Latest Publication Releases
University of Wales Press, 2022
Blumhouse Studios pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking by producing high-quality micro-budget films. This volume explores the studio's thematic trends, such as the use of found footage, haunted bodies / haunted houses, and toxic masculinity. Blumhouse’s business strategies and funding model are also considered – including the company’s high-profile franchises Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Halloween – alongside such key standalone films as Get Out and BlackKklansman.
Women Directors of Horror
Rowman & Littlefield, 2022
"Bloody Women offers a timely and critical intervention in horror cinema studies, considering horror cinema made by women, horror cinema watched by women, and female representation in horror cinema. McCollum and Clarke have skillfully framed the discussion and drawn together a diverse range of conributors (theorists, historians, practitioners) and topics. This is a must-read volume for scholars, students, and fans alike.”
Dr Liz Greene, Liverpool Screen School
Launch: Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, 2022
Resist! Brexit-Trump Era
Rowman & Littlefield, 2020
"A fantastic, urgent and lively collection that importantly thinks about what it means to resist in the here and now. Monteverde and McCollum are two of the most significant young scholars in Anglo-American cultural and media studies and this carefully curated edited collection reflects brilliantly their intelligence, craft and ethico-political commitment. A truly wonderful book."
Dr Robert Porter, Director of Centre of Media Research, Ulster University
"With each chapter as theoretically insightful, critically persuasive and horrifyingly absorbing as the previous, Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear is a must-read for scholars and students of American studies, film and media studies, cultural studies, as well as general fans of horror. To be sure, McCollum’s study is an exceptionally brave and important piece of timely scholarship; one that will remain at the forefront of our imaginations as we move into a newly cast segment of the same American horror story."
Dr Harriet Stilley in European Journal of American Culture (40:2)
Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
"Written by solid experts on the field of media studies, this book provides a much-needed scholarship that illuminates the counter-hegemonic efforts of resistance against the authoritarian rule of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey. The contributions illustrate the efforts of journalists, activists and engaged citizens in providing alternative and accurate information in one of the most important loci of power. Highly recommended!"
Prof Isabel David, Institute of Political Sciences, University of Lisbon
HBO's Original Voices
Interdisciplinary and international in scope, HBO’s Original Voices explores the sociocultural and political role and impact that HBO's current programmes have held and the ways in which it has translated and reinterpreted social discourses into its own televisual language. This book illuminates the emergence of a new era of culturally relevant television that fans, students, and researchers will find lively, accessible and fascinating.
Post-9/11 Heartland Horror
"Victoria McCollum peers into the dark forest of America after September 11 with Post 9/11 Heartland Horror. Her brilliant new work examines how horror films, including some of its most transgressive subgenres, deal with memory, ideology, and the often competing claims of nationalism, American exceptionalism and cultural sorrow. Historians and American Studies scholars will find rich material here in exploring how popular culture has tried to explain to itself the War on Terror."