic interests include Medieval literature, critical horror studies, and film.

Elizabeth Tussey is a writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her research interests include Appalachian studies, eco-poetics, film studies, and issues related to collective memory and the Kent State Shootings. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Barn Owl Review, Postcolonial Text, The Women of Appalachia Project, The Encyclopedia of LGBTQIA+ Portrayals in American Film, and I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices. She has a memoir book chapter forthcoming in the collection Horrifying Children: Hauntology.

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is the author of a dozen books and editor or co-editor of a dozen more. He is the four-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated author/editor of such books as The Streaming of Hill House and Eaters of the Dead. He is also the author of over a hundred book chapters and films, including two previous essays for Horror Homeroom special issues on Lovecraft Country and Friday the 13th

Justin Wigard is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Distant Viewing Lab at University of Richmond, where he works and teaches in the areas of popular culture, game studies, comic studies, children’s literature, and digital humanities. He is co-editor of Attack of the New B Movies: Essays on SYFY Original Films (McFarland Press, 2023), the first academic treatment of SYFY Channel’s original films, including Sharknado (2013), 2 Lava 2 Lantula (2016), Frankenfish (2004), and more. You can find more of his work at

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