Nicholas Diak is a popculture scholar with interests in Italian genre films, exploitation cinema, post-industrial and neofolk music, comic books, and the influence of H.P. Lovecraft on popular culture. He is one of the members of the HP Lovecast Podcast which airs once a month.
He holds a bachelors from DeVry (I know...) and a masters from the University of Washington. He lives in southern California, attends many comic book and gaming conventions, collects pinup girl art, plays video games and experiments with different recipes in the kitchen.
Current research areas:
Peplum/Neo-Peplum films and television, HP Lovecraft, and synthwave music.
Recent scholarly activity:
Currently compiling and editing an anthology on neo-peplum films and television shows. The CFP is open, check it out here: http://www.neopeplumbook.com
Will be working on essays about synthwave music and Stranger Things, and HP Lovecraft's Re-Animator.
"Permission to Kill: Exploring Italy's 1960s Eurospy Phenomenon, Impact and Legacy" in James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy. Ed. Michele Brittany. McFarland, 2014.
Review of Trobadours of the Apocalypse. https://heathenharvest.org/2015/09/15/troubadours-of-the-apocalypse-edit...
Review of Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21504857.2014.984875#.VJOaXl...
Working on an essay about Meteorite-Horror films, such as The Blob, The Monolith Monsters, Deadly Spawn, etc. Looking at the in 2 fashions. The first, being the infleunce of HP Lovecrafts "The Color out of Space" on them, and secondly, about how small towns are represented in these films, using researching done by Emanuel Levy.
Currently compiling and editing an anthology on neo-peplum films and television shows. The CFP is closed, but it can still be checked out here: http://www.neopeplumbook.com
Reashing Lovecraft and synthwave music.