Children’s Gothic: An Interview with Michael Howarth




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Michael Howarth is a Professor of English at Missouri Southern States University and his main teaching areas are creative writing, film studies, American literature to the 1900s, British literature of the 19th century and children’s and young adult literature. He is also an author of both fiction and critical texts such as Under the Bed, Creeping: Psychoanalyzing the Gothic in Children’s Literature (2014) and Movies to See Before You Graduate from High School (2019), which is an analysis of 60 movies that he considers essential viewing for teenagers. He is also an author of fiction: in 2016 he published Fair Weather Ninjas, a young adult novel, and in 2021 his first Gothic novel titled A Still and Awful Red. He is a member of the Children’s Literature Association and the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, as well as Sigma Tau Delta.



Brooks Wallace, Barbara. Peppermints in the Parlor. Simon and Schuster, 2005.

Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Macmillan, 1865.

Collodi, Carlo. Le avventure di Pinocchio. Libreria Editrice Felice Paggi, 1883.

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard. Harper Collins, 2008.

Gemeinhart, Dan. Scar Island. Scholastic Inc., 2017.

Hodgson Burnett, Frances. The Secret Garden. Frederick A. Stokes, 1911.

Howarth, Michael. Under the Bed, Creeping: Psychoanalyzing the Gothic in Children’s Literature. McFar-land, 2014.

Pullman, Philip. Carnegie Medal Acceptance Speech, 1996.

Schwartz, Alvin. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Harper Collins, 2019.

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. HarperCollins, 1988.

Films and TV series

Curse of the Cat People. Dir. Val Lewton. RKO Radio Pictures, 1944.

Frankenweenie. Dir. Tim Burton. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2012.

Halloween. Dir. John Carpenter. Compass International Pictures, 1978.

Jaws. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Universal Pictures, 1975.

ParaNorman. Dirs. Sam Fell and Chris Butler. Laika, 2012.




How to Cite

Orrù, M., & Howarth , M. . (2022). Children’s Gothic: An Interview with Michael Howarth. REDEN. Revista Española De Estudios Norteamericanos, 3(2), 69-79.