Dr Alice Vernon

Dr Alice Vernon

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Creative Writing

Department of English & Creative Writing

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Alice's research primarily involves the intersection between storytelling and the history of medicine, with a particular interest in sleep disorders, hallucinations and parapsychology. Her debut narrative non-fiction book, Night Terrors: Troubled Sleep and the Stories We Tell About It, was published by Icon Books in 2022 and was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. She has given talks at Hay Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival and Wellcome Collection, has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales and Times Radio, and she has written articles for The Conversation, The Author,The i Newspaper and Canada's Globe and Mail. Her current projects include a horror novel and a non-fiction book examining the history of paranormal investigations. Alice is represented by Donald Winchester at Watson, Little literary agency.

Watch Alice's TEDxAberystwyth talk here: https://youtu.be/ZuPvkoDiSr0?si=T_TgpMeU6zeXIHbQ

She welcomes PhD applications exploring aspects of horror in fiction.


Vernon, A 2024, Nightmares, Neurosis and Clinical Psychology in the Short Stories of Shirley Jackson. in Shirley Jackson’s Dark Tales: Reconsidering the Short Fiction. Bloomsbury, pp. 81-96. 10.5040/9781350361140.0011
Vernon, A 2022, Night Terrors: Troubled Sleep and the Stories We Tell About It. Icon Books.
Vernon, AM 2018, Beyond Girlhood in Ghibli: : Mapping Heroine Development Against the Adult Woman Anti-Hero in Princess Mononoke. in R Denison (ed.), Princess Mononoke: : Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess. Animation: Key Films/Filmmakers, Bloomsbury, pp. 115-129.
Vernon, AM 2017, 'Colossal Bodies: Re-imagining the Human Anatomy in Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 480-493. 10.1080/21504857.2017.1355835
Vernon, AM 2017, 'The Sleep Standard: Analysing Modern Anxieties of Insomnia', Excursions, vol. 7, no. 1.
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