John Edgar Browning

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John Edgar Browning
Born (1980-10-14) October 14, 1980 (age 38)[1]
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
OccupationWriter, Scholar, Teacher
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationB.A., M.A, Ph.D.
Alma materFlorida State University;
University of Central Oklahoma;
Louisiana State University;
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
GenreHorror non-fiction
Website
gatech.academia.edu/JohnEdgarBrowning

John Edgar Browning (born October 14, 1980) is an American author, editor, and scholar recognized internationally[2] for his nonfiction works about the horror genre and vampires in film, literature, and culture. He is a visiting lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology and teaches in the graduate program in Gothic Studies at National University (California).

Browning is considered an "expert on vampires specializing in the Dracula figure in film, literature, television, and popular culture."[3] His works expound upon Dracula, horror, vampires, the supernatural, the un-dead, Bram Stoker, and gothic and cultural theory. Browning has appeared as a vampire scholar in three documentary television series: The National Geographic Channel's Taboo USA,[4] formerly Taboo (2002 TV series), Discovery Channel's William Shatner's Weird or What?[5][6], and the seven-part AMC documentary series Eli Roth's History of Horror.

For his book Dracula in Visual Media, Browning documented over 700 "domestic and international Dracula films, television programs, documentaries, adult features, animations, and video games . . . [as well as] nearly 1000 domestic and international comic book titles and stage adaptations."[7] For the book, Browning won the Lord Ruthven Award, an award for deserving work in vampire fiction or scholarship.[8] The book was also nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award (a.k.a. a "Rondo Award") for Book of the Year in 2011.[9]

Education & Teaching[edit]

Browning earned his B.A. from Florida State University and then his M.A. at the University of Central Oklahoma. He completed his doctoral coursework in English at Louisiana State University before transferring to American Studies at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY-Buffalo).[10]

At SUNY-Buffalo, Browning received an Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship in the Department of Transnational Studies. While there, Browning continued his doctoral studies and was an adjunct instructor in English.[11] One of the courses Browning taught at SUNY-Buffalo was "A Cultural History of the Walking Dead," a fifteen-week course.[12] The course drew on Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend as well as the films of George Romero.[13] At Georgia Tech, Browning has continued to teach on vampires, zombies, and monsters,[14] adding to that list the Slasher in a course entitled, "The Slasher Film: Gender, Disability, and Transgression."[15]

Doctoral dissertation[edit]

For part of his doctoral dissertation, Browning conducted, over a period of two years, an ethnographic study of people who self-identify as vampire in New Orleans.[16] Browning's fieldnotes recount the experience: "On the eve of the second Tuesday of every month, I have become, to the watchful bystander, a familiar presence in the French Quarter. Flying through the dusky sky over Bourbon Street, as I strolled along casually, were fast, sweeping brown bats: An homage, maybe, to the business of interviewing vampires? To my side hung the trusty brown leather satchel that housed my pen and paper, and digital voice recorder. I left politely at home, of course, the crucifix I didn’t actually own, and the short wooden stake carved for me by an older brother when I was younger. For indeed the vampires with whom I was meeting tonight were not prisoners of lore and legend: theirs was a new lore, and they were becoming very quickly their own legend."[17] Browning extended his ethnographic fieldwork to include real vampires living in Buffalo, NY.

For an op-ed in Deep South Magazine entitled Conversations with Real Vampires, Browning's notes further recount the experience: "We are meeting an hour later than usual for the third month in a row, because the sun, during the summer months, sets closer to 9 instead of 8. Tonight, I will ask for the first time if I can watch them feed.”[18] Browning has more recently elaborated on his experiences in Palgrave Communications,[19] The Conversation UK,[20] twice in Discover (magazine)[21] and The Atlantic.[22]

TV appearances[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

As author[edit]

  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 as author with Caroline Joan S. Picart, afterword by Ian Holt, foreword by Dacre Stoker, introduction by David J. Skal, and contributions by J. Gordon Melton, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, Mitch Frye, Laura Helen Marks, and Dodd Alley[23]
  • Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics (Palgrave Pivot) as author with David R. Castillo, David Schmid, and David A. Reilly, afterword by William Egginton[24]

As contributing author[edit]

  • Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism as a contributor with editors Katarina Gregersdotter, Johan Höglund, and Nicklas Hållén[25]
  • Asian Gothic: Essays on Literature, Film and Anime as a contributor with editor Andrew Hock Soon Ng[26]
  • The Atlantic[27]
  • B-Movie Gothic: International Perspectives as a contributor with editors Justin D. Edwards and Johan Höglund[28]
  • A Companion to the Horror Film as a contributor with editor Harry M. Benshoff[29]
  • The Conversation UK[20]
  • The Criminal Humanities: An Introduction (Criminal Humanities & Forensic Semiotics) as a contributor with editors Michael Andrew Arntfield and Marcel Danesi[30]
  • Dead Reckonings: Review of Horror Literature (journal)[31]
  • Dracula: An International Perspective (Palgrave Gothic) as a contributor with editor Marius-Mircea Crisan[32]
  • Encyclopedia of American Studies as a contributor with editor Simon J. Bronner[33]
  • Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture as a contributor with editor S. T. Joshi[34]
  • Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth as a contributor with editors June Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonesca[35]
  • English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 (journal)[36]
  • Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror as a contributor with editors Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad[37]
  • Ghosts in Popular Culture and Legend as contributor with editors June Michele Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonseca[38]
  • Gothic Studies (journal)[39]
  • The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature (journal)[40]
  • Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears as a contributor with editor Matt Cardin[41]
  • Horror Studies (journal)[42]
  • Huffington Post[43]
  • Information, Communication & Society (journal)[44]
  • Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema’s Holy Terrors as a contributor with editors Markus Bohlmann and Sean Moreland[45]
  • Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series as a contributor with editor P. C. Cast[46]
  • Palgrave Communications (journal)[19]
  • Religion & Literature (journal)[47]
  • Routledge Companion to Death and Dying (Routledge Religion Companions) as contributor with editor Christopher Moreman[48]
  • Studies in the Fantastic (No. 2) (journal) as a contributor with editor S.T. Joshi[49]
  • Supernatural and Philosophy: Metaphysics and Monsters... for Idjits as a contributor with editor Galen A. Foresman and series editor William Irwin[50]
  • Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming as a contributor with editors Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper[51]
  • Victorian Literature and Culture (journal)[52]
  • The Zombie Film: From White Zombie to World War Z as a contributor with authors Alain Silver and James Ursini[53]

As editor[edit]

