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Media profile: Dr Maria Mellins

Senior Lecturer - Film and Screen Media and 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

News at St Mary's

St Mary's Mermaid Swim School Promotes Self-Esteem in Young People


St Mary's Symposium Explores the Sea in Popular Culture


St Mary's Academic Publishes Debut Gothic Mystery Novel


St Mary's Academics Edit Clothing Culture Journal

Dr Maria Mellins and Dr Brigid Cherry from St Mary’s University, Twickenham have edited a special issue of the Clothing Cultures Journal. Find out more...

St Mary’s Conference to Discuss Fashion Culture and the Media

On Friday 11th July, St Mary’s University, Twickenham will host a conference exploring the concept of fashion and how it relates to the media. Find out more...


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