Released on Hallowe’en this year, a new book from the Department of Classics’ Dr Liz Gloyn explores how post-classical societies use creatures from ancient myth.
Dr Liz Gloyn
From the horror movies of the 1950s through to the present day television, she explores how classical monsters continue to inhabit our imagination.
Dr Gloyn has also shown her expertise in her contributions to the Netflix series Myths and Monsters which looked at the origin of famous mythological beasts. She commented that “I found it really exciting to be able to use the research I was doing for my own book in the episodes. Monsters hook everyone in, so being involved in this project and seeing the reaction to it has been really rewarding.”
Dr Gloyn was recently interviewed on the Coffee and Circuses podcast, talking about the portrayal of monsters in Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion films of the 1960s-80s, as well as more recent depictions, such as in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, reflecting on what makes a good monster and how the presentation of these creatures has changed.
Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture is published by Bloomsbury on 31 October 2019.