Isabella van Elferen is Professor of Music, Director of the Visconti Studio, and Director of Research of the School of Performing and Screen Studies. She publishes on music philosophy, Gothic theory and subcultures, film and TV music, video game music, and baroque sacred music. Her books are Goth Music: From Sound to Subculture (with Jeffrey Weinstock, 2015), Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny (2012), Mystical Love in the German Baroque: Theology – Poetry – Music (2009), and the editor of Nostalgia or Perversion? Gothic Rewriting from the Eighteenth Century until the Present Day (2007). Isabella’s Sounds of the Uncanny won the Alan Lloyd Smith prize for best book in Gothic Criticism 2011-2013. She is currently working on a monograph on tone colour, Timbre: Aesthetics of Vibration.

Isabella is First Vice-President of the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts. She is editor for The Soundtrack, member of the advisory board of Horror Studies and Aeternum, and guest editor for Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts (2013), Horror Studies (2016) and Contemporary Music Review (2016). She was a member of the AHRC funded network Music-based Games, Creativity and Music Education and member of the Advisory Panel of the EC-funded project Europeana Sound led by the British Library.