An editor, educator, researcher and writer, most often of essays, but occasionally also of fiction and poetry. @OmNaes on Twitter.
My essays primarily focus on Gothic, horror and weird fiction in its literary, cinematic, and sequential art guises. They have appeared in numerous collections and journals, many of them pictured here.
I co-edited the essay collections Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror (with Aalya Ahmad, McFarland, 2013) and Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema’s Holy Terrors (with Markus Bohlmann, McFarland, 2015), edited The Lovecraftian Poe: Essays on Influence, Reception, Interpretation and Transformation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), and New Directions in Supernatural Horror Literature: The Critical Influence of H. P. Lovecraft (Palgrave, 2018).
Most of my recent scholarly research and writing (including a 2016 article, “Beyond De Rerum Natura Esq,” a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe, “Ancestral Piles: Poe’s Gothic Precursors,” and the essay “The Poet’s Nightmare: The Nature of Things According to Lovecraft,” ) is folding itself uneasily into a book-length study tentatively called “Repulsive Influences: A Historical Poetics of Atomic Horror.” It explores how the philosophical poetics of atomism, linked to the reception and English translations of Lucretius in different historical periods, shaped popular concepts of materialism, mortality, madness, and fate, and thereby the course of Gothic, horror and weird fiction from the early modern period through to the early twenty-first century. Each chapter pairs a particular translation of Lucretius with work by two or more contemporaneous writers and/or artists. It begins with seventeenth century writers including Aphra Behn and Joseph Glanville, moves through eighteenth century writers including Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe and Charles Brockden Brown, nineteenth century writers including Nathan Drake, Mary Shelley and Edgar Poe, twentieth century writers including H. P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson and P. K. Dick, and concludes with contemporary writers including Caitlin R. Kiernan, Thomas Ligotti and Junji Ito.
My short fiction and award-winning poetry has appeared or will appear in places including Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairytales from the Margins, Lackington’s, Black Treacle, Acidic Fiction, Despumation, Pavor Nocturnus, and Dissections.
I’m also currently an associate reviews editor for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, on the editorial board for the Edgar Allan Poe Review, and Division Head of Gothic & Horror Lit for the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.
I teach a wide variety of undergraduate courses (on subjects including Gothic and horror fiction, American literature, comics and sequential art, literature and sexual/gender identities, and intersections between literary, film and digital cultural studies) at the University of Ottawa.