Reading, writing, photographing.


Co-curator and co-editor of 4 Saints in 3 Acts – A Snapshot of the American Avant-garde in the 1930s (The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 20 October 2017 – 10 February 2018; Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017). http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526113030/


‘Pin-Up / Cut-Up: Woman in Gee Vaucher’s Collages’ (co-authored with Patricia Allmer), in Stevphen Shukaitis (ed.), Gee Vaucher: Introspective (Minor Compositions, 2016, accompanying the exhibition at FirstSite Gallery, Colchester, 2016-17).


‘Perichoresis: Tessa Farmer and Arthur Machen’, in Catriona McAra (ed.), In Fairyland: The World of Tessa Farmer (London: Strange Attractor, 2016).


Co-Curator and Co-Editor of Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs (The Photographers’ Gallery / London: Prestel, 2014)


Plenary speaker at Maggie Gee (St Andrews University, September 2012).




Plenary speaker at North and South: the Latitude of Letters (York University, May 2013).


North and South


Stephen King’s Gothic (Cardiff: University of Wales Press / Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011) (nominated for the Allan Lloyd Smith Prize, 2013). http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/S/bo12426429.html



Reading George Szirtes, (Tarset: Bloodaxe Books, 2008).




Co-editor of and contributor to this 2011 special issue of the European Journal of American Culturehttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/ejac/2011/00000030/00000002 


More essays in the following publications:

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7 responses to “About

  1. susanmvh1

    My email address. …. You are what I am looking for, I am sure. … 🙂

  2. Rob Gilhooly

    Hi John. If you have the inclination please get in touch …

  3. Dr Jo

    Hi John, I’m finishing a draft on Carrie and narrative. I just wanted to let you know that out of the plethora of the novel’s critics you were really the only one to address the narrative in a meaningful manner. I really enjoyed your chapter on the Gothic Script.

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