Dr Stacey Abbott

Dr Stacey Abbott

Reader in Film & Television Studies

Department of Media, Culture and Language


I am a Reader in Film and Television Studies. I am the Series Editor for the Investigating Cult TV series at I.B. Tauris and I am the Vice-President of the Whedon Studies Association.  I was Programme Convener for Film between 2008-2011. Before joining the University of Roehampton in 2002, I worked as an Education Officer for the British Film Institute, organising lectures, seminars and conferences as part of the public cinema programme at the BFI Southbank.

My most recent publications include TV Horror: Investigating the Dark Side of the Small Screen (I.B. Tauris,2013), co-written with Lorna Jowett from the University of Northampton and Supernatural: TV Goes to Hell (ECW Press, 2011), co-edited with David Lavery from Middle Tennessee State University. I have also recently guest edited, with Simon Brown of Kingston University, a special issue of the journal Science Fiction Film and Television examining the legacy of The X-Files. I am currently co-organising a conference on the vampire on television, TV Fangdom, at the University of Northampton - 7-8 June 2013.


BFA (Concordia University), MA (University of East Anglia), PhD (Birbkeck College, University of London)

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Consultancy experience

Teaching interests



"Take Back the Night: The Female VAmpire in New York."  Burying Life: The Vampire and Zombie in Film and Television. Eds. Leon Hunt, Milly Williamson and Sharon Lockyer. I.B. Tauris, forthcoming.

"'Enough of this Action, Let's Get Back to Dancing': Joss Whedon Directs Angel." The Essential Joss Whedon Reader. Eds. Tanya Chochran, Cynthea Masson, David Lavery and Rhonda V. Wilcox. Syracuse University Press, forthcoming.

"The Battlefield for the Soul: Special F/X and the Possessed Body in the Modern Horror Genre." Special Effects: New Histories, Theories, Contexts. Eds. Rob Rehak, Dan North and Michael S. Duffy. BFI Publishing, forthcoming.

"The Undead in the Kingdom of Shadows: The Rise of the Cinematic Vampire." Open Graves, Open Minds. Eds Sam George and Bill Hughes. Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2013.

"Walking Corpses, Regenerating Dead, and Alien Bodies: Monstrous Embodiment in Torchwood." Torchwood Declassified. Ed. Rebecca Williams. I.B. Tauris, forthcoming 2013.

"TV Loves Fangs: The Televisuality of HBO Horror." True Blood: Investigating Vampires and Southern Gothic. Ed. Brigid Cherry. I.B. Tauris, 2012.

"Angel 101." Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion PopMatters. Ed. Mary Alice Money. Titan Publishing, 2012.

"Rabbits Feet and Spleen Juice: The Comedi Strategies of TV Horror." TV Goes to Hell: The Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural. Eds. Stacey Abbott and David Lavery. ECW Press, 2011.

"It [Re]Started with a Girl: The Creative Interplay between Television and Comics in Angel-After the Fall." Literature and Joss Whedon's Angel. Eds. AmiJo Comford and Tamy Burnett. McFarland Publishing, 2010.

"The Art of Sp(l)atter: Body Horror in Dexter." Investigating Dexter: Cutting Edge Television. Ed. Douglas Howard. I.B. Tauris, 2010. Co-written with Simon Brown.

"Never Give Up and Never Surrender: The Resilience of Cult Television." The Cult TV Book. Ed. Stacey Abbott. I.B. Tauris, 2010.

"Innovative TV." The Cult TV Book. Ed. Stacey Abbott. I.B. Tauris, 2010.

"Ultraviolet."  The Essential Cult TV Reader. Ed. David Lavery. University Press of Kentucky, 2009.

"High Concept Thrills and Chills: The Horror Blockbuster." Horror Zone. Ed. Ian Conrich. I.B. Tauris, 2009.

"How Lost Found its Audience: The Making of a Cult Blockbuster." Reading Lost. Ed. Roberta Pearson. I.B. Tauris, 2009.

"Prom-Coms: Reliving the Dreams and Nightmares of High School Romance." Falling in Love Again: The Romantic Comedy in Contemporary Cinema. Eds. Stacey Abbott and Deborah Jermyn. I.B. Tauris, 2009.

"'Can't Stop the Signal': The Resurrection/Regeneration of Serenity." Investigating Firefly/Serenity. Eds. Rhonda V. Wilcox and Tanya Cochran. I.B. Tauris, 2008.

"Final Frontiers: Computer-Generated Imagery and the Science-Fiction Film" in Science Fiction Studies(Spring 2006).

"From Madman in the Basement to Self-Sacrificing Champion: The Multiple Faces of Spike", in The European Journal of Cultural Studies (August 2005)

"Walking the Fine Line Between Angel and Angelus", Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies8 (August 2002), www.slayage.tv 

"A Little Less Ritual and a Little More Fun," in [Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies3 (June 2001), www.slayage.tv


TV Horror: Investigating the Dark Side of the Small Screen. I.B. Tauris: 2013. Co-written with Lorna Jowett.

Supernatural: TV Goes to Hell. ECW Press, 2011. Co-edited with David Lavery.

The Cult TV Book. I.B. Tauris, 2010. Editor.

Angel-TV Milestone. Wayne State University Press, 2009. Author.

Falling in Love Again: The Contemporary Romantic Comedy. I.B. Tauris, 2009. Co-edited with Deborah Jermyn.

Celluloid Vampires: the Undead in the Modern World. The University of Texas Press, 2007. Author.

