The Author

Jon Towlson is the author of the book Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present (McFarland & Co in 2014).

Jon is a regular contributor to Starburst Magazine, and has also written for the BFIParacinema, Exquisite Terror, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror StudiesShadowland Magazine, Bright Lights Film Journal and Digital FilmMaker

He has lectured at Middlesex University, the Arts University Bournemouth and Croydon College, as well as giving talks and signings at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, The University of Brighton's Cine Excess VIII and Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA.


Forthcoming publications:

The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931 - 1936 (McFarland & Co, 2016) (a study of 'gruesomeness' in classic horror cinema: how it was exploited by studios and filmmakers, and censored under the Production Code);

Constellations: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Auteur Publishing/ Columbia University Press, 2016) (monograph on Steven Spielberg's 1977 sci-fi classic);

'Jeff Lieberman' in Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic: Fifty-Four Neglected Authors, Actors, Artists and Others  (ed. Elizabeth McCarthy & Bernice M. Murphy, 2016) (volume of essays on underrated and/or overlooked personages who have contributed to the world of Horror and/or the Gothic).

Devil's Advocates: Candyman (Auteur Publishing/Columbia University Press, 2017) (monograph on Bernard Rose's 1992 adaptation of Clive Barker's The Forbidden)