I am a writer and lecturer interested in the formal tension between experimental writing and dark genres including Gothic, horror, crime, and Noir.
My PhD in Critical Theory and Creative Writing undertaken at Sussex University examined the figure of the dead girl in contemporary experimental writing, as a site of queer and feminist recuperation. I published two short books as a result of this research: The Luminol Reels (Calamari Archive, 2014), an experimental novella narrated by a chorus of dead women, and Luminol Theory (Punctum, 2017), a creative-critical work using forensic crime scene investigation techniques to analyse representations of the dead girl in popular culture, literature, and film. Previously, I published a crime novel which reimagined the murder of Jonbenet Ramsey (The Museum of Atheism, Salt, 2012).
My co-edited collection Domestic Noir (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) examined the phenomena of this crime subgenre tracing the tradition of the marriage thriller from its roots in fairy tales, Gothic fiction, and Noir cinema.
My critical work engages with deadly encounters in the forest from the myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, to contemporary rural and folk horror cinema.
I am currently working on two books: an academic procedural thriller based on the Medea myth, and a creative nonfiction book about the violent death of a friend from adolescence, and the current cultural obsession with the trope of the dead girl.
I am writer-in-residence at the Coffin Works museum in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, where I am co-investigator on "Dead Fashionable" a project on the history of burial shrouds.
I currently teach creative writing at Coventry University.