Courses taught

  • Advanced Composition
  • African-American Literature
  • American Ghost Story
  • American Gothic
  • American Literature: Colonial to Early Federalist Period
  • American Literature survey, pt. I: Colonial period to the Civil War
  • American Novel
  • American Realism
  • American Romanticism
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Female Gothic
  • Freshman Composition
  • Graduate Independent Study in Post-Structuralist Literary Theory
  • Graduate Seminar in American Realism
  • Graduate Seminar in American Romanticism
  • Graduate Seminar in American Magical Realism
  • Graduate Seminar in ‘Critical Problems’—“Ghosts, in Theory
  • Graduate Seminar on Critical Theory: Affects and Objects
  • Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • Introduction to Popular Culture
  • Introduction to Short Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Novel
  • Literary Dimensions of Film
  • Monsters and Their Meanings
  • Sex & Death: Gender Studies, Queer Theory, and the Gothic
  • Studies in Authors: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Studies in Authors: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Studies in Texts: Moby-Dick
  • Vampires in Film and Literature
  • Western Intellectual Tradition

 Areas of Expertise

  • American Literature
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Cultural Studies and Approaches to Popular Culture
  • The Gothic​

Degrees and Universities

The George Washington University - Ph.D., Program in the Human Sciences (1999)
The George Washington University - M.Phil., Program in the Human Sciences (1996)
The George Washington University - M.A. in American Literature (1995)
The University of Pennsylvania - Degree: B.A. in English (1992)​

Honors and Recognitions

  • 2016 Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture for The Age of Lovecraft.
  • 2014 Rue Morgue magazine "Best 2014 Non-Fiction Book" for The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters
  • 2014 "Golden Ghoul" award from Serbian Cult of the Ghoul Horror publication for "Best 2014 Non-Fiction Horror Book" for Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters:
  • 2013 International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Lord Ruthven Assembly award winner for Best Nonfiction Title: The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema
  • 2012-2013 CMU President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity
  • Certificate of Congratulations for Extraordinary Research Productivity presented by the Provost and Dean of Libraries, Spring 2011
  • CMU Honors Program “Professor of the Year” recipient, 2008-2009
  • Sigma Tau Delta “Chip Off the Old Block” teaching award nominee, 2008-2009
  • CMU "Alternative Assignment" internal grant recipient, spring semester 2009
  • CMU senior faculty nominee for NEH Summer Stipend award, 2008
  • College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award winner, 2007-2008
  • Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Endeavor, 2006-2007
  • CMU’s junior scholar nominee for the NEH Summer Stipend competition, 2006
  • CMU’s junior scholar nominee for the NEH Summer Stipend competition, 2005
  • Professional Development Grant for Scholarly and Creative Activity, CMU, 2004

Professional Organizations

  • American Literature Association                               
  • American Studies Association                       
  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
  • International Gothic Association
  • Modern Language Association                                                          
  • Poe Studies Association
  • Popular Culture Association
Selected Publications


Critical Approaches to Welcome to Night Vale: From the Weather to the Void. Edited collection in progress for Palgrave. 

Cambridge Companion to the American Gothic. Cambridge University Press 2018.

The Age of Lovecraft. Co-edited with Carl Sederholm. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Goth Music: From Sound to Subculture. Co-authored with Isabella van Elferen. Routledge, 2016.

Return to Twin Peaks: New Approaches to Materiality, Theory & Genre on Television. Co-edited with Catherine 

Spooner.  New York: Palgrave 2016.

The Works of Tim Burton: Margins to Mainstream.  New York: Palgrave, 2013

The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary Monsters.  Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013.

Vampires: Undead Cinema.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

Charles Brockden Brown.  Cardiff: University of Wales, 2011.

Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan: Spoiler Warnings. New York: Palgrave, 2010.

Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry.  Co-edited with Anthony Magistrale.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.

Reading Rocky: The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Popular Culture.  New York: Palgrave 2008.

Taking South Park Seriously. New York: SUNY Press, 2008.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  London: Wallflower Press, 2007.

Spectral America: Phantoms and the American Imagination.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. 

Nothing That Is: Millennial Cinema and the Blair Witch Controversies.  Co-Edited with Sarah Higley. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004. 

The Pedagogical Wallpaper: Teaching Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-paper.” Edited collection.  New York: Peter Lang Publishers, Inc.  2003. 


The Other Gods and More Unearthly Tales by H. P. Lovecraft. Edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. Barnes & Noble, 2010.

At the Mountains of Madness and Other Weird Tales by H. P. Lovecraft. Edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. Barnes & Noble 2009.

