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At a young age I fell hard for the insane passions, accursed lands, frothy plots, and violent femmes of the Gothic. Having taught "Horror, Ghost & Gothic Fiction" at Lone Star College in Texas since 2000, I've taken sabbaticals and international exploration grants to better understand the wild form, roaming in the deserted graveyards, ruined abbeys, and collapsed castles of Ireland, the UK, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania. Meetings with writers in these lands have enriched the trademark fiction series I compiled and named _Exotic Gothic_. A literary venue in six volumes for new Gothic fiction set outside of its traditional homelands, the anthology sequence has won the Shirley Jackson Award and World Fantasy Award.
A guide to literary Gothdom I debuted is _21st Century Gothic_, a reference book of 53 chapters on the most curious and strange Gothic works from year 2000 on from the world's leading experts.
Recent film books on _The Exorcist_ and _The Shining_ are all from Centipede Press. A new one comes in 2016, _Guillermo del Toro's 'The Devil's Backbone' and 'Pan's Labyrinth': Studies in the Horror Film_.
A new omnibus of the short masterworks and criticism of my favorite (living) London-born Gothicist also crawls out of the coffin in 2016, _Writing Madness: The Short Fiction and Criticism of Patrick McGrath_ (Centipede Press).
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