Document Actions

Major publications



'The Angle Between Two Walls': The Fiction of J G Ballard, Liverpool University Press/St. Martin's Press, 1997: xix + 213.


The Invention of Telepathy, Oxford University Press, 2002: xii + 324.

Read Marina Warner’s review here

Science Fiction (Cultural History of Literature series), Polity Press, 2005: vii + 305.


The Trauma Question, Routledge, 2008.


The Mummy’s Curse: The True Story of a Dark Fantasy, Oxford University Press, 2012.

This book reveals for the first time two key ‘true’ stories of Victorian gentlemen cursed by the objects that they collected in Egypt. Thomas Douglas Murray was a well-known society figure, whose purchase of a mummy case caused all kinds of misfortune in his circle before it was presented to the British Museum in 1889. The cursed mummy of the British Museum mummy was first brought to prominence in about 1904 with the death of the journalist Fletcher Robinson, and which haunted the Edwardian imagination, preparing the way for the later frenzy around the tomb of Tutankhamen. At about the same time the soldier and adventurer, Walter Herbert Ingram, bought a mummy whilst on service with the Egyptian Army in 1885, only to be killed in a hunting accident in 1888. This cultural history of a rumour will provide numerous contexts for the curse story: Egyptianised architecture and the immersive exotic environments in Victorian and Edwardian London; the return of the Gothic romance in popular fiction, particularly the mummy-haunted work of Rider Haggard, and the sensational trials of the time that featured Egyptian Magick and the alleged mesmeric powers of master magicians and ‘killer willers’.

Read Stuart Kelly’s review in the Scotsman here

- Read Christopher Frayling’s review in The Irish Times here


The Shining (Palgrave/BFI, 2014).

A short study of one of the most celebrated horror films of recent times.


Alien (Palgrave/BFI, 2015).

Another contribution to the Film Classics series.


Zombies: A Cultural History (Reaktion Press, 2015)

This book is an attempt to tell the story of how the Haitian zombi, a rare and folkloric creature, shuffled out of the back-hills of the Caribbean island in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and entered American popular culture as the zombie in the 1920s before it became a mass and global phenomenon after 1945.


The Corridor: Passages of Modernity (Reaktion, 2018)


For Reaktion Press, this book tracks the cultural history of the corridor, from its origins as a new architectural feature in the seventeenth century, through its high point in the public institutions of the nineteenth century, to our profoundly anti-corridic present, where the corridor is frequently a locus of horror and dread. This originally came out of work done on the films The Shining and Alien, both of which feature corridors as major spatial presences. The book is a combination of architectural history, film studies, literature and art history.

Edited books

Literature and the Contemporary, co-edited with Peter Marks, University of Sydney, Longmans, 1999: ix + 216.

Essays by Bill Ashcroft, Steven Connor, Thomas Docherty, Mandy Merck and others.

The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History c.1880-1900, co-edited with Sally Ledger, Oxford University Press, 2000: xxiv + 354


This anthology uses contemporary documents to offer inroads into a complex era. In 13 chapters, each with a contextual introduction and explanatory notes, we aim to introduce ideas of Degeneration, Outcast London, London as Metropolis, the New Woman, Literary Debates, The New Imperialism, Socialism, Anarchism, Scientific Naturalism, Psychology, Psychical Research, Sexology and Anthropology.


Transactions and Encounters: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century, Co-edited with Josephine McDonagh. Manchester University Press, 2002: xi + 195.


Essays by David Amigoni, Isobel Armstrong, Carolyn Burdett, Steven Connor, Roger Luckhurst, Lindsay Smith, Rebecca Stott, Lynnette Turner and Paul White.

Marginal Sciences and Occult Sciences, Chatto & Pickering, Victorian Science and Literature, vol 8: co-edited with Justin Sausman (2012)

This is a volume of primary materials on ‘heterodox science’ in the Victorian period, including sections on phrenology, mesmerism, cheiromancy, spiritualism, psychical research, Theosophy and ritual magic. You can see the full contents list here


W. T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (British Library Press, 2012).

A co-edited collection of essays on the notorious Victorian and Edwardian journalist, the most famous Englishman to die on the Titanic, co-edited with Laurel Brake, Ed King and Jim Mussell. British Library Press, 2012.


Science Fiction: A Literary History, ed. R. Luckhurst (British Library Press, 2017)

Eight essays, by key science fiction critics. Also contributor.


The Cambridge Companion to Dracula, ed. R. Luckhurst (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Sixteen essays by key leading Gothic critics.




Late Victorian Gothic Tales, Oxford World’s Classics, 2005: xlviii + 382. Author of full introduction and explanatory notes to text.


Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Oxford World’s Classics, 2006: xli + 205. Author of full introduction and explanatory notes to text.


Henry James, Portrait of a Lady, Oxford World’s Classics, April 2009. Author of full introduction and explanatory notes to text.


