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Dr Kevin Corstorphine

Dr Kevin Corstorphine

Lecturer in American Literature

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


  • BA (University of Dundee)
  • MA (University of St Andrews)
  • PhD


Dr Kevin Corstorphine is Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Hull, and Programme Director in American Studies, having previously lectured at the University of Dundee and the University of Limerick. His research interests lie in horror and Gothic fiction, both literary and popular, and he is particularly interested in representation of space and place, the environment, and haunted locations. He has published widely on authors including Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. He is co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature, published in 2018. He is currently working on several research projects including US imperialism, haunted graveyards, and ecology in nineteenth-century US literature.

Currently Coordinating: Transformative Texts of American Literature; American Gothic; American Rebels: Reading Twentieth-Century American Counterculture; The Globalization of American Culture

Recent outputs

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The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature

Corstorphine, K. (2018). K. Corstorphine, & L. Kremmel (Eds.). The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature. Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapter

Weird Fiction in the Twentieth-Century Gothic

Corstorphine, K. (in press). Weird Fiction in the Twentieth-Century Gothic. In S. Ni Fhlainn, & B. M. Murphy (Eds.), Twentieth-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

The Crawling Chaos: H. P. Lovecraft, Closed Gothic Spaces and 'Dungeon Crawler' Videogames

Corstorphine, K., & Crofts, M. (in press). The Crawling Chaos: H. P. Lovecraft, Closed Gothic Spaces and ‘Dungeon Crawler’ Videogames. In A. Alcala Gonzalez, & C. H. Sederholm (Eds.), Lovecraft in the 21st Century: Dead, But Still Dreaming (213-226). New York: Routledge.

Journal Article

The Vanishing South: Race and the Ecogothic in Ambrose Bierce and Charles Chesnutt

Corstorphine, K. (in press). The Vanishing South: Race and the Ecogothic in Ambrose Bierce and Charles Chesnutt. Studies in American Fiction, 49( Special Issue on the Ecogothic),

'Don't be a Zombie': Deep Ecology and Zombie Misanthropy

Corstorphine, K. (2019). ‘Don’t be a Zombie’: Deep Ecology and Zombie Misanthropy. Gothic nature journal, 54-77

Research interests

Gothic and horror, particularly haunted houses and representations of space and place, including the environment. American literature and culture, particularly the American weird tradition and intersections of literary and popular culture, including gaming.

Postgraduate supervision

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.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy