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Laura Joyce


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I have taught at Sussex University, where I was the project co-ordinator on the Global Queer Cinemas AHRC project, at Edinburgh Napier University, at York St John University, and the University of East Anglia, where I was director of the MA in Crime Writing during 2017-2018. 

In Spring 2019 I am teaching on the following modules: 

  • Writing Short Fiction 
  • Creative Writing Skills
  • Creative Dissertation 
  • Eco-Writing
  • Genre Writing
  • Experimental Poetry 

Research Interests

I am interested in the formal tension between experimental writing and dark genres including Gothic, horror, crime, and Noir. 

My PhD in Critical Theory and Creative Writing undertaken at Sussex University examined the figure of the dead girl in contemporary experimental writing, as a site of queer and feminist recuperation. I published two short books as a result of this research: The Luminol Reels (Calamari Archive, 2014), an experimental novella narrated by a chorus of dead women, and Luminol Theory (Punctum, 2017), a creative-critical work using forensic crime scene investigation techniques to analyse representations of the dead girl in popular culture, literature, and film. Previously, I published a crime novel which reimagined the murder of Jonbenet Ramsey (The Museum of Atheism, Salt, 2012). 

My co-edited collection Domestic Noir(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) examined the phenomena of this crime subgenre tracing the tradition of the marriage thriller from its roots in fairy tales, Gothic fiction, and Noir cinema. 

My critical work engages with deadly encounters in the forest from the myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, to contemporary rural and folk horror cinema.

I am currently working on two books: an academic procedural thriller based on the Medea myth, and a creative nonfiction book about the violent death of a friend from adolescence, and the current cultural obsession with the trope of the dead girl. 

I am writer-in-residence at the Coffin Works museum in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, where I am co-investigator on "Dead Fashionable" a project on the history of burial shrouds. 



Education/Academic qualification

Critical Theory and Creative Writing, Doctorate, University of Sussex

1 Oct 20111 Jan 2016

Creative Writing , MA, University of Manchester

1 Sep 20091 Dec 2011

Classics, Degree, University of Manchester

1 Sep 20061 Jul 2009

Senior Fellow , Higher Education Academy (HEA)

22 Jan 2019 → …

External positions

External Examiner in Creative and Critical Writing, Birkbeck University of London

1 May 20191 Sep 2022

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Research Output 2008 2019

The Ovidian Locus Terribilis in Contemporary Rural Horror

Joyce, L. E., 2 May 2019, (In preparation) London: Bloomsbury. 272 p. (Imagines )

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Domestic Noir

Joyce, L. (ed.) & Sutton, H. (ed.), 10 May 2018, Palgrave Macmillan. 256 p. (Crime Files)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Crime Fiction
Academic Studies
Domestic Violence

Luminol Theory

Joyce, L., 24 Aug 2017, USA: Punctum. 138 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

violent crime
popular culture

Flesh Home: The Uncanny Female Architecture of Blake Butler's 'EVER'

Joyce, L., 2015, Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism . Hester, H. & Walters, C. (eds.). Surrey, UK: Routledge, p. 199-214 16 p. 13. (Gender, Bodies, Transformation).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sigmund Freud

The Death Bell (Short Story)

Joyce, L., 2014, The New Gothic . Lewis, B. K. (ed.). London: Stoneskin Press, p. 45 -53 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Short Story

Press / Media

Snatch Valentine

Laura Joyce


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