Dr Colette Balmain is a lecturer, film reviewer and writer who specialises in East Asian Cinemas and Cultures. She completed her PhD on Italian horror cinema in 2004, and has been teaching in Higher Education since 1997. Her work is interdisciplinary and in particular focuses in on identity politics: ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability. She is interested in the silencing of ‘other’ voices in popular culture and the construction of the ‘Other’ in narratives of national identity.

Her first book, Introduction to Japanese Horror Film was published in 2008 by Edinburgh University Press and is working on the second edition (EUP: 2017). She is currently completing a monograph on East Asian Gothic Cinema (Palgrave-McMillan: 2017) and a book on Korean horror cinema. She is the co-editor of Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games with Dr Andrew David Jackson (Peter Lang: 2016). She is a reviewer for Gothic Studies, Cinema Journal and Horror Studies among others and is a peer reviewer for Bloomsbury Press and Manchester University Press.