This blog will focus on horror in all its forms (fiction, film, TV). We’ll be reviewing new horror film and TV as well as posting both sustained and briefer pieces that make the case for what’s interesting about current and classic horror. We’ll also be offering “Top 10 Lists” if you’re looking for something to watch! We all have particular interests at the moment (these may change!): the tradition of the “final girl” (Liz), creepy children and family horror (Gwen) and eco-horror and zombies (Dawn), but, basically, we all love pretty much all horror and want to express it, talk about /why/ we love it, and share why we think so much of the horror tradition is worth not just watching (or reading) but worth examining. So, we’ll indulge in bursts of enthusiasm for particular films or shows or books as well as engaging in more lengthy and (hopefully) more thoughtful discussions. Fictional horror has been around for so long for a reason (actually, many reasons)—and this blog will be thinking about why.


Dawn Keetley teaches American literature and gothic / horror in all its forms (fiction, film, TV) at Lehigh University. She’s recently written some academic essays on TV shows and film (notably AMC’s The Walking Dead, FX’s American Horror Story, and George Romero’s Dead films) and has edited a collection of essays, We’re All Infected: AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Fate of the Human (McFarland, 2014). Dawn’s top ten list of horror films.

Elizabeth Erwin has an obsession with Final Girls, 80s slasher films, and Carol Peletier from The Walking Dead. She blogs about horror and television for Entertainment Weekly and is planning a series of video essays focused on the experiences of female horror fans. Elizabeth is especially interested in horror fandom (conventions, fanfiction, fan art) and its depictions of gender and sexuality. Check out her picks for the top ten American horror films.

Gwen Hofmann is currently pursuing a History PhD. Her academic focus is 20th Century cultural history with a focus on popular culture. Gwen’s passion is examining representations of gender and family in American popular culture. Horror films are her life long mistress, somewhat illicit, always exciting, and just a little dirty. She appreciates watching a movie and analyzing the film for underlying social commentary. Gwen’s favorite decade of horror is the 1980s and if you look at her current top 10 favorite horror films of all time (in chronological order), you might learn a little more about her.

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