• Honorary Professor, University of Exeter
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health
  • Advisor, All-Party Parliamentary Flags and Heraldry Committee (UK government)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Nick has written or edited over 20 books, and is the author of more than 60 academic papers; his work has been translated into several languages, including Chinese, German, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His recent publications include:

Selected Publications: Books

  1. The Vampire: A New History (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018), xix + 288pp.
  2. , Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818 Text) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), lxxv + 226pp.
  3. , with Nicholas Allen and Jos Smith, Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), xiv + 320pp; co-wrote Introduction, 1-18, and chapter ‘Draining the Irish Sea: The Colonial Politics of Water’, 20-39.
  4. , Ann Radcliffe, The Italian, or The Confessional of the Black Penitents (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), lv + 424pp.
  5. , Matthew Lewis, The Monk (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), liii + 357pp.
  6. , Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), li + 132pp.
  7. The Seasons: An Elegy for the Passing of the Year (London: Atlantic, 2013), 400pp.
  8. The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). xviii + 164pp.

Selected Publications: Papers

  1. ‘The Term “Gothic” in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1800.’ The Cambridge History of the Gothic, ed. Angela Wright, Dale Townshend, and Catherine Spooner, 3 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), i. 44-66.
  2. ‘Introduction: CoronaGothic, Culture, and Crisis’, with William Hughes, Critical Quarterly, special issue CoronaGothic: Cultures of the Pandemic, ed. Nick Groom and William Hughes, 62.4 (2020), 2-6.
  3. ‘Viral Vampires.’ Critical Quarterly, special issue CoronaGothic: Cultures of the Pandemic, 62.4 (2020), 7-14.
  4. ‘Thomas Chatterton and the Death of John William Polidori: Copycat or Coincidence?’ Notes & Queries, gjaa152,
  5. ‘The Union Jack belongs to Everyone, not just the Government.’ History & Policy (13 April 2021),
  6. ‘Tolkien y la literatura gótica’, R. R. Tolkien y la Tierra Media: Diez Ensayos sobre el Mayor Mito Literario del Siglo XX, ed. Martin Simonson (Asturias: Jonathan Alwars, 2021), 269-312.
  7. ‘Hallowe’en and Valentine: The Culture of Saints’ Days in the English-Speaking World. The Thirty-Seventh Katharine Briggs Memorial Lecture, November 2017.’ Folklore 129 (2018), 331-352.
  8. Stephen HinchliffeMark A. JacksonKatrina WyattAnne E. BarlowManuela BarretoLinda ClareMichael H. DepledgeRobin DurieLora E. FlemingNick GroomKaryn MorrisseyLaura Salisbury, and Felicity Thomas, ‘Healthy Publics: Enabling Cultures and Environments for Health.’ Palgrave Communications, 4:57 (2018), 1-10 (doi:
  9. ‘Catachthonic Romanticism: Buried History, Deep Ruins.’ Romanticism, 24.2 (2018), 118-33.
  10. ‘Romanticism before 1789.’ The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, ed. David Duff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 13-29.
  11. Dracula’s Prehistory: The Advent of the Vampire.’ The Cambridge Companion to Dracula, ed. Roger Luckhurst (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 11-25.
  12. ‘Rings and Flies: Tolkien and Golding, Lords of ’54.’ Critical Insights: Lord of the Flies, ed. Sarah Fredericks (Ipswich, Mass.: Grey House Publishing/Salem Press, forthcoming 2017), 175-87.
  13. ‘“Let’s discuss over country supper soon”: Rural Realities and Rustic Representations’, in Creating the Countryside: The Rural Idyll Past and Present, ed. Verity Elson and Rosemary Shirley (London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2017), 49-60.
  14. ‘Plastic Daffodils: The Pastoral, the Picturesque, and Cultural Environmentalism.’ Climate Change and the Humanities: Historical, Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Contemporary Environmental Crisis, ed. James Cullis, Vinita Damodara, and Alex Elliott (Houndmills: PalgraveMacmillan, 2018), 117-139.
  15. ‘“The Celtic Century” and the Genesis of Scottish Gothic.’ Edinburgh Companion to the Scottish Gothic, ed. Carol Davison and Monica Germana (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 14-27.
  16. ‘Otranto: Racconto per il Compleanno.’ Chi ha Paura di Horace Walpole? Da un Castello di Otranto all’altro, ed. and trans. Luigi Ballerini (Otranto: Stampato Presso, 2016), 11-28.
  17. ‘The Poet as “Fraud”.’ The Oxford Handbook of British Poetry, 1660-1800, ed. Jack Lynch (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 227-46.