The house as gothic locus | Keynotes

Evert J. van Leeuwen | Universiteit Leiden
Evert is a lecturer at the English department of Leiden Universiteit in The Netherlands and an expert on fantastic fictions and counter-cultures dating from the 18th century until the present. He is interested in the international dimension of these genres, as he explores how they manifest in the British Isles, the Low Countries and North America. He is also interested in the intertextual relationships among different subgenres like the gothic, horror fiction, and science fiction. He has recently coedited the Routledge volume Haunted Europe: Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media with professor Michael Newton and has written a long list of articles and chapters, among several about the canonical American gothic authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.


Kevin Corstorphine | University of Hull
Kevin is a Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Hull, and Programme Director in American Studies. His research interests lie in horror and Gothic fiction, both literary and popular, and he is particularly interested in representation of space and place, the environment, and haunted locations. He has published widely on authors including Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. He was the co-editor for The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature, published in 2018. He is currently working on several research projects including US imperialism, haunted graveyards, and the use of dungeon spaces in gaming.