Karen J. Renner is an associate professor of English at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches classes in American literature and popular culture, specializing in horror. She is the author of Evil Children in the Popular Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and has published essays on masculinity in ghost-hunting "reality" television, aging women in American Horror Story, the influence of Edgar Allan Poe on serial killer narratives, and the appeal of the apocalypse.