Dr. James Francis, Jr., received his BA and MA in creative writing from Texas A&M University. He studied children’s literature and film (horror) at MTSU where he attained his PhD. His book, Remaking Horror, chronicles the contemporary film industry phenomenon of movie remakes. Francis is also an internationally-published portrait, fashion, and art photographer. He currently resides in College Station where he is a lecturer for Texas A&M’s English Department.
- Children’s Literature
- Film Studies
- Creative Writing
- Adaptation (Videogame / Folk and Fairy Tales)
- Queer/Gender Theory
- Popular Culture Studies
Honors and Awards:
- John N. McDaniel Excellence in Teaching (Fall 2009)
Francis, Jr James. Remaking Horror. Hollywood’s New Reliance on Scares of Old. McFarland, 2013
This book chronicles the American horror film genre in its development of remakes from the 1930s into the 21st century. Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) is investigated as the watershed moment when the genre opened its doors to the possibility that any horror movie—classic, modern, B-movie, and more—might be remade for contemporary audiences.
- “Why did the television reboot become all the rage?” The Conversation, June 2018, https://theconversation.com/why-did-the-television-reboot-become-all-the-rage-96179.
- “That’s So Gay: Camp, Drag, and the Power of Storytelling in Supernatural.” Supernatural: TV Goes to Hell. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, Fall 2011.
- Short Fiction Creative Writing: Storytelling with a Film Perspective. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.
- “The Lighter Side of Death: Dexter as Comedy.” Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television. London: I. B. Tauris, Spring 2010.
- “Horror and Noir.” LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia. Volume 1: A-F. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009. (401-05)
- “Tennessee Williams (1911-1983).” LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia. Volume 3: P-Z. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009. (1266-67)
- “Camping Out: Sexuality as Aesthetic Value in Tennessee Williams’ And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens. . .” The Tennessee Williams Annual Review 9 (2007): 131-142.