I’m James Campbell, I have diabetes. I studied at the University of Stirling, between 2005-2014, graduating in 2009 with a 1st class BA (Hons) in English Studies, followed by an MLitt (with distinction) in ‘The Gothic Imagination’ in 2010. My specialist subjects were – and, albeit informally, still are – ‘American Gothic’, American-as-global popular culture, and cultural theory. While my academic background will inevitably inform what I write, my primary aim with this blog is to produce witty, incisive and accessible commentary on American/global popular culture, including films, books, comics and video-games. My imagination may not be as ‘gothic’ as it used to be, but a soft spot for the spooky stuff will pervade this blog. In its capacity as a portfolio blog I’ll also be posting links to at least two other projects I have in the works: a blog on Pacific Northwest ‘weird’ fiction, and an ongoing Batman villain-related tumblr project.
Some additional notes, to give you a broad sense of where I’m writing from: I was born in 1987. I’m a white gay male atheist geek. I live in central Scotland, where I have lived all my life, though you wouldn’t be able to tell that judging by my completely incongruous English accent. I tweet over here. Over there you can find me on facebook. This is where I ply my wares on LinkedIn. There are even some folks who say that my spirit haunts the old academia.edu place over yonder. Only, I wouldn’t go down that road. Lotta bad writin’ down that road. Ayuh.