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Name: Liam Hathaway

PhD: Killer Bugs

Thesis Title: "Monsters by the Millions: An Eco-cultural History of the 'Killer Bug' Film"


Thesis Description:

 An eco-cultural investigation into killer bug films and how they articulate humankind's impact upon the natural world.

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

  • First supervisor: Matthew Jones (De Montfort University)
  • Second supervisor: Xavier Mendik (Birmingham City University)
  • Third Supervisor: Ian Hunter (De Montfort University)


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links)

  • Men in BlackThe AbyssThe Thing. In: Levy, M., ed., Aliens in Popular Culture. (Publisher TBC, forthcoming 2019 – sections accepted).

  • Financial Suffocation: Post-recession Turmoil and Detroit’s Continued Decline in Don’t Breathe. In: Faucette, B., ed., Occupy the Screen(s): The Great Recession in Media. (Publisher TBC, forthcoming 2019 – chapter written).

  • Embracing Eternity (Slaughterhouse-Five screening program essay for Science Fiction Theatre). (2018).

  • Capricorn One; Colossus: The Forbin Project. In: Ainsley, G., ed., Science Fiction Theatre Compendium. (Publisher TBC, forthcoming 2018 – sections accepted).

  • Dreams Require Sacrifice: Fame, Fortune and Body-Horror in Starry Eyes (Co-authored with Craig Ian Mann). In: K. Nowak-McNeice and A. Zarzycka, eds., A Dark California: Essays on Dystopian Depictions in Popular Culture. North Carolina: McFarland, 2018, pp. 101-115.

  • Pushing the Envelope: ‘The Rise of the ‘Dark Thriller’. The Void 1 (2), 2017.

  • ‘Long Live the New Flesh: Body-Horror in the 21st Century’. The Void 1 (1), 2015.


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  • “We Make Our Own Luck”: Killer Bugs and the Immigrant Experience in Most Beautiful Island. “It Is True, We Shall Be Monsters”: New Perspectives on Horror, Science Fiction and the Monstrous Onscreen. De Montfort University, 13 June 2018.
  • Monsters by the Millions: An Eco-cultural Investigation of the ‘Killer Bug’ Film. Horror, Cult and Exploitation Media II. Northumbria University, 4 May 2018.

  • The Post-post Apocalypse: The ‘Quiet Apocalypse’ in Twenty-first Century Horror Cinema. Fear 2000: 21st Century Horror Conference. Sheffield Hallam University, 6-7 April 2018.

  • A Web of Lies: The ‘Killer Spider’ Film in the Twenty-first Century. Fear 2000: 21st Century Horror Conference. Sheffield Hallam University, 21-22 April 2017.



Other Research Interests:

Though I am interested in all aspects of cinema, my key interests are horror, neo-noir, science-fiction, and, in particular, how genre films can diversely reflect the cultural moment.


University email address:

Twitter: @LiamVIII


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