Expert Biography

Dara Downey is a freelance lecturer in English Literature, currently working in Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University, as well as a certified life coach.

She is the author of American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age (2014), editor of The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, and co-editor (with Ian Kinane and Elizabeth Parker) of Landscapes of Liminality: Between Space and Place (2016). She also edits The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies ( and is available for copy editing, proof-reading, and writing coaching. 

She is currently working on a literary biography of Shirley Jackson for Palgrave Macmillan’s Literary Lives series, and is also researching the depiction of domestic servants in American Gothic. Her work focuses on issues relating to home and houses, work and belief, the supernatural and witchcraft, race, gender, class, and sexuality, in gothic, horror, and American literature and popular culture, and she has spoken about these issues on a variety of media platforms, as well as at live events.

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