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David McWilliam

David McWilliam

Research Student, Associate Lecturer

County College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

I research contemporary American Gothic and crime fiction, film and television, with a particular focus on the politics of monstrosity. My thesis explores the cultural politics of emotion, critical theory relating to crime and deviance, the limitations of liberal interventions in debates on law and order, and the narrative strategies of true crime. I also work on representations of terrorism, science fiction, vampires, posthumanism, Lovecraftian horror, adaptation theory, and Neo-Victorianism.

Current Teaching

I am an Associate Lecturer with the Department of English and Creative Writing and I teach first and third year undergraduate English Literature, including Contemporary Literature, as well as having taught on a specialist third year module, ‘Evil in America', at Liverpool John Moores University.


I have a BA (hons) in English Literature from the University of Sheffield, an MA in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool and am currently studying for a PhD. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy after successful completion of the Supporting Learning Programme at Lancaster University.

Research Grants

I hold a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship and am a member of the Steering Group for the Cult TV: TV Cultures Network (AHRC funded).

Additional Information

I am a co-founder of the award-nominated series of public engagement events, Twisted Tales, which brings together authors and academics in readings and discussion of contemporary Gothic horror and crime fiction. I am also Editor-in-Chief of the supporting blog:

Thesis Title

American Monsters: Identification with Criminals in Twenty-First-Century Culture

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