Dr Kevin Corstorphine

Dr Kevin Corstorphine


Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 463266

Kevin Corstorphine lectures in American literature, with a particular interest in horror and Gothic fiction, both literary and popular.

His research interests are mainly centred around representations of space and place, including haunted houses, tainted and abject spaces, thresholds and forbidden rooms.

He is currently writing a cultural history of haunted house stories, and has published on many authors of the weird and macabre such as Bram Stoker, Ambrose Bierce, H P Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Clive Barker.


Research Interests

  • Gothic literature

  • The intersection of literature and science

  • Representation of space and place in horror and Gothic fiction

  • The ‘weird tale’

  • American literature and culture

Research groups

  • International Gothic Association

  • Irish Network for Gothic Studies


Corstorphine K., and Kremmel, L., The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature, Palgrave, 2018.

Corstorphine K, ‘Marks of Weakness, Marks of Woe: Books of Blood and the transformation of the weird', in Clive Barker, Dark Imaginer, ed. Sorcha Ni Fhlainn, Manchester University Press (2017)

Corstorphine K, 'The Girl Who Wouldn't Die: Masculinity, Power and Control in The Haunting of Hill House and Hell House', in Haunted Landscapes: Super-Nature and the Environment, ed. by Ruth Heholt and Niamh Downing, Rowman and Littlefield (2016)

Corstorphine K, 'Stoker, Poe, and American Gothic in The Squaw’, in Bram Stoker and the Gothic: Formations to Transformations, ed. Catherine Wynne, Palgrave (2016)

Corstorphine K and Murray C, ‘Co(s)mic Horror’, New Critical Essays on H P Lovecraft, ed. David Simmons, Palgrave Macmillan (2013)

Corstorphine K, ‘The Blank Darkness Outside: Ambrose Bierce and Wilderness Gothic at the End of the Frontier', EcoGothic, ed. William Hughes and Andrew Smith, Manchester University Press (2013)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • American Gothic

  • American Rebels: Reading Twentieth-Century US Counterculture

  • Transformative Texts of American Literature

  • American Revolutionary Readings

  • Contemporary America in Context

  • Crossing the Line: Frontiers in the Literature of the Americas

Research PhDs

Dr Corstorphine especially welcomes PhD applications from students who would be interested in the following areas: Gothic literature, American Gothic, literature, science, and the supernatural, ‘weird fiction’ writers, popular horror fiction and film.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Gul Dag, Depictions of disability and body modification in 1980s cyberpunk

  • Matthew Crofts, Tyranny in Gothic Fiction from 18th Century to Present

  • Sandra Mills, Monstrous Objects & Performing Bodies: A Study of Puppets

  • James Whittle, Postmodern Fiction’s Engagement with Literary Modernism.

Completed PhDs

  • Nicola Beech, Virtual Space in Fiction: Representations of the Telegraph, Internet, and Artificial Intelligence

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA Hons (Dundee)

  • MLitt (St Andrews)

  • PhD (Dundee)