Nick Groom is Professor in English at the University of Exeter and is known in the media as the ‘Prof. of Goth’. He has published widely for both academic and popular readerships, and among his many books are The Forger’s Shadow (2002), The Union Jack (2006, rev. edn 2017), The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (2012), The Seasons: A Celebration of the English Year (2014), and editions of a variety of eighteenth-century texts, from crime writing to Shakespeare. He has edited Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (2014), Matthew Lewis’s The Monk (2016), Ann Radcliffe’s The Italian (2017), and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (2018) for Oxford World’s Classics. His next book is The Vampire: A New History, which will be published this autumn by Yale University Press.
Interviews with Nick Groom
‘The Gothic’ can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films and a recent subculture. Here, Nick Groom—who is professor in English at the University of Exeter and is also known as the ‘Prof. of Goth’—recommends five of the best books on the Gothic, showing how this term remains central to the way we think of our identities today.