Biography

I studied at the University of Sheffield for my BA in English Literature, gained an MA in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool, and completed a doctorate at Lancaster University on the subject of fictional empathy and criminal monsters in the neoconservative USA. Prior to joining Film Studies and English at Keele, I taught at Lancaster University, Liverpool John Moores University, and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Research and scholarship

I work on crime, Gothic, neo-Victorian, and science fiction literature, film, and television in relation to contemporary politics, adaptation, monstrosity, posthumanism, and biopolitics. I have emerging research interests in game narrative and design.

I am an active member of the International Gothic Association.

Teaching

  • Introduction to Television Studies
  • Approaching Film: History and Theory
  • Adaptation
  • Science Fiction Cinema
  • Crime in Neoconservative America

Journal Articles

‘London’s Dispossessed: Questioning the Neo-Victorian Politics of Neoliberal Austerity in Richard Warlow’s Ripper Street’, Victoriographies 6.1 (2016).

‘Beyond the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror and Posthuman Creationism in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus’, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (2016).

‘Perfect Enemies: Neoconservative Hunters and Terrorist Vampires in Joe Ahearne's Ultraviolet (1998)’, Gothic Studies, 15.1 (2013), 44-54.

Book Chapters

‘Fear and Loathing in Suburbia: School Shootings’, in Violence in American Popular Culture, ed. by David Schmid (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2015).

Encyclopaedia Entries

‘Cenobites’, ‘Freddy Krueger’, ‘Pinhead’, and ‘Psychopath’, in The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters, ed. by Jeffrey Weinstock (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014).

Selected Publications

  • McWilliam DS. Beyond the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror and Posthuman Creationism in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 26(3). full text>
  • Mcwilliam DS. 2016. London's Dispossessed: Questioning the Neo-Victorian Politics of Neoliberal Austerity in Richard Warlow's Ripper Street. Victoriographies, 42-61, vol. 6(1). doi> full text>
  • Mcwilliam DS. 'No Alternative: Aborted Revolutions and Lost Futures in Mr. Robot'. full text>

Full Publications Listshow

Journal Articles

  • McWilliam DS. Beyond the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror and Posthuman Creationism in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012). Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 26(3). full text>
  • Mcwilliam DS. 2016. London's Dispossessed: Questioning the Neo-Victorian Politics of Neoliberal Austerity in Richard Warlow's Ripper Street. Victoriographies, 42-61, vol. 6(1). doi> full text>

Other

  • Mcwilliam DS. 'No Alternative: Aborted Revolutions and Lost Futures in Mr. Robot'. full text>