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales by H. P. Lovecraft. Edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. Barnes & Noble May 2009.​

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Cities of the Dead: Urban Vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive and A Girl Walks Home Alone at

            Night.” Forthcoming in Fantastic Cities: American Urban Spaces in Science Fiction &

            Fantasy. Eds. Stefan L. Brandt, Michael Fuchs, and Stefan Rabitsch.            

“Vampire Suicide.” Forthcoming in Suicide and the Gothic. Eds. Andrew Smith and Bill

Hughes.  Manchester: Manchester University Press.

“The Cinematic Vampire.” Forthcoming in The Vampire: An Edinburgh Companion. Eds. John

            Edgar Browning and William Hughes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

“The Soul of the Matter: Frankenstein Meets H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘Herbert West—Reanimator’.”

            Forthcoming in Adapting Frankenstein: The Monster’s Eternal Lives in Popular

            Culture.” Eds. Dennis Perry and Dennis Cutchins. New York: Palgrave, 2018.

“Hawthorne and Science Fiction.” Forthcoming in Hawthorne in Context. Ed. Monika Elbert.

            Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“Poe and Postmodernism.” Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe. Eds.

            Scott Peeples and Gerald Kennedy. Oxford UP, 2018.

“Gothic and the New Weird: Jeff VanderMeer.” The Gothic: A Reader. Ed. Simon Bacon.

            Palgrave, 2018. 211-16.

“Hyberobjects, Apocalypse, and the Elemental Antagonists of American Naturalism.”

Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Eds. Dawn Keetley and Matthew

Sivils. Routledge, 2018. 191-205.

“The American Ghost Story.” A Companion to the Ghost Story. Eds Scott Brewster and Luke

Thurston. London: Routledge, 2018. 206-14.

“Afterward: Howl, Growl, Scream! Listening to Monsters Beyond Meaning.” “Listening to Our

            Monsters” special edition of Listening:  Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and

            Culture. Ed. Michael R. Paradiso-Michau. Fall 2017. 199-205.

“The Queer Time of Lively Matter: The Polar Erotics of Harriet Prescott Spofford’s ‘The

            Moonstone Mass’.” Women’s Studies 46.8 (2018): 752-66.

“Tekeli-li! Poe, Lovecraft, and the Mysteries of Whiteness.” The Lovecraftian Poe. Ed. Sean

            Moreland. Lehigh University Press, 2017. 51-68.

“Blasphemous Knowledge.” Wissen in der Fantastik: VomSuchen, Verstehen und Teilen. Ed.

            Meike Uhrig, Vera Cuntz-Leng and Luzie Kollinger. Springer, 2017. 53-68.

“Burton’s Bowl: Constructing Space in the Films of Tim Burton.” A Critical Companion to Tim

            Burton. Eds. Antonio Sanna and Adam Barkman. Lexington, 2017. 3-15.

“The New Weird.” New Directions in Popular Fiction: Genre, Distribution, Reproduction. Ed.

            Ken Gelder. London: Palgrave, 2016. 177-99.

“American Vampires.” Edinburgh Companion to the American Gothic. Eds. Jason Haslam and

            Joel Faflak. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 203-221.

"Bubba Ho-tep and the Seriously Silly Cult Film." Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science

            Fiction Film as Cult Text. Eds J. P. Telotte and Gerald Duchovnay.  Liverpool University

            Press, 2015. 233-48.

“Sans Fangs: Theda Bara, A Fool There Was, and the Cinematic Vamp.” Dracula’s Daughters.

            Eds. Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka. Scarecrow Press, 2014. 37-43.

“American Monsters.” A Companion to the American Gothic. Ed. Charles L. Crow. Wiley-

            Blackwell, 2014. 41-55.

“Gothic and the New American Republic, 1770-1800.” The Gothic World. Eds. Glennis Byron

            and Dale Townshend. U.K.: Routledge, 2013. 27-37.

“Postmodernism with Sam Raimi (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Theory and Love

            Evil Dead).” Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror. Eds. Aalya Ahmad

            and Sean Moreland. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. 19-39. Translated into Russian as

            Джеффри Уайнсток. Постмодернизм с Сэмом Рэйми, или Как я научился не

            волноваться насчет теории и полюбил "Зловещих мертвецов" // Логос. 2014. №5

            (101). Стр. (Pp.) 51-78.

“Charles Brockden Brown.”  The Encyclopedia of the Gothic.  Eds. David Punter, Andy Smith

and Bill Hughes. Wiley-Blackwell January 2013. 83-90.