Bram Stoker, Dracula, Oxford World’s Classics, 2011. Author of full introduction and explanatory notes to text.


H. P. Lovecraft, Classic Horror Tales for Oxford University Press, 2013. Author of full introduction and explanatory notes to text.


Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines, Oxford World’s Classics, 2016. Author of full introduction and explanatory notes.


H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, Oxford World’s Classics, 2017. Author of full introduction and explanatory notes.


Edited special issues


‘Remembering the 1990s’, co-edited with Joe Brooker, Birkbeck College, New Formations 50 (2003): vi + 176.

Essays by Michael Bracewell, Joe Brooker, Steven Connor, Andrew Gibson, Robert Hampson, Peter Middleton, Roger Luckhurst, John Tomlinson and Wendy Wheeler


‘Techno-Culture and Science Fiction’, co-edited with Gill Partington, Science Fiction Studies 33:1 (March 2006)

Essays by Stacey Abbott, Mark Bould, Anthony Enns, Rob Harding, Roger Luckhurst, Kaye Mitchell, Gill Partington, Laura Salisbury and Sheryl Vint.


‘Ben Wheatley, J. G. Ballard, and High-Rise’, Special issue, co-edited by Adam Lowenstein and Roger Luckhurst. Critical Quarterly 58:1 (2016)

Essays on the novel and film.


‘Weird Fiction’, co-edited with Timothy Jarvis and James Machin. Textual Practice 31: 6 (2017).

Essays by Roger Luckhurst, James Machin, Emily Alder, Mark Blacklock, Nick Freeman, Timothy Jarvis and Christina Sholz


    • 'Border Policing: Science Fiction and Postmodernism', Science Fiction Studies, 18:3, 1991: 358-66.
    • 'Nuclear Criticism: Anachronism and Anachorism', Diacritics, 23:2, 1993: 89-97.
    • 'The Many Deaths of Science Fiction: A Polemic', Science Fiction Studies, 21: 1, 1994: 35-50.
      (this article received the Science Fiction Research Association Pioneer Award for best original research article in the field, 1995)
    • 'Petition, Repetition, and "Autobiography": J G Ballard's Empire of the Sun and The Kindness of Women', Contemporary Literature, 34: 4, 1994: 688-707.
    • 'Queer Theory (and Oscar Wilde): A Review Essay, Journal of Gender Studies, 4: 3, 1995: 333-40.
    • 'Repetition and Unreadability: J G Ballard's Vermilion Sands', Extrapolation, 36:4, 1995: 292-304.
    • '"Horror and Beauty in Rare Combination": The Miscegenate Fictions of Octavia Butler', Women: A Cultural Review, 7:1, 1996: 28-38.
    • '"Impossible Mourning" in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Michèle Roberts' Daughters of the House', Critique, 37: 4, 1996: 243-60.
    • 'The Science-Fictionalisation of Trauma: Remarks on Narratives of Alien Abduction', Science Fiction Studies, 25:1, 1998: 29-52.
    • ‘The Contemporary London Gothic and the Limits of the “Spectral Turn”’, Textual Practice, 16:3, 2002: 526-545.
    • ‘Demon-Haunted Darwinism’, New Formations 49, 2003: 124-35.
    • ‘Traumaculture’, New Formations 50, 2003: 28-47.
    • ‘Cultural Governance, New Labour and the British SF Boom’, Science Fiction Studies 30:3, 2003: 417-35.
    • ‘Post-Imperial Melancholy and the New Wave in the 1970s’, Foundation 93, 2005: 76-88.
    • ‘Literary London: Post-, Ex-, Trans-, Neo-?’, English Studies in Canada, 2005
    • ‘Introduction: Techno-Culture and Science Fiction’, Science Fiction Studies 33:1, 2006: 1-3.
    • ‘Bruno Latour’s Scientifiction: Networks, Assemblages and Tangled Objects’, Science Fiction Studies 33:1, 2006: 4-17.
    • ‘The Two Cultures, or The End of the World as We Know It’, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 32: 1, 2007.
    • ‘Catastrophism, American Style: The Fiction of Greg Bear’, Yearbook of English Studies, 37:2, 2007: 215-33.
    • The Found-Footage Science Fiction Film: Five Films by Craig Baldwin, Werner Herzog, and Patrick Keiller’, Science Fiction Film and Television 1:2 (2008), 193-214.
    • ‘The Photographic Sublime, or Can there Be a Science Fiction Photography?’, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (2009)
    • ‘Reflections on Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking’, New Formations 67 (2009), 91-100.
    • ‘Science Fiction and Cultural History’, Science Fiction Studies 37:1 (March 2010): 3-15.
    • ‘Beyond Trauma: Torturous Times’, European Journal of English Studies 14: 1 (April 2010): 11-21
    • ‘The Mummy’s Curse: A study in Rumour’, Critical Quarterly 52:3 (Autumn 2010).
    • ‘The Fine Art of Science Fiction: Ivan and Heather Morison’, Corridor8, no.2 (2010).
    • ‘Science vs Rumour: Artefactual Narratives in the Egyptian Rooms of the British Museum’, History and Anthropology (2012)
    • ‘Martian Montage: The Science Fiction Cinema of Chris Marker. Science Fiction Film and Television 5: 2 (2012).
    • ‘Laboratories for Global Space-Time: Science-Fictionality and the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939’, Science Fiction Studies 39: 3 (2012): 385-400.
    • In War Times: Fictionalizing Iraq’, Contemporary Literature 53: 4 (2012), 713-37.
    • ‘Architecture and Utopia, 2015’, Science Fiction Film and Television 9: 1 (2016): 95-8.
    • High-Rise 1975/2015’, Critical Quarterly 58: 1 (2016): 63-9.
    • ‘Iraq War Body Counts: Reportage, Fiction and Photography’, Modern Fiction Studies, 63: 2 (2017), 355-72.
    • ‘Why Have the Dead Come Back? The Instance of Photography’, New Formations, 89-90 (2017), 101-115.
    • ‘The Weird: A Dis/Orientation’, Textual Practice, 31: 6 (2017), 1041-61.
    • ‘The Corridor Shot’, Viewfinder 108 (2017), 14-15.


