David has an internationally recognised research profile having published widely with many respected UK based and International, scholarly publishers.
- Simmons, D. American Horror Fiction and Class: From Poe to Twilight. London and New York: Palgrave. 2017. 978113753280-0.
- Jowett, L., Simmons, D. and Robinson, K. L., (eds.) Time on Television: Narrative Time, Time Travel and Time Travellers in Popular Television Culture. London: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd. 2016. 9781784530136.
- Allen, N., Simmons, D. (eds) Reassessing the Contemporary Canon: From Joseph Conrad to Zadie Smith. New York and London: Palgrave, 2015. 9781137366009.
- Simmons, D. “H.P. Lovecraft and real person fiction: the pulp author as subcultural avatar”. In: Sederholm, C. H. and Weinstock, J. A. (eds.) The Age of Lovecraft. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2016. pp. 149-165.
- Simmons, D. “Bonanza was never like this..,” Quantum Leap and interrogating nostalgia. In: Jowett, L., Robinson, K. L. and Simmons, D. (eds.) Time on Television: Narrative Time, Time Travel and Time Travellers in Popular Television Culture. London: IB Tauris.2016. pp. 145-156.
- Simmons, D. “’Hundred-per-cent American Con Man’: Character in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. In: Allen, N., Simmons, D. (eds) Reassessing the Contemporary Canon: From Joseph Conrad to Zadie Smith. New York and London: Palgrave, 2015. pp. 175-186.
- Member of Editorial Board for the peer reviewed The Open Access Library of the Humanities (2016-)
- Member of Editorial Board for the peer reviewed The Journal of Popular Culture (2015-)
- Member of Editorial Board for the peer reviewed Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present (2014-)
- Member of Editorial Board of BAAS: US Studies Online peer reviewed journal.(2014-)
- Manuscript reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan in area of Contemporary American Literature (2012-)
- Member of ABES (Annotated Bibliography of English Studies),Contributor/reviewer of Contemporary American Literature (2009-)
- Founder member of the Kurt Vonnegut Society (2009-)
- Member of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies (2006-)
- Regular Radio Appearances on BBC Radio Northampton and NNBC, 2015-present
In addition to the outlined scholarly research David has recently had success bidding for an AHRC network grant (£29,000) for a project entitled “Diaspora Screen Media Network”.
As Research Co-ordinator for the project, David played a key part in writing the application documents and is am currently involved in the successful organisation and running of the network’s events and website. The project aims to create a space for those interested and active in the areas of Black British and British Asian Screen Media to discuss pertinent issues and brings together two of the University’s key ongoing interests: Diversity Digital Teaching/Learning.
The project has already involved the participation of the local community and national/international organisations such as The Muslim Film Council, the BBC, and Film Hub Midlands. The intention is for the team to apply for follow on funding from the AHRC once the project’s initial running period has ended.
Current research projects
David continues to be research active, publishing numerous chapters, journal articles, and book length projects. David is currently working on two projects, the first with Liverpool University Press for a monograph on Monsters in Popular Culture, and the second with The University of Wales Press for a book on Shared Universes in Horror Fiction and Film.
Areas for supervision of research students
Since becoming a permanent member of staff, David has been involved with the supervision of 7 PhD students, on such diverse subjects as Trauma in Marvel Movies, Transmedia and H.P. Lovecraft. Southern Gothic Fiction, and Depiction of Algeria in Fiction.
David would be interested in supervising doctoral work in the areas of:
- Gothic/Horror fiction
- Adaptation and transmedia incarnations of Lovecraft’s work
- Pulp fiction
- Twentieth Century U.S. Fiction
- Literature and Existentialism
- The Frankfurt School and Literature/Popular Culture
- The Western
- Travel Writing
- Cult TV and Film