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Dr. David Simmons

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer in English & Screen Studies
  • Department: Journalism, Media & Performance

General information

​David Simmons is currently Senior Lecturer in English and Screen Studies at the University of Northampton. 

Administrative Positions 

  • Level 4 Year Tutor for Film and Screen Studies and Media Production and the Moving Image 

Other Positions

  • m​ember of the Editorial Board for The Journal of Popular Culture
  • member of the Editorial Board for Americana; The Journal of American Popular Culture
  • peer reviewer for Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural
  • peer reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan in the areas of Contemporary American literature
  • founding member of The Kurt Vonnegut Society 


Module Leader for the following modules:  

  • Reading Literary Genres (Level 4) 
  • Screen Cultures (Level 4) 
  • Visions of America: Contemporary Literature (Level 5)
  • Media Convergence (Level 5)
  • Contemporary British Literature (Level 7)

Other areas of teaching expertise include Popular Fiction, The Weird, and Hollywood Cinema. 


David's research interests lie primarily in twentieth century American popular literature and screen media. More specifically, he has undertaken research work in the following areas: 

  • the horror fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
  • adaptation and transmedia incarnations of Lovecraft's work
  • pulp fictions
  • Socio-political and cultural readings of the post war U.S. novel
  • the work of Kurt Vonnegut, the writing of Herbert Marcuse
  • the work and theory of Albert Camus
  • the western novel
  • the writing of Chuck Palahniuk
  • the field of travel writing,particularly Wilfred Thesiger and Paul Bowle
  • the depiction of development of the hero/anti-hero in U.S. post war fiction and film
  • The cult television series Heroes, South Park, Q​uantum Leap and Supernatural
  • American Horror Story and films of the Hammer and Amicus film studios

Current Research Projects

David will shortly be publishing a co-edited collection of essays on twentieth century canonical British and U.S. fiction as well as a co-edited collection on depictions of time as a concept within genre television.  David is also currently exploring the subject of weird writing in a U.S. context

Areas for Supervision of Rese​arch Students

David welcomes applications for postgraduate research on topics relating to H.P. Lovecraft, weird fiction (particularly in a U.S. context), the postwar U.S. novel, Chuck Palahniuk.​


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