Hello! I’m Lauren, and I’m particularly interested in horror cinema. I’ve loved all things spooky since I was a child, and have a particular fondness for slasher movies and ghost stories. I currently research in the areas of British horror, Horror and Gender and teen horror literature, and spend a lot of my free time attending ghost tours and scrolling through Haunted TikTok.
Top Three Texts
This does tend to change on a weekly basis, but there are a handful of constants on my ‘favourites’ list. The greatest film ever made is, without a doubt, Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). The book I’m currently obsessed with is Francine Toon’s Pine (2020) and the album I can’t stop listening to is Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love (2016) – an absolute masterpiece.
Any and all songs by the band WHAM!
Something you might not know about me…
I used to be a synchronised swimmer!
Stephenson, L. (2021). ‘Eden Lake and the British ‘hoodie horror’ genre’ in The Conversation.
“I’m pissed off, and I’m angry, and we need your permission to kill someone”: Frustrated Masculinities in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set’ in S. Gerrard, S. Holland, R. Shail (eds.). (2019). Gender and Contemporary Horror in Television. (Bingley: Emerald).
‘British ‘Hoodie’ Horror’ in Bloom, C. (ed.). (2020). The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. (London: Palgrave).
‘Coralie Fargeat’. (2019). Cut-Throat Women: A Database of Women Who Make Horror. https://www.cutthroatwomen.org/director-page-coralie-fargeat
‘The Nightingale: Filming the past, negotiating the present’. (2020). Bloody Women. https://www.thefinalgirls.co.uk/bloody-women/nightingale