Dru Pagliassotti, Ph.D.
"Dr. Dru" is the chair of the Communication Department and teaches classes in news writing, copy editing, and Web publishing, as well as one of the department's senior capstone courses, film theory. She has co-taught several travel courses, including the art/communication course Imagining Venice, which took students to Venice and Florence in 2011 and 2013, and Faces of India, a history/communication travel course that took students to India in 2006. She's currently working on a course on comic books to be co-taught with Professor Terry Spehar-Fahey in the Art Department.
Dr. Pagliassotti's research has examined the development and growing popularity of boys' love (yaoi) manga in the West and is now addressing the rise of the female-authored male/male romance novel as a discrete publishing niche. She has also recently written a chapter on the role of technology in steampunk romance and erotica for Steaming into a Victorian Future. Her YaoiResearch.Com blog helps others researching the topic keep track of new work in the areas. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies and Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural.
Dr. Pagliassotti's interest in fiction and publishing arises from her own work in the field as the published author of two novels (with two more coming in 2014) and a number of short stories. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Harrow Press, which publishes horror anthologies, and for 11.5 years she was the owner and editor-in-chief of The Harrow, an online literary magazine for fantasy and horror. Her past professional experience includes editorial work on print books, journals, and trade magazines; freelance Web site design; and serving as a content provider on roleplaying games for About.Com.
M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California, Communication Theory & Research
Graduate certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Communication
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology
Dr. Pagliassotti is available to write about the content and fandom of male/male manga and fiction, and the writing and publication of horror, fantasy, and steampunk fiction.
“Love and the Machine: Technology and Human Relationships in Steampunk Romance and Erotica” in Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology. Julie Anne Taddeo & Cynthia J. Miller (Eds.). Scarecrow Press, 2013.
Boys’ Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre. Levi, McHarry & Pagliassotti (Ed.). McFarland Publishers, 2010.
GloBLisation and Hybridisation:Publishers’ Strategies for Bringing Boys’ Love to the United States. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 20. April 2009.
Reading Boys’ Love in the West. Participations, 5(2). November 2008. Guest editor.
Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind (in press; EDGE, March 2014)
Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire (in press; EDGE, Sept. 2014).
Clockwork Heart (revised, EDGE Sept. 2013)
An Agreement with Hell (Apex Book Company, 2011)
Clockwork Heart (Juno Books, 2008) RT Book Reviews’ 2008 Best Small Press Futuristic Novel. Translated into German (Das Mechanische Herz) and French (Icarus).
Ghost in the Machine (The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance, 2012)
Code of Blood (Corsets & Clockwork, May 2011)
After the Sleep (reprint, Alien Shots/Apex Book Company, January 2011)
Pan de Los Muertos (reprint, Dia de los Muertos, December 2010)
To Every Thing there is a Season (Apexology, August 2010)
Peter, Peter (reprint, The Three-Lobed Burning Eye Annual, v. 4, edited by Andrew S. Fuller, from Legion Press, November 2009)
The Manufactory (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, November 2009 — audio January 2010)
Terminus (w/Jo Gerrard; Magic & Mechanica, Ricasso Press, January 2009)
Bookmarked (Reflection’s Edge, October 2007). Honorable Mention, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (2008).
Night Shift (Worlds of Wonder, July 2007)
Changing the End (Anotherealm; July 2007)
Defender of the Faith (Reflection’s Edge, August 2006)
Strange Vintage (Fear of the Unknown, March 2005)
Joseph’s Plaint (Ideomancer, June 2004)
Peter, Peter (Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Summer 2003)
Pan de los Muertos (Strange Horizons, April 2003)
After the Sleep (Dark Fire, March 2003)
Analogues (Erratica, Spring 1997: reproduced on this site)
EDITOR, FICTION ANTHOLOGY:
Mortis Operandi (2012) The Harrow Press
Day Terrors (2011) The Harrow Press
Midnight Lullabies (2007) The Harrow Press
“Twelve Reasons to Roleplay.” In Packer, Alex J. (2000). Highs! Over 150 Ways to Feel REALLY Good … Without Alcohol or Other Drugs. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing.