Film professor interviews notable horror, sci-fi authors for new book

John Tibbetts, associate professor of theatre and film at the University of Kansas, recently had his new book, "The Gothic Imagination," published by Palgrave Mcmillan in New York.

Subtitled "Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media," it traces through interviews and commentaries the course of the Gothic mode from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" in 1818 to the steampunk, graphic novels and alternate histories of today's writers, artists and filmmakers. More than a dozen intervews by Tibbetts include superstars Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, Maurice Sendak, Kim Stanley Robinson, Greg Bear, Chris Van Allsburg and others.

Tibbetts' other book projects include "Liszt: A Chorus of Voices," slated to publish near Thanksgiving by the Pendragon Press. It is designed as a companion volume to his earlier book, "Schumann: A Chorus of Voices" (2010). 

Tibbetts also recently signed a contract for "Peter Weir: Conversations," from Mississippi University Press, manuscript to be delivered in December 2012.