I’m a long-time tabletop gamer, and a former academic and maker. I was a founder member of the Far Horizons Co-Op, and briefly a PhD student (my topic was death and dying in roleplaying games, established and explored through Bakhtin’s chronotopes, and one day I may return to it). Life happened, I took a job as a bookseller, and it’s become necessary to concentrate on that for the foreseeable future.

I detest autobiography (unless it’s talking about My Time With This Game) so I’m afraid that’s your lot.


  • PGCE (DTLLS) – University of Plymouth, 2009

  • MA English & American Studies – University of Manchester, 2008

  • BA English & Creative and Professional Writing – University of Wolverhampton, 2007

Other Publications

  • ‘Gamifying Fictions of Defeat: Adaptations of Lovecraft to Games Media.’ Studies in Gothic Fiction, 7, pp.20–29

  • ‘Creature, Monster, Nameless, Created: Frankenstein transformed in role-playing games.’ Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1818-2018. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2020.

  • ‘The evolving genre of the Vampire RPGs.’ Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic (ed. Clive Bloom). Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

  • Reviews: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Life Is Strange: Before The Storm in Vector, Best of 2017 special (British Science Fiction Association)

  • ‘The Conqueror Worm: Eddison, Modernism, and the War to End All Wars’, in Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I (ed. Janet Brennan Croft). Mythopoeic Press: 2014.

  • Review: ‘Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North’, Mythlore 34.1

  • Review: ‘The Riddles of The Hobbit‘, Mythlore 32.2

Blog Posts



    • International Gothic Association

    • Far Horizons Co-Op

    • Green Party of England and Wales

    • Mythopoeic Society

    • National Association for the Teaching of English

    • National Association of Schoolmasters / Union of Women Teachers

    • Universities and Colleges Union

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