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Thomas Fahy

Thomas Fahy

Professor of EnglishDirector of English Graduate StudiesFaculty Advisor, "Loomings" Long Island University's Undergraduate Fiction Journal

B.A., University of California at DavisM.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Thomas Fahy is a professor of English and Creative Writing, and he serves as Director of English Graduate Studies at Long Island University Post. He has published seventeen books, including “Dining with Madmen: Fat, Food, and the Environment in 1980s Horror,” “Understanding Tracy Letts,” three novels, and numerous edited collections. 


American Literature, American Studies, 20th-century American Theatre, Cultural Studies, Food Studies, Disability Studies, Fat Studies, Environmental Criticism, Classical Music, Film and Television, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction


  • Author, “Understanding Tracy Letts” (2021)
  • Author, “Dining with Madmen: Fat, Food, and the Environment in 1980s Horror” (2019)
  • Author, “Understanding Truman Capote” (2014)
  • Author, “Staging Modern American Life: Popular Culture in the Experimental Theatre of Millay, Cummings, and Dos Passos” (2011)
  • Author, “Freak Shows and the Modern American Imagination: Constructing the Damaged Body from Willa Cather to Truman Capote” (2006)
  • Author, “Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera: A Reader’s Guide” (2003)
  • Author, “Night Visions: A Novel of Suspense” (2004)
  • Author, “Sleepless: A Novel” (2009)
  • Author, “The Unspoken: A Novel” (2008) 
  • Editor, “The Writing Dead: Talking Terror with TV’s Top Horror Writers” (2015)

  • Editor, "Alan Ball: Conversations" (2013)
  • Editor, “The Philosophy of Horror” (2010)
  • Editor, “Considering David Chase: Essays on The Rockford Files, Northern Exposure, and The Sopranos” (2007)
  • Editor, “Considering Alan Ball: Essays on Death, Sexuality, and the American Dream” (2006)
  • Editor, “Considering Aaron Sorkin: Essays on the Politics, Poetics, and Sleight of Hand in the Films and Television Series” (2005)
  • Co-editor, “Peering Behind the Curtain: Disability, Illness, and the Extraordinary Body in Contemporary Theater” (2002)
  • Co-editor, “Captive Audience: Prison and Captivity in Contemporary Theater” (2003)
  • Assistant Editor, “A Modern Mosaic: Art and Modernism in the United States” (2000)
  • Author, articles in numerous journals, including Modern Drama, Food and Foodways, Mississippi Quarterly, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, The Journal of American Culture, Women's Studies, Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies, Style, Mosaic, Spring, and Shofar


  • Recipient, Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014)

  • Recipient, American Library Association Award for Reluctant Young Readers for his novel “Sleepless” (2009)
  • Recipient, American Library Association Award for Reluctant Young Readers for his novel “The Unspoken” (2008)


  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, American Studies Association, Modern Language Association, Society for Cinema Studies, Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture and American Culture Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, College Language Association, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Reader, MELAS, Studies in the Novel, Style, Twentieth Century American Literature, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, The Journal of American Culture, Textual Practice, Mosaic, Western American Literature, The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, and Confrontation