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Language  English
Name  John Browning
Genre  Horror non-fiction

Citizenship  United States
Nationality  American
Role  Author
John Edgar Browning GT Georgia Institute of Technology News Center
Born  October 14, 1980 (age 35) Nashville, Tennessee, United States (1980-10-14)
Occupation  Writer, Scholar, Teacher
Alma mater  Florida State University; University of Central Oklahoma; Louisiana State University; University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Books  Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010
Education  Florida State University, Louisiana State University, University of Central Oklahoma

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John Edgar Browning (born October 14, 1980) is an American author, editor, and scholar recognized internationally 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.


John Edgar Browning GT Georgia Institute of Technology News Center

Browning is considered an "expert on vampires specializing in the Dracula figure in film, literature, television, and popular culture." His works expound upon Dracula, horror, vampires, the supernatural, the un-dead, Bram Stoker, and gothic and cultural theory. As a vampire scholar, Browning has appeared in two documentary television series: The National Geographic Channel's Taboo USA, formerly Taboo (2002 TV series), and Discovery Channel's William Shatner's Weird or What?

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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." For the book, Browning won the Lord Ruthven Award, an award for deserving work in vampire fiction or scholarship. 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.

Education & Teaching

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).

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. One of the courses Browning taught at SUNY-Buffalo was "A Cultural History of the Walking Dead," a fifteen-week course. The course drew on Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend as well as the films of George Romero. At Georgia Tech, Browning has continued to teach on vampires, zombies, and monsters, adding to that list the Slasher in a course entitled, "The Slasher Film: Gender, Disability, and Transgression."

Doctoral dissertation

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. 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." 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.” Browning has more recently elaborated on his experiences in Palgrave Communications, The Conversation UK, Discover (magazine) and The Atlantic.

TV appearances

  • Taboo USA (2013), formerly Taboo
  • William Shatner's Weird or What? (2012)
  • As author

  • 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
  • Zombie Talk: Culture, History, Politics (Palgrave Pivot) as author with David R. Castillo, David Schmid, and David A. Reilly, afterword by William Egginton
  • As contributing author

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

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula: The Critical Feast, An Annotated Reference of Early Reviews & Reactions, 1897-1913 as editor with afterword by J. Gordon Melton
  • Draculas, Vampires, and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race, and Culture as editor with Caroline Joan S. Picart, foreword by David J. Skal
  • 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
  • The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker as editor with foreword by Elizabeth Miller and afterword by Dacre Stoker
  • Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories as editor with foreword by David J. Skal and afterword by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • A Quarter Century of Student Life at Tulane: A Dean's Narrative History, 1949-1975 as editor with author John H. Stibbs
  • Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology as editor with Caroline Joan S. Picart
  • The Vampire, His Kith and Kin: A Critical Edition as editor with author Montague Summers
  • The Vampire in Europe: A Critical Edition as editor with author Montague Summers
  • References

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