Midnight Cowboy. London: British Film Institute, in preparation.

Darkness in the Bliss-Out: A Reconsideration of the Films of Steven Spielberg. Bloomsbury, New York, 2014.

Film Violence: History, Ideology, Genre. Wallflower Press, London, 2009.

Hollywood Bloodshed: Violence in 1980s American Cinema. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, 2009.

Edited Books

 A Companion to the Action Film. In publication at Wiley-Blackwell, Walden, MA, 2019.

Book Chapters

“Notes on the Lucas-Spielberg Syndrome.” In George Lucas: Readings on His Life and Career in Hollywood, edited by Richard Ravalli. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. In preparation.

Jurassic Park and Spielberg’s Scientists.” Chapter in The Jurassic Park Book, edited by Ian Hunter and Matt Melia. In publication at Bloomsbury Academic, New York.

“Man’s Greatest Catastrophe: Violence in the Films of Cornel Wilde.” Chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Violence in Film and Media, edited by Steve Choe. Palgrave, New York, 2022.

“Negative Epiphanies and Sublime Emotion in Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” Chapter in Negative Pleasures: The Cinematic Sublime, edited by Nathan Carroll. Intellect Press, Bristol, UK, 2020.

“Extreme Violence and Western Cinema.” Chapter in The Cambridge World History of Violence, Volume 4: The Modern World, edited by Louise Edwards, Nigel Penn, and Jay Winter. In publication, Cambridge University Press, 2019.

“Finding His Voice: Experimentation and Innovation in Duel, The Sugarland Express, and 1941.” Chapter in A Companion to Steven Spielberg, edited by Nigel Morris. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ, 2017.

“The Terrible, Horrible Desire to Know: Post-9/11 Horror Remakes, Reboots, Sequels, and Prequels.” Chapter in American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11, edited by Terence McSweeney. Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

“An Improbable Career: The Films of Terrence Malick.” Chapter in Theology and the Films of Terrence Malick, edited by Christopher B. Barnett and Clark J. Ellston. Routledge, New York, 2016.

“Ambiguous Loss: The Depiction of Child Abduction in Spielberg’s Early Films.” Chapter in Children in the Films of Steven Spielberg, edited by Adrian Schober and Debbie Olson. Lexington Books, Washington, DC, 2016.

“Slasher Films and Gore in the 1980s.” Chapter in A Companion to the Horror Film, edited by Harry Benshoff. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ, 2014.

The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Amistad,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Minority Report,” “The Terminal,” “War of the Worlds.” Chapter entries in The Take2 Guide to Steven Spielberg, edited by Adam Zanzie. New York: Take2 Publishing, 2014.

The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Amistad,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Minority Report,” “The Terminal,” “War of the Worlds.” Chapter entries in The Take2 Guide to Steven Spielberg, edited by Adam Zanzie, Take2 Publishing, New York, 2014.

“A Return to the Graveyard: Notes on the Spiritual Horror Film.” Chapter in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium, edited by Steffen Hantke, University Press of Mississippi, 2010.

“Representing the Unrepresentable: 9/11 on Film and Television.” Chapter in Why We Fought: America’s Wars in Film and History, edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O’Connor, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2008.

“A Nasty Situation: Social Panics, Transnationalism, and the Video Nasty.” Chapter Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear, edited by Steffen Hantke, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, MS, 2004.

“Jacob’s Ladder” and “Haxan.” Chapter entries 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Jay Schneider, Quintet Publishing, London, 2004.

Journal Articles

“Phantom Cinema: Illuminating the Structuring Absences of Film History.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video, January 2013, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 62–73.

“Disturbing New Pathways: Psycho and the Priming of the Audience.” Journal of Popular Film and Television, Winter 2010, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 2–9.

“Razors in the Dreamscape: Revisiting A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Slasher Film.” Film Criticism, Spring 2009, Vol, 33, No. 3, pp. 17–33.

“Aspect Ratios and Joe Six-Packs: Home Theater Enthusiasts’ Battle to Legitimize the DVD Experience.” The Velvet Light Trap, Fall 2005, No. 56, pp. 58–70.

“Danish Horror: A Witches’ Brew of Fact, Fiction, and Spectacle: Benjamin Christensen’s Haxan (The Witch, 1922).” Kinoeye, October 13, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 11. (

“What is the Criterion? The Criterion Collection as an Archive of Film as Culture.” Journal of Film and Video, Summer/Fall 2001, Vol. 53, Nos. 2 & 3, pp. 124–139.

“Marxist Ideology in Three Films by James Cameron.” Journal of Popular Film and Television, Fall 1999, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 36–44.

Magazine Articles

“A Greatly Exaggerated Death: The Persistent Power of the Cinema.” Baylor Magazine, Summer 2006, p. 25. (

Film and Book Reviews

“Review of The Fascination of Film Violence by Henry Bacon.” Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, Summer 2018, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 113–118.

“The Many Shades of Red: On New Hollywood Violence, edited by Steven Jay Schneider.” Film-Philosophy, 2006, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 104–108. (

“Review of Hindle Wakes (1927), directed by Maurice Elvey.” The Moving Image, Spring 2006, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 139–142.

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