Name John Browning
Genre Horror non-fiction
|Citizenship United States|
|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
Interview with john edgar browning
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.
- Interview with john edgar browning
- Education & Teaching
- Doctoral dissertation
- TV appearances
- As author
- As contributing author
- As editor
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?
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."
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.