Dr Anna Gasperini has a PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she completed a thesis on discourses of ethics, monstrosity, and medicine in the Victorian penny blood. Her first article, Anatomy of the Demons – The Demoniac Body Dealers of the Penny Bloods, appeared in the 2015 Spring-Summer issue of the Journal of Supernatural Studies. She co-edited the collection of essays Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-century Britain: The Victorian Reading Experience for Palgrave Macmillan. Her research interests include Victorian cheap serialized fiction, popular culture and popular fiction, the Victorian Gothic, medical history, and adaptation.
Dr Paul Rooney is a research assistant on the Irish Research Council-funded Nineteenth-Century Trade Periodicals: Transnational Perspectives project based in the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was previously an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin where he worked on a project examining the circulation and readership of nineteenth-century publisher’s series. He has published in Victorian Periodicals Review, Women’s Writing, and Publishing History. He co-edited the Palgrave Macmillan collection, Media and Print Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2016) and is presently completing a monograph, Railway Reading and Late-Victorian Literary Series to be published in 2017 by Routledge.