African American Gothic and Horror Fiction: An Interview with Maisha Wester




African American Gothic, horror, interview, Black bodies, race politics


Maisha Wester is an Associate Professor in American Studies at Indiana University. She is also a British Academy Global Professor, hosted at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on racial discourses in Gothic fiction and Horror film, as well as appropriations of Gothic and Horror tropes in sociopolitical discourses of race. Her essays include “Gothic in and as Racial Discourse” (2014), “Et Tu Victor?: Interrogating the Master’s Responsibility to—and Betrayal of—the Slave in Frankenstein” (2020) and “Re-Scripting Blaxploitation Horror: Ganja and Hess’s Gothic Implications” (2018). She is author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places (2012) and co-editor of Twenty-first Century Gothic(2019).



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Wester, Maisha. African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places. Palgrave, 2012.

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—. “Haunting and Haunted Queerness: Randall Kenan’s Re-Inscription of Difference in ‘A Visita-tion of Spirits.’” Callaloo, vol. 30, no. 4, 2007, pp. 1035–1053.

—. “Re-Scripting Blaxploitation Horror: Ganja and Hess’s Gothic Implications.” B-Movie Gothic: Inter-national Perspectives, edited by Justin D. Edwards and Joham Höglund. Edinburgh U.P., 2018, pp. 32–49.

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—, and Xavier Aldana Reyes (eds.). Twenty-first Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. Edin-burgh UP, 2019.

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Films, TV series, and music

Candyman. Directed by Bernard Rose, TriStar Pictures, 1992.

Clipping. “The Deep.” 2017.

“Everybody Dies!” Collective: Unconscious. Directed by Noutama Frances Bodomo, 2016.

Gambino, Childish. “Bonfire.” Camp, 2011.

—. “This Is America.” 2018.

Ganja and Hess. Directed by Bill Gunn, Kelly-Jordan Enterprises, 1973.

Hair Wolf. Directed by Mariama Diallo, 2018.

His House. Directed by Remi Weekes, Netflix, 2020.

JD’s Revenge. Directed by Arthur Marks, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 1976.

Lovecraft Country. Developed by Misha Green, Warner Bros, 2020-2021.

Scary Movie. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, Dimension Films, 2000.

Sorry to Bother You. Directed by Boots Riley, Annapurna Pictures, 2018.

The Amityville Horror. Directed by Andrew Douglas, Dimension Films, 2005.

The Birth of a Nation. Directed by Griffith. D. W., Epoch Producing Co., 1915.

The House Invictus. Directed by Uche Aguh, 55Media, 2020.

The Shape of Water. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2017.

The Skeleton Key. Directed by Iain Softley, Universal Pictures, 2005.

Them. Created by Little Marvin, Amazon Studios, 2021-.

Vampires VS. the Bronx. Directed by Osmany Rodríguez, Netflix, 2020.




How to Cite

Barba Guerrero, P. ., & Wester, M. (2022). African American Gothic and Horror Fiction: An Interview with Maisha Wester . REDEN. Revista Española De Estudios Norteamericanos, 3(2), 159-174.