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Media profile: Dr Maria Mellins

Associate Professor - Criminology and Sociology

Dr Maria Mellins research focuses on how myths about supernatural creatures - including mermaids and vampires - are reimagined in contemporary media. Her novel, Returning Eden (Crooked Cat, 2016) is a young adult gothic fairy tale set in contemporary England.

Her last non-fiction book Vampire Culture (Bloomsbury, 2013) draws on interviews and observations of vampire community activities and investigates the recent rise in interest in vampire media.

Dr Mellins also has an interest in horror, gothic and cult film and TV and hosts the Murder Society Podcast.

Areas of expertise

  • True crime,
  • Gothic media
  • Horror media
  • Representations of violence against women
  • Stalking
  • Homicide

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