My primary research area is horror films for children in Hollywood cinema. This was the basis of my PhD thesis (available here) and I have developed this research into a monograph entitled Horror Films for Children: Fear and Pleasure in American Cinema, published by Bloomsbury in 2021. My journal article on the subject in Velvet Light Trap (2016) was awarded runner-up for Best Doctoral Student Article 2018 by the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies and was short-listed for Screen’s Annette Kuhn Essay Award 2017.
I am continuing to explore the intersections between children’s media and the horror genre with recent and ongoing projects including a study of children’s horror anthology programmes (e.g. Goosebumps) and the relationship between animation and horror in children’s cinema. This interest in animated horror led to a symposium on Watership Down (1978) in 2018 which explored the production, aesthetics, reception and ongoing cultural legacy of this landmark of British animation. An edited collection arising from this event is forthcoming for Bloomsbury's 'Animation: Key Films/Filmmakers' series. I am also interested in issues of spectatorship, aesthetics, and representation (especially, of children) in children's cinema, horror and animation.