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula: The Critical Feast, An Annotated Reference of Early Reviews & Reactions, 1897-1913 as editor with afterword by J. Gordon Melton[54]
  • Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race, and Culture as editor with Caroline Joan S. Picart, foreword by David J. Skal[55]
  • The Fantastic in Holocaust Literature and Film: Critical Perspectives (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy) as editor with Judith B. Kerman, foreword by Jane Yolen[56]
  • The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker as editor with foreword by Elizabeth Miller and afterword by Dacre Stoker[57]
  • Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories as editor with foreword by David J. Skal and afterword by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro[58]
  • The King in Yellow as editor with author Robert W. Chambers[59]
  • Old Hoggen and Other Adventures as editor with Brian J. Showers and author Bram Stoker[60]
  • A Quarter Century of Student Life at Tulane: A Dean's Narrative History, 1949-1975 as editor with author John H. Stibbs[61]
  • Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology as editor with Caroline Joan S. Picart[62]
  • The Vampire, His Kith and Kin: A Critical Edition as editor with author Montague Summers[63]
  • The Vampire in Europe: A Critical Edition as editor with author Montague Summers[64]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Diamond, Laura, "Sinking his teeth into Dracula." Georgia Tech News Center. Retrieve at: http://www.news.gatech.edu/features/john-edgar-browning
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  4. ^ "National Geographic - Taboo USA".
  5. ^ "John Edgar Browning". IMDB. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Taboo USA". MOADb. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  7. ^ Browning, John Edgar, and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart. Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 (McFarland, 2011), 4.
  8. ^ "John Edgar Browning". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
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  12. ^ Boyd, Luke W. (2013-09-03). "CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE WALKING DEAD". Zombie Research Society. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Discovery Seminar Program – Fall 2014". University at Buffalo. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
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  15. ^ "LMC Course Descriptions," Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media and Communication. Retrieve at: http://www.lmc.gatech.edu/coursedescriptions?coursetype=&term=1&year=10&coursearea=&submit=search.
  16. ^ "John Edgar Browning". Smart Pop Books. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  17. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2010-10-29). "Conversations with Real Vampires". Deep South Magazine. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  18. ^ Merticus. "Conversations With Real Vampires - John Edgar Browning - Deep South Mag". Atlanta Vampire Alliance. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  19. ^ a b Browning, John Edgar (2015). "The real vampires of New Orleans and Buffalo: a research note towards comparative ethnography." Palgrave Communications 1:15006 doi: 10.1057/palcomms.2015.6. Retrieve at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/articles/palcomms20156
  20. ^ a b Browning, John Edgar (2015). "What they do in the shadows: my encounters with the real vampires of New Orleans." The Conversation UK, March 25, 2015. Retrieve at: https://theconversation.com/what-they-do-in-the-shadows-my-encounters-with-the-real-vampires-of-new-orleans-39208
  21. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2015). "Real-Life Vampires Exist, and Researchers Are Studying Them." Discover, March 26, 2015. Retrieve at: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/03/26/real-life-vampires-exist/#.V7TpNY66z8U
  22. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2015). "Life Among the Vampires." The Atlantic, October 31, 2015. Retrieve at: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/life-among-the-vampires/413446/
  23. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2010). Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786433650.
  24. ^ Castillo, David R., David Schmid, David A. Reilly, and John Edgar Browning (2015). Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics (Palgrave Pivot). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1137575241.
  25. ^ Browning, John Edgar. "Oil and the (Geo)Politics of Blood: Towards an Eco-Gothic Critique of Nightwing." In Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism. Ed. Katarina Gregersdotter, Johan Höglund, and Nicklas Hållén. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137496386.
  26. ^ Hock Soon Ng, Andrew (2008). Asian Gothic: Essays on Literature, Film and Anime. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786433353.
  27. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2015). "Life Among the Vampires." The Atlantic, October 31, 2015. Retrieve at: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/life-among-the-vampires/413446/
  28. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2018). "Mummies, Vampires, and Doppelgangers: Hammer's B-Movies and Classic Gothic Fiction." In B-Movie Gothic: International Perspectives. Justin D. Edwards and Johan Höglund. Edinburgh University Press Press. ISBN 978-1474423441.
  29. ^ Benshoff, Harry M. (2014). A Companion to the Horror Film. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0470672600.
  30. ^ Williams, DJ, and John Edgar Browning. “Looking Inside the Coffin: An Overview of Contemporary Human Vampirism and Its Relevance for Forensics Professionals.” In The Criminal Humanities: An Introduction (Criminal Humanities & Forensic Semiotics). Ed. Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi. Peter Lang. ISBN 9781433131943.
  31. ^ Browning, John Edgar. Dead Reckonings: Review of Horror Literature 5 (Spring 2009)-9 (Spring 2011), 11 (Spring 2012)-15 (Spring 2014). Ed. S.T. Joshi, Jack Madison Haringa, June M. Pulliam, and Tony Fonseca. http://www.hippocampuspress.com/journals/dead-reckonings
  32. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2017). "Dracula's Oracular History." In Dracula: An International Perspective (Palgrave Gothic). Ed. Marius-Mircea Crisan. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3319633664.
  33. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2015). "Vampire and Vampirism." In Encyclopedia of American Studies. Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieve at: http://eas-ref.press.jhu.edu/view?aid=869
