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Weinstock, Jeffrey

Professor of English


More about Jeffrey Weinstock


  • Monstrous Things: Selected Essays on Ghosts, Vampires, & Things That Go Bump in the Night. McFarland, 2022.
  • Critical Approaches to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, Palgrave New Canon series, 2022.
  • Pop Culture for Beginners. Broadview Press, 2021.
  • Giving the Devil His Due: Satan & Cinema. co-edited with Regin  Hansen of Boston University. Fordham University Press, 2021. 
  • And Now for Something Completely Different: Critical Approaches to Monty Python. Co-edited with Kate Egan of Aberystwyth University. Edinburgh University Press, 2020.
  • 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

  • “Shadow Play: From Nosferatu to Shadow of the Vampire.” Nosferatu in the  
    Twenty-First Century: A Critical Study, edited by Simon Bacon. Liverpool University  
    Press, 2023.
  • “The Anthropocene.” Dark Scenes from Damaged Earth: The Gothic Anthropocene. Eds. Justin  
    Edwards, Rune Graulund, and Johan Högland. University of Minnesota Press, 2022. 7-
  • “Cartas de Amor Desde El Futuro: El Desguace Sublime [Love Letters From the Future: The  
    Salvage Sublime].” Retrofantástico: Perspectivas de un Pasado Imaginado, edited by  
    Mario-Paul Martínez Fabre, Fran Mateu, and Miguel Herrero Herrero. Cinestesia, 2022.  
  • “The American Gothic: An Interview with Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock.” Reden: Revista  
    Española de Estudios Norteamericanos, “Conversations of the Gothic in Popular  
    Culture” special issue, vol. 3, no. 2, 2022. 3-15.
  • “Cities of the Dead: Urban Vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive and A Girl Walks Home Alone at  
    Night.” Fantastic Cities: American Urban Spaces in Science Fiction & Fantasy. Eds.  
    Stefan L. Brandt, Michael Fuchs, and Stefan Rabitsch. University of Mississippi Press,  
    2022, pp. 101-117.
  • “Walking Alone Together: Adapting Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.”  Shirley Jackson: A Companion, edited by Kristopher Woofter. Peter Lang, 2021. 251-64.  
  • “Dead is Not Better: The Many Resurrections of Stephen King’s Revival.”  Horror Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 2021, pp. 189-203. 
  • “We Are Dracula: Penny Dreadful and the Dracula Megatext.” In The Transmedia Vampire, edited by Simon Bacon. McFarland, 2021, pp. 20-34. 
  • “Haunted Homesteads: E.D.E.N. Southworth’s Dual Gothic.” American Women’s Regionalist  Fiction: Mapping the Gothic. Eds. Monika Elbert and Rita Bode. Palgrave, 2021, pp.  137-156. 
  • “Autobiography as Rhetoric: Reading Franklin With Douglass.” Critical Insights: Frederick  Douglass, edited by Jericho Williams. Salem Press. 3-16 
  • "What is IT? Ambient Dread and Modern Paranoia in It (2017), It Follows (2014), and It Comes at Night (2017)." Horror Studies, 11.2 (October 2020): 205-220. 
  • “Introduction: A Genealogy of Monster Theory.” The Monster Theory Reader. Ed. Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 1-26. 
  • “’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 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 (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 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.


  • 2022 Central Michigan University 2022 Lorrie Ryan Memorial Excellence in Teaching award Winner 
  • 2021 Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award finalist for Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and Cinema.  
  • 2021 World Fantasy Award Finalist for The Monster Theory Reader in the “Special Award: Professional” category.
  • 2019 Poe Studies Association James W. Gargano Award for an outstanding scholarly article on Poe for “Before the After: Anticipatory Anxiety and Experience Claimed in Poe’s Angelic Dialogues.”  
  • 2016 Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Ray & Pat Browne Award Winnter 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
  • CMU Honors Program “Professor of the Year” recipient, 2008-2009
  • 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
  • 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)​
  • American Literature
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Cultural Studies and Approaches to Popular Culture
  • The Gothic​
  • 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

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