      ‘Corridor Dread’ Gothic Studies (2019)

Chapters in books

    • '(Touching on) Tele-Technology', Applying to Derrida, edited John Brannigan, Ruth Robbins and Julian Wolfreys (Macmillan, 1996): 161-73.
    • 'Memory Recovered/Recovered Memory', Literature and the Contemporary, edited Roger Luckhurst and Peter Marks (Longmans, 1999): 80-93.
    • '"Something Tremendous, Something Elemental": On the ghostly origins of psychoanalysis', Ghosts: Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction, History, edited Peter Buse and Andrew Stott, (Macmillan 1999): 50-71.
    • ‘Trance Gothic, 1882-97’, Victorian Gothic, edited Julian Wolfreys and Ruth Robbins (Palgrave 2000): 148-67.
    • ‘Vicissitudes of the Voice, Speaking Science Fiction’, Speaking Science Fiction, edited David Seed and Andrew Sawyer (Liverpool University Press, 2000): 69-81.
    • ‘“Going Postal”: Rage, Science Fiction and the Ends of the American Subject’, Edging into the Future: Science Fiction and Contemporary Cultural Transformation, edited Joan Gordon and Veronica Hollinger (Pennsylvania University Press, 2002): 142-56.
    • ‘Passages in the Invention of the Psyche: Mind-Reading in London, 1881-4’, Transactions and Encounters, edited by Roger Luckhurst and Josephine McDonagh (Manchester University Press, 2002): 117-50.
    • ‘W. T. Stead’s Occult Economy’, Cultural Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media, edited by Louise Henson et. Al. (Ashgate Press, 2003): 117-27.
    • ‘Occult London’, London from Punk to Blair, edited by Joe Kerr and Andrew Gibson (Reaktion Books, 2003).
    • ‘Knowledge, Belief and the Supernatural at the Imperial Margin’, The Victorian Supernatural, edited by Nicola Bown, Carolyn Burdett and Pamela Thurschwell (Cambridge University Press, 2004): 197-216.
    • ‘Ending the Century: Literature and Digital Technology’, The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century English Literature, edited by Laura Marcus and Peter Nicholls (Cambridge University Press, 2004): 787-806.
    • ‘Introduction’, Late Victorian Gothic Tales, ed. Roger Luckhurst (Oxford World’s Classics, 2005)
    • ‘British Science Fiction in the 1990s: Politics and Genre’, British Fiction of the 1990s, edited by Nicholas Bentley (Routledge, 2005)
    • ‘J. G. Ballard’s Crash’, Companion to Science Fiction, edited David Seed (Blackwell, 2005).
    • ‘Mixing Memory and Desire: Psychoanalysis, Psychology and Trauma Theory’’, Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide, edited by Patricia Waugh (Oxford University Press, 2006): 497-507.
    • ‘Introduction’, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Oxford World’s Classics, 2006): vii-xli.
    • ‘The Curse of the Mummy: A Genealogy’ in Magic, Science, Technology and Literature, edited by Mildorf, Jarmila; Seeber, Hans Ulrich; Windisch, Martin (eds). Münster: LIT Verlag, 2006: 126-39
    • ‘The Uncanny after Freud: The Contemporary Trauma Subject and the Fiction of Stephen King’, Uncanny Modernity, edited Jo Collins and John Jervis (Palgrave, 2008)
    • ‘The Politics of the Network: Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital trilogy' in Mapping the Unimaginable: Kim Stanley Robinson and the Critics, edited by William J Burling (McFarland, 2009).
    • ‘Pseudoscience’ in The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, edited by Mark Bould, Andrew Butler, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint (Routledge, 2009)
    • ‘Introduction’, Henry James, Portrait of a Lady (Oxford World’s Classics, 2009), vii-xxxiv.
    • Greg Bear’ & ‘J. G. Ballard’ in Fifty Key Science Fiction Writers (Routledge 2009)
    • ‘An Occult Gazetteer of Bloomsbury: An Experiment in Method’, in Gothic London, edited by Anne Witchard and Lawrence Phillips, (Continuum, 2010).
