Photo of David Simmons

Accepting PhD Students

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Ms Stacey Busuttil

Studying marginalised examples of race, gender and class in the novels of Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers and other Southern Gothic Writers of the twentieth century.


Abdellah Maachou; English and Creative Writing

The Enhancement of Learner Motivation and English Speaking Identity through the Integration of Films in EFL classrooms: the Case of Algerian EFL First Year University Students.


Soumeya Slimani; English and Creative Writing

The Image of Algeria in Maria Martin's History of the Captivity and Sufferings of Mrs. Maria Martin (1807), Jules Verne’s Invasion of the Sea (1905), Yacine Kateb’s Nedjma (1956), Assia Djebar’s Fantasia, An Algerian Cavalcade (1985) and Ahmed Hanifi’s La Folle d’Alger (2012).


Mr Elhadj Benmoussa

Teaching Literature In Algerian HE Using Critical Thinking and Communicative Approaches


Mr Ross Norman

Excursions into Arkham County: transmedia storytelling in the storyworld of H.P. Lovecraft


External Roles

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed The Open Access Library of the Humanities

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed The Journal of Popular Culture

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present

Member of the Editorial Board of BAAS US Studies Online peer reviewed journal.

Manuscript reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan in the area of Contemporary American Literature

Member of ABES (Annotated Bibliography of English Studies),Contributor/reviewer of Contemporary American Literature

Founder member of the Kurt Vonnegut Society

Member of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies

Other Responsibilities

External Examiner for The University of Wolverhampton’s Popular Culture MA

Research Interests

My research interests lie in a numbe rof interrelated areas including popular fiction, adaptation and screen media. I have written and published on a wide range of subjects including the figure of the hero/anti-hero in 1960s U.S. fiction, the theories of The Frankfurt School of thinkers, Kurt Vonnegut, H.P. Lovecraft, and cult TV, My recent work seeks to look at the significance of class in Horror fiction. 

External positions

External Examiner for MA in Popular Culture, University of Wolverhampton

31 Oct 201531 Oct 2019


  • PS American literature
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Anti-hero
  • Weird Fiction
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Class
  • Herbert Marcuse
  • Popular Fiction
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Joseph Heller
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Transmedia
  • Adaptation

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where David Simmons is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 2 Similar Profiles
Fiction Arts & Humanities
Novel Arts & Humanities
Writer Arts & Humanities
Gothic Arts & Humanities
Comic Books Arts & Humanities
Kurt Vonnegut Arts & Humanities
Science Fiction Arts & Humanities
Hero Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2009 2016

Time on Television: Narrative Time, Time Travel and Time Travellers in Popular Television Culture

Jowett, L., Robinson, K. L., Jowett, L., Simmons, D. (ed.), Robinson, K. L. (ed.) & Jowett, L. (ed.), 30 Jun 2016, London: I.B.Tauris. 192 p. (Investigating Cult TV)

Research output: Book/Report typesBook

Narrative Time
Time Traveller
Time Travel
Star Trek

‘Centuries of evil… wacky sidekicks… yadda, yadda’: vampire television, vampire time and the conventions of flashback

Jowett, L., Jowett, L. (ed.), Simmons, D. (ed.) & Robinson, K. L. (ed.), 30 Jun 2016, Time on TV: Narrative Time, Time Travel and Time Travellers in Popular Television Culture. London: I.B.Tauris, p. 121-133 13 p. (Investigating cult TV).

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapter

Open Access

Beyond Postmodernism in Alasdair Gray's Lanark

Allen, C., Allen, N. (ed.) & Simmons, D. (ed.), 1 Jul 2014, Reassessing the Twentieth Century Canon: From Joseph Conad to Zadie Smith. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 206-220 319 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapter

Heroes, control, and regulation

Jowett, L. & Simmons, D. (ed.), 15 Jan 2012, Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, p. 119-129 187 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapter

Social Control
Science Fiction

"By Jupiter's cock!" Spartacus: Blood and Sand, video games, and camp excess

Simmons, D., 15 Sep 2011, Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film. Cornelius, M. G. (ed.). North Carolina: McFarland, p. 144-153 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapter

Video Games

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Invited talk

The University of Northampton School of the Arts 'Opps for Apps' Project

Sonya Andermahr (Speaker), David Simmons (Speaker)
17 Jun 2015

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkTeaching