Dr. Jilly Dreadful
Jilly Dreadful completed her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at University of Southern California and is the founder of The Brainery: Online Speculative Fiction Workshops + Resources, which has been featured on The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wired.com, io9, Tor.com, and The Roundtable Podcast. The major topics of her work revolve around issues of gender and sexuality, monstrosity, female childhood, rural poverty, and class tensions, across sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. She is also a new media artist, focusing on feminist science fiction in interactive fiction, podcast audio dramas, and transmedia storytelling. She has won three major fellowships, including the Fisher Center Predoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Animation at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2011, together with composor, Isaac Schankler, she wrote Light & Power: A Tesla/Edison Story, a chamber opera about a genderfluid Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison during the War of the Currents, which was performed by the Juventas Music Ensemble in Boston.
Books/Book-Length New Media Projects
The Spectral Dollhouse, published by The New River, Fall 2013.
The Cyborg in the Basement: Hauntedness and Narrative Transmography, Dissertation, 2012.
"5×5," Lightspeed Magazine, forthcoming.
“De Deabus Minoribus Exterioris Theomagicae,” She Walks In Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press).
"Persephone + Hades," co-written with KT Ismael, Rough Magick (Dangerous Angel).
"The Mermaid Cafe," Devilfish Review.
"Mooncakes," NonBinary Review.
"v+v: a love story between cyborgs," The Fiction Project/Art House.
Haunted Phonograph, “Penny Dreadful” Sketchbook Project.
Light & Power: A Tesla/Edison Story, chamber opera, librettist, musical score composed by Isaac Schankler, commissioned by Boston Opera Collaborative (BOC) and Juventas New Music Ensemble, Boston, May 19-22, 2011.
Act 1, Scene 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtMR1jllWrw
Act 1, Scene 3, Tesla’s Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vJ3qu7ucT8
Act 2, Scene 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CffoRqunt4M
“Zoology #1,”Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics, finalist chosen by Mary Karr.
Peer Reviewed/Refereed Journal Articles
“The Cyborg in the Basement Manifesto, or a Frankenstein of One’s Own: How I Stopped Hunting for Cyborgs and Created the Slightly Irregular Definition of Cyborgean Forms of Storytelling,” Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, Nov. 2013. http://adanewmedia.org/2013/11/issue3-dreadful/
“Living Appendages of the Machine: Reproducing Sex and Gender in Cyborg and Zombie Narratives from Battlestar Galactica to The Walking Dead,” Creating Humanity, Discovering Monstrosity: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Fierce, Isaac Schankler (composer): Sharp (three art songs) for soprano, flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, & cello. Juventas Concert Cycle No. 1, Boston.
Sharp, three art songs. Composed by Isaac Schankler. Performed by the Contemporary Music Ensemble. USC. Los Angeles.
Recently Living Rabbits, art song re-titled as Zoology. Composed by Ben Phelps. Performed by the Contemporary Music Ensemble. Los Angeles.
Scholarly Articles in Books
“Living Appendages of the Machine: Reproducing Sex and Gender in Cyborg and Zombie Narratives from Battlestar Galactica to The Walking Dead,” The Monster Imagined: Humanity’s Recreation of Monsters and Monstrosity, Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Nelson, E., Burcar, J., Priest, H., eds. Creating Humanity, Discovering Monstrosity: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, Inter-disciplinary Press.
Late Victorian Gothic Tales in Monsters and the Monstrous, volume 1, number 1, 2011, Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Awards and Memberships
Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship, USC, 2011-2012.
Continuing Fellowship for Literature and Creative Writing, USC, 2009-2010.
Fisher Center Predoctoral Fellowship in Gender & Animation, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2008-2009.
Honors and Awards
Pushcart Prize nomination, "Mooncakes," NonBinary Review.
The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2012; Professional Division: Juventas New Music Ensemble for Light & Power.
Second place, “Production by a Professional Opera Company” in the National Opera Association, for Light & Power.
Honorable Mention for “Reptile,” Short Story Award for New Writers, Glimmer Train, February 2010.
Top 25 for “Papers in an Aging Cookbook: Notes My Mother Wrote & Kept,” Very Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, January 2010.
Mildred Fox Hanson Award, USC, 2007, 2008, 2009.
W. Moses Graduate Grant in Creative Writing, Honorable Mention, 2006, 2007, 2008.
Virginia Middleton Summer Award, USC, 2006.
“(Re)Animating the Cyborg,” Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, Capstone Talk to the Speaker Series on Gender and Animation.
Roundtable Session on “(Re)Animating the Cyborg,” Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men.
“Fullmetal Alchemist: Gender and the Role of Performing Equivalent Exchange,” Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Presented the Mastermind Award to Wes Craven, Spike TV Scream Awards.
“Leading Women: Wonder Woman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer … and You,” Hobart and William Smith Colleges, William Smith Centennial Celebration.
“Howl's Moving Castle: Shapeshifting, Strange Machines and Inner Beauty,” Hobart and William Smith Colleges.