    • ‘Religion, Spiritualism, Psychical Research and the Occult’ in Handbook of Modernisms, edited by Peter Brooker et al (Blackwell, 2011).
    • ‘In the Zone: Topologies of Genre Weirdness’ in Gothic Science Fiction, edited by Sara Wasson (Liverpool UP, 2011).
    • ‘Ballard/Atrocity/Conner/Exhibition/Assemblage’ in J G Ballard from Shanghai to Shepperton, edited by Jeannette Baxter and Rowland Wymer (Palgrave, 2011).
    • ‘The Public Sphere, Popular Culture and the True Meaning of the Zombie Apocalypse’ in The Cambridge Companion to Popular Culture, edited by Scott McCracken and David Glover (Cambridge, 2012).
    • ‘Stead’s Death (and Slight Return)’ in W. T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary, ed. Laurel Brake, Ed King, Roger Luckhurst, Jim Mussell. British Library Press, 2012.
    • ‘The Psychic Seventies’ in The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale, ed. Sukhdev Sandhu (London: Strange Attractor Press, 2012),11-15.
    • ‘The Living Dead’ in Gothic – The Dark Heart of Cinema, ed. James Bell (BFI, 2013): 36-42.
    • ‘The Gothic Colonies 1850-1920’ in Gothic World, edited Glennis Byron and Dale Townshend (Routledge, 2013)
    • ‘Future Shock: Science Fiction and the Trauma Paradigm' in The Future of Trauma, ed. Gert Buelens, Sam Durrant and Robert Eaglestone (Routledge, 2013).
    • ‘Automation’ in The Handbook of Science Fiction, ed. Rob Latham, Routledge, 2014.
    • ‘Not Now, Not Yet: Polytemporality and Fictions of the Iraq War’ (a substantially updated reprint of ‘In War Times’ essay, first published in Contemporary Literature, 2012). Ed. Monica Calvo and Marita Nadal, Routledge 2014.
    • ‘Dancing with Darwin’ in Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder, ed. James Bell (BFI, 2014), 110-17.
    • ‘The American Weird’ in Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction, ed. E. Link and G. Canavan (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 194-205.
    • ‘Biomedical Horror: The New Death and the New Undead’ in Technologies of the Gothic in Literature and Culture, ed. Justin D. Edwards (Routledge, 2015), 84-98.
    • ‘Digging up Memories: Forensic Archaeology, Cultural Trauma and the Contemporary Mass Grave’ in Sabine Coelsch-Foisner and Christopher Herzog (eds.), Memorialisation: Cultural Dynamics (2015)
    • ‘Diagnosing Dick’ in The World According to Philip K. Dick, ed. Alexander Dunst and Stefan Schlensag (Palgrave, 2015)
    • ‘Sax Rohmer’s Egyptian Intoxication’ in Lord of Strange Deaths: The Fiendish World of Sax Rohmer, ed. Phil Baker (Strange Attractor Press, 2015): 1-17.
    • Scientific Romance, Fantasy and the Supernatural’ in Fin de Siecle World, ed. Michael Saler (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015): 677-90.
    • ‘Introduction’ Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines (Oxford World’s Classics, 2016): vii-xxxvii
    • ‘Breaking the Pact: Contemporary Autobiographical Diversions’ in The Oxford History of Autobiography, ed. Adam Smyth (Oxford University Press, 2016).
    • ‘Weird Stories: The Potency of Horror and Fantasy’ in Cambridge History of the English Short Story, ed. D. Head (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016): 447-63.
    • ‘William Seabrook’ in Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic: 54 Neglected Authors, Actors, and Others, ed. Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice Murphy (McFarland, 2016)
    • ‘Introduction’ H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2017): vii-xxxii.
    • ‘Foreword’, Supernatural Horror Short Stories (Flame Tree Publishing, 2017), 8.
    • ‘From Scientific Romance to Science Fiction: 1870-1914’ in Science Fiction: A Literary History (British Library Press, 2017).
    • Forthcoming Chapters

    • ‘Inter-Relations: Science Fiction and the Gothic in Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, ed. G. Canavan (2018).