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Luke Turley

Lancaster University

County College



Thesis Outline

Luke's thesis explores how speculative fiction engages with the ecocritism, specificially considering how, by drawing upon modes and tropes from various speculative genre traditions - such as Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction - Spec Fic can inform our understanding of the Anthropocene.

Research overview

Luke's research focuses on Speculative Fiction, an umbrella term which encompasses genre fiction such as Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, and the Gothic with my more specific interests being Fantasy and the Gothic.  He engages with this interest through readings of various media including film, television, novels, and videogames.

Current Teaching

Luke has taught in the Department of Sociology on the first year SWK116 Contemporary Social Problems module from October 2019 to the present.

From October 2021, he has also begun teaching in the English and Creative Writing Department on ENGL 100 British Literature.

Career Details

Editorial and Organisational Experience

Executive Editor for LUX: Undergraduate Jounral of Literature and Culture. (January 2019 to July 2020).


Co-Organised the Gothflix conference. Taking place at Lancaster University on the 1st and 2nd February 2020, this conference explored examples of Horror and the Gothic on the Netflix streaming platform.


Co-Organised the Next-Gen 2019 conference. Taking place at Lancaster University in June 2019, this conference was a study day for PhD students and early research students to present papers relating to videogame studies.


Conference Papers

‘Who Doesn’t Love a Good Scare?’: Liberal Horror in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018). International Gothic Association 2019: Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror. Lewis University, USA. 30th July – 2nd Aug 2019. (1st Aug).


‘Unholy Relicts’: Monsters in the Polluted World of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015). Next-Gen 2019. Lancaster University. 20th June 2019.


‘Who Doesn’t Love a Good Scare?’: Liberal Horror in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018). Gothic Spectacle. Lancaster University. 1st June 2019.


‘This is Hell, of course there’s a gift shop’: Gothic Afterlives in The Good Place (2016). Reimagining the Gothic V: Returns, Revenge, Reckonings. University of Sheffield. 10th-12th May 2019 (11th May).


‘On this island I find degeneracy’: Reading island narratives through a Gothic lens. Reimagining the Gothic IV: Aesthetics and Archetypes. University of Sheffield. 26th-28th Oct 2018 (27th Oct).


‘A Survivor is Born’: Considering the Castaway in the Contemporary ‘Island Gothic’. Anomalies: A Conference. Lancaster University. 20th June 2018.


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