“Magazines.”  Edgar Allan Poe in Context.  Editor Kevin Hayes. Cambridge: Cambridge

            University Press, 2012. 169-78.

“Edgar Allan Poe and the Undeath of the Author.”  Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular

Culture.  Eds. Dennis Perry and Carl Sederholm. New York: Palgrave, 2012. 13-30.

“Invisible Monsters: Vision, Horror, and Contemporary Culture.”  The Ashgate Research

Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous.  Eds. Asa Mittman and Peter Dendle.

London: Ashgate 2011. 275-89.

“The American Ghost Story.” A Companion to the American Short Story.  Eds. Alfred

Bendixen and James Nagel.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2010. 408-24.

“Profaning the Sacred: Gothic Iconography and Subcultural Resistance.”  Coverscaping:

Discovering Album Aesthetics.  Eds. Øyvind Vågnes & Asbjørn Grønstad.  Copenhagen:

Museum Tusculanum Press, 2010.  163-78. 

“Queer Specters of Rose Terry Cooke and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward.”  Death Becomes Her:

Cultural Narratives of Femininity and Death in Nineteenth-Century America.  Eds.

Elizabeth Dill and Sheri Weinstein.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. 109-


“Female-Authored Gothic Tales in the Nineteenth-Century Popular Press.”  Popular Nineteenth-

Century American Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace.  Eds. Earl Yarington

and Mary De Jong.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.  74-96.

“Maybe It Shouldn’t Be a Party: Kids, Keds, and Death in Stephen King’s Stand By Me and Pet

            Sematary.”  Reading the Films of Stephen King.  Ed. Anthony Magistrale.  New York:

            Palgrave 2008.

“Queer Haunting Spaces: Madeline Yale Wynne’s ‘The Little Room’ and Elia Wilkinson

Peattie’s ‘The House That Was Not.’” American Literature 79.3 (Sept. 2007): 501-26.

“Goth/Fetish.”  Goth: Undead Subculture.  Eds. Michael Bibby and Lauren Goodlad.  Durham:

            Duke UP, 2007.  375-97.

“The Crowd Within: Poe’s Impossible Aloneness.”  The Edgar Allan Poe Review VII.2 (Fall

            2006): 50-64.

“Ten Minutes for Seven Letters: Spectrality and the Ethics of Memory in Toni Morrison’s

            Beloved,” Arizona Quarterly 61.3 (Autumn 2005): 129-52.  Reprinted in Toni

           Morrison’s Beloved: Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations.  Ed. Harold Bloom. 

            Infobase Publishing, 2009.  73-92.

“‘Respond Now!’ E-mail, Telepathy, and a Pedagogy of Patience.”  Pedagogy: Critical

            Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 4.3 (Fall

           2004): 364-84.

“Doing Justice to Bartleby,” American Transcendental Quarterly.  17.1 (March 2003):  23-42.

“‘In Possession of the Letter’: Kate Chopin’s ‘Her Letters’,” Studies in American Fiction 30:1

            (Spring 2002): 45-62.  Reprinted in Thomson Gale’s Short Story Criticism vol. 68


 “Mars Attacks!  Wells, Welles, and Radio Panic or: The Story of the Century.” Ordinary

           Reactions to Extraordinary Events. Ed. Ray Browne.  Bowling Green: Bowling Green

           University Press, 2001.  210-21.

“Circumcising Dracula: The Vampire as Anti-Semitic Trope,” The Journal for The Fantastic in

           the Arts 12.1 (2001): 90-102.

“ZombieTV,” Post-Identity 2.2 (Fall 1999): 5-21. Reprinted in Zombie Theory: A Reader.

            Editor Sarah Lauro. University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

“Virus Culture,” Studies in Popular Culture 20.1 (October 1997): 83-97.

“This is Not Foucault’s Head,” Post Identity I.1 (Fall 1997): 178-89.

“The Disappointed Bridge” (on Joyce’s Ulysses) The Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts 8.3

            (1997): 347-69. Reprinted in Ulysses: Contemporary Critical Essays.  Ed. Rainer Emig. 

           New York: Palgrave, 2004.  61-80.

“Freaks in Space: ‘Extraterrestrialism’ and ‘Deep-Space Multiculturalism’,” Freakery: Cultural

           Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body.  Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Ed. N.Y.: New

            York University Press, 1996.  327-37. Translated as “Freaks en el Espacio,” Trans.

            Eufemio Bildarrain. Revista de Occidente No. 201 (February 1998): 69-87.

“13 Ways of Looking at Donna Haraway.” CEAMAGazine Volume 7, No. 1 (Fall 1994): 31-44.