Pernicious Properties: From Haunted to Horror Houses: An Interview with Evert Jan van Leeuwen




Evert Jan van Leeuwen is a lecturer in English-language literature at Leiden University, in the Netherlands. He researches fantastic fictions and counter cultures from the eighteenth century to the present. He is also interested in the international, intertextual dimensions of genres like Gothic, Horror and Science Fiction, and explores how they manifest in the British Isles, the Low Countries, and North America. He has recently co-edited the volume Haunted Europe: Continental Connections in English Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media (2019) with Michael Newton and has written articles and chapters about American gothic authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, amongst others. In relation to this, Evert has also published House of Usher (2019) a book analyzing Poe’s famous story “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839), Richard Matheson’s related film script and the cinematic adaptation by Roger Corman in the context of the 1960s counter-culture.



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Films and TV Series

The Fog. Dr. John Carpenter, Debra Hill Productions, 1980.

The Haunted Mansion. Directed by Rob Minkoff, Walt Disney Pictures, 2003.

House of Usher. Directed by Roger Corman, Alta Vista Productions, 1960.

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Directed by Don Siegel, Walter Wanger Productions, 1956.

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Directed by Philip Kaufman, Solofilm, 1978.

The People under the Stairs. Directed by Wes Craven, Alive Films, 1991.

Pet Sematary. Directed by Kevin Kölsch, Di Bonaventura Pictures and Room 101, Inc., 2019.

Poltergeist. Directed by Tobe Hooper, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group, Mist Enter-tainment, Amblin Productions, 1982.

Stephen King’s Rose Red. Directed by Craig R. Baxley, Warner Bros., 2001.




How to Cite

Fernández Jiménez, M., & van Leeuwen , E. J. . (2022). Pernicious Properties: From Haunted to Horror Houses: An Interview with Evert Jan van Leeuwen. REDEN. Revista Española De Estudios Norteamericanos, 3(2), 44-56.