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Dr Maria Mellins

Senior Lecturer - Film and Screen Media

About Research Media


Maria teaches on the Film and Screen Media BA (Hons), Media Arts BA (Hons) and MA in Gothic. The modules she delivers include Contemporary Gothic, the Paradox of Horror, Cult Film and TV, and Screenwriting.

Maria’s book Vampire Culture (Bloomsbury, 2013) explores the London vampire subculture. Drawing on interviews and observations of community activities, Vampire Culture investigates the recent rise in interest in vampire media, including TwilightVampire Diaries, and Alan Ball’s HBO series True Blood, and their consequent impact on gothic fashion and lifestyle accessories.

Maria’s research interests also include film and TV fashion and cosplay. She has recently co-hosted a conference on this subject and worked as a guest editor on a special edition of Clothing Cultures Journal entitled ‘Subverting Fashion’ (Intellect, 2.2, co-edited with Brigid Cherry).

Maria is now researching fairy tales and particularly how the mermaid myth has developed in popular culture.


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In the news

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...

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact our Communications and Public Engagement Manager, Sam Yarnold, by emailling or calling 020 8240 8262.

Areas of expertise

Horror, gothic and vampire media, cult film and TV, subcultures and gothic style, mermaids and mermaid lifestyle

Media experience

Radio interview, live TV interview, quote/interview for news/magazine article,blog, editorial