Investigating Alias: Secrets and Spies. I.B. Tauris, 2007. Co-editor with Simon Brown.

Reading Angel: The TV Spin-off with a Soul. I.B. Tauris, 2005. Editor.


Slayage 4, Flagler College, St. Augustine Florida, June 2010, " 'Enough of the Action, Let's Get Back to Dancing': Joss Whedon Directs Angel". 

Cine-Excess IV, Brunel University, London, May 2010, " 'It's Not Easy Just Looking at You Jack, Cause You're Wrong': The Monstrous Body of Captain Jack Harkness".

Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture, University of Hertfordshire April 2010 "Cancer with a Purpose: Putting the Cinematic Vampire Under the Microscope" - Keynote Speaker

Cine-Excess III, Brunel University May 2009, "Take Back the Night: The Female Vampire in New York". 

MeCCSA Women's Media Studies Network, Brunel University, 10 December 2008 "New York and the Vampire Flaneuse: Gender and images of the Undead" - Invited Speaker.

Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses 3, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, June 2008 "'I Don't Know What Kind of Man I am Anymore': The Damaged Man in Angel and post-AngelCult Television" - Featured Speaker.

Buffy Hereafter: From the Whedonverses to the Whedonesque Istanbul October 2007 "'Does Giant Tentacle Spew Come Out With the Dry Cleaning': Angel and TV Horror"

Screen Annual Conference, July 2007 "Prom-Coms: Reliving the Dreams and Nightmares of High School Romance" 

Slayage 2, Gordon College, Barnesville Georgia, June 2006 "Cavemen vs Astronauts - Weapons to be Determined: Angel, Spike and the Buddy Genre" - Keynote Speaker.

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Vancouver Canada, March 2006, "Death Becomes Her: The Afterlife of Angel's Women" 

Bring Your Own Subtext: Social Life, Human Experience and the Works of Joss Whedon, University of Huddersfield, June 2005, "Death Becomes Her: The AFterlife of Angel's Women"

Slayage Conference, Nashville, May 2004, "The Comic Stylings of Wesley Windam-Pryce" 

American Quality Television, Trinity College Dublin, April 2004, "Kung-fu, Capes and Karaoke: Generic Hybridity in Angel

Media Studies Conference, National Film Theatre London, July 2003, "The Cinematic Spectacle of VAmpirism: Vampires and Special Effects Technology" 

Vampires: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, Budapest Hungary, May 2003, "Urban VAmpires in American Films of the 1980s and 1990s" 

New Myths Conference, Buckinghamshire and Chilterns University College2, High Wycombe, May 2003, "Vampire Road Movies" 

Cultures of Technology Symposium, Birkbeck College, November 2002, "Nothing But a Bunch of Gypsy Tricks: CGI Vampires from Buffy to Blade"

Blood, Text and Fears: The First International Buffy Conference, University of East Anglia, October 2002, "Walking the Fine Line Between Angel and Angelus" 

32nd Popular Culture Association's Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, March 2002, "Spectral Vampires: Modern Technology and the Vampire Myth in Cinema"


Review of Karin Beeler's Seers, Witches and Psychics on Screen: An Analysis of Women Visionary Characters in Recent Television and Film in the Canadian Journal of Comparative Literature(forthcoming 2011).

Review of Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik's The Cult Film Reader in Science Fiction Film and Television 3:2 (2010): 316-319.

Review of Frank Borzage: Volumes One & Two DVD in Viewfinder 78 (March 2010): 23. 

Review of Researching Cinema History: Perspectives and Practises in Film HistoriographySymposium, University Portsmouth and the British Universities Film and Video Council, 6-7 July 2009,Scope 16 February 2010, available at: http://www.scope.nottingham.ac.uk/confreport.php?issue=16&id=1196 

"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: A Cult TV Event Without the TV" Critical Studies in Television January 2009, available at www.criticalstudiesintelevision.com/index.php?siid=8871.

"The Conundrum of the Character-Driven Plot in Lost" in In Media Res 13 February 2008, available at: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2008/02/13/the-conundrum-of-the-character-driven-plot-in-lost.

Review of Carl Dreyer's Vampyr in Viewfinder no. 73 (December 2008): 23. 

Review of David Cronenberg's Stereo and Crimes of the Future in Science Fiction Film and Television1:1 (2008): 147-150.

Review of Lincoln Geraghty's Living with Star Trek: American Culture and the Star Trek Universe inCritical Studies in Television 2:2 (2007): 132-135. 

Review of Hamid Reza Sadr's Iranian Cinema: A Political History in Viewfinder no.66 (March 2007): 17. 

Review of Adam Lowenstein's Shocking Representations: Historical Trauma, National Cinema and the Modern Horror Filmin Media, Culture & Society 29:5 (2007): 846-847.

Review of Rhonda Wilcox's Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lorna Jowett's Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan in Critical Studies in Television 1:2 (2006).

Review of Alan Burton and Laraine Porter (eds), Crossing The Pond: Anglo-American Film Relations Before 1930, in The Journal of Popular British Film and Television 1: 2 (June 2005). 

"The Vampire Transformed: Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava's I Vampirir" in Kinoeye 2 18 (November 2002), 

Review of Steve Chibnall and Julian Petley (eds), British Horror Cinema in Viewfinder no. 48 (October 2002)

Contributor to Genre: An Introduction (British Film Institute, 2001)

Contributor to A Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada, Peter Rist (ed)(Greenwood Publishing, 2001)

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