DEBBIE FELTON is Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her specialty is folklore in classical literature, and she regularly teaches courses on Greek mythology as well as on magic and witchcraft in the ancient world. She has been the editor of the journal Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural since 2015 and an associate review editor for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts since 2012.
Her first book, Haunted Greece and Rome: Ghost Stories from Classical Antiquity (University of Texas Press, 1999), illuminates the oral and written transmission of the ghost story as a literary form. Her second book, the edited volume Landscapes of Dread in Classical Antiquity: Negative Emotion in Natural and Constructed Spaces (Routledge, 2018) examines the topography of dread, fear, and terror across various genres of Graeco-Roman literature. Her latest book, Monsters and Monarchs: Serial Kilers of Classical Myth and History, adds evidence from ancient Greece and Rome to the ongoing debate about the nature of serial killing. Prof. Felton’s papers and reviews have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals in the fields of folklore and of classical studies. She also serves as a content consultant for Bearport Press for several series of ghost story books for children.