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


The Monster Theory Reader.  University of Minnesota Press. December 2019.

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to College Composition (A Somewhat Cheeky but Exceedingly Useful Introduction to Academic Writing).  Broadview Press. November 2019.

Critical Approaches to Welcome to Night Vale: From the Weather to the Void. Palgrave, 2018

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

“’It’s a Strange World’: David Lynch.” Routledge Companion to Cult Film. Ed. Ernest Mathjis and Jamie Sexton. Routledge, 2019. 383-91.

“Experience Claimed: The Trauma of Knowing in Poe’s Angelic Dialogues.” Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation. Vol. 52 (2019): 91-109.

“Vampire Suicide.” Suicide and the Gothic. Eds. Andrew Smith and Bill Hughes. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019.139-59.

“The Sound of Horror: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (1982) and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980).” Horror: A Companion. Ed. Simon Bacon. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019. 67-74.

“Hawthorne and Science Fiction.” Hawthorne in Context. Ed. Monika Elbert. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 329-39.

“The Soul of the Matter: Frankenstein Meets H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘Herbert West—Reanimator’.” Adapting Frankenstein: The Monster’s Eternal Lives in Popular Culture.” Eds. Dennis Perry and Dennis Cutchins. New York: Palgrave, 2018. 221-35.

“Poe and Postmodernism.” The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe. Eds. Scott Peeples and Gerald Kennedy. Oxford UP, 2018. 718-734.

“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. 109-30.

“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 inToni 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 (2004).

“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 inZombie 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.