  34. ^ Joshi, S. T. (2012). Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture. Greenwood. ISBN 978-0313378331.
  35. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2014). "I Am Legend, Richard Matheson," "I Am Legend, The Omega Man, and The Last Man on Earth," and "Voodoo." In Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth. Ed. June Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonesca. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-1440803888.
  36. ^ McAlduff, Paul S., and John Edgar Browning (2014). "Bram Stoker’s 'Lost' Sketch: 'To the Rescue'." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 57(3): 299-308. ISSN 0013-8339. http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/english_literature_in_transition/v057/57.3.mcalduff.pdf
  37. ^ Moreland, Sean (2013). Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786468201.
  38. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2016). "The Entity" and "Rosemary Ellen Guiley." In Ghosts in Popular Culture and Legend. Ed. June Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonesca. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-1440834905.
  39. ^ McAlduff, Paul S., and John Edgar Browning (2016). "Bram Stoker's Oeuvre and 'Other Knowledges': The 'Lost' Book Review of Norman Macrae's Highland Second-Sight (1909)." Gothic Studies 18(2): 1-10. ISSN 2050-456X Parameter error in {{issn}}: Invalid ISSN.. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7227/GS.0010
  40. ^ Browning, John Edgar (Samhain 2015). "Something in His Blood: An Interview with David J. Skal." The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature 6: 74-83. ISSN 2009-6089. Retrieve at: https://www.academia.edu/20095039/_Something_in_His_Blood_An_Interview_with_David_J._Skal_uncorrected_proof_
  41. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2017). "Horror Criticism" (essay), "Vampire Fiction from Dracula to Lestat and Beyond" (essay), "Bram Stoker," and "Montague Summers." In Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears. Ed. Matt Cardin. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-1440842016.
  42. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2013). "Survival horrors, survival spaces: Tracing the modern zombie (cine)myth." Horror Studies 2(1): 41-59. ISSN 2040-3275. Retrieve at: https://www.academia.edu/6697551/_Survival_Horrors_Survival_Spaces_Tracing_the_Modern_Zombie_Cine_Myth_
  43. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2013). "Henry Irving and Dreams of 'Dracula': Bram Stoker's Lost Writings." Hufffington Post (HuffPost Books), January 14, 2013. Retrieve at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-edgar-browning/henry-irving-and-dreams-o_b_2471874.html
  44. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2014). "Review of Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader." Information, Communication & Society DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.987153. Retrieve at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369118X.2014.987153?journalCode=rics20#.VNZZP8aVg3g
  45. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2015). "Disability and Slasher Cinema’s Unsung 'Children'." In Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema’s Holy Terrors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786494798. Retrieve at: https://www.academia.edu/7115463/_Remarks_Towards_Disability_and_Slasher_Cinema_s_Unsung_Children_abstract_
  46. ^ Cast, P. C. (2011). Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series. Smart Pop. ISBN 978-1935618553.
  47. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2012). "Review of Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural." Religion & Literature 44(3): 277-279. ISSN 2328-6911. Retrieve at: https://www.academia.edu/8336395/Review_of_Gothicka_Vampire_Heroes_Human_Gods_and_the_New_Supernatural_Harvard_University_Press_2012_by_Victoria_Nelson
  48. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2016). "Vampires and Zombies." In Routledge Companion to Death and Dying (Routledge Religion Companions). Ed. Christopher Moreman. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138852075.
  49. ^ Joshi, S. T. (2009). Studies in the Fantastic (No. 2). University of Tampa Press. ISBN 978-1597320580.
  50. ^ Foresman, Galen A. (2013). Supernatural and Philosophy: Metaphysics and Monsters... for Idjits. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1118615959.
  51. ^ Miller, Cynthia J. (2013). Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0810892644.
  52. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2013). "Dracula's Bram Stoker: 'The Wrongs of Grosvenor Square,' 'Bengal Roses,' and Other Lost Periodical Writings." Victorian Literature and Culture 41(2): 391-407. ISSN 1060-1503. Retrieve at: https://www.academia.edu/7232645/_Draculas_Bram_Stoker_The_Wrongs_of_Grosvenor_Square_Bengal_Roses_and_Other_Lost_Periodical_Writings_
  53. ^ Silver, Alain (2014). The Zombie Film: From White Zombie to World War Z. Applause Theatre & Cinema. ISBN 978-0879108878.
  54. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2012). Bram Stoker's Dracula: The Critical Feast, An Annotated Reference of Early Reviews & Reactions, 1897-1913. Apocryphile Press. ISBN 978-1937002213.
  55. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2009). Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race, and Culture. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0810866966.
  56. ^ Kerman, Judith B., and John Edgar Browning, eds. (2015). The Fantastic in Holocaust Literature and Film: Critical Perspectives (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy). McFarland. ISBN 978-0786458745.
  57. ^ Stoker, Bram (2012). The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1137277220.
  58. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2012). Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 978-0764340826.
  59. ^ Chambers, Robert W. (2018). The King in Yellow, ed. John Edgar Browning. Lanternfish Press.ISBN 978-1941360132.
  60. ^ Stoker, Bram (2017). Old Hoggen and Other Adventures, ed. John Edgar Browning and Brian J. Showers. Swan River Press. ISBN 978-1783800186.
  61. ^ Stibbs, John H. (2013). A Quarter Century of Student Life at Tulane: A Dean's Narrative History, 1949-1975. Margaret Media, Inc. ISBN 978-0985568627.
  62. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2012). Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230114500.
  63. ^ Summers, Montague (2011). The Vampire, His Kith and Kin: A Critical Edition. Apocryphile Press. ISBN 978-1937002176.
  64. ^ Summers, Montague (2014). The Vampire in Europe: A Critical Edition, ed. John Edgar Browning. Apocryphile Press. ISBN 978-1940671451.