Jochen Achilles is Emeritus Professor of American Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Mainz, Germany. His authored book publications include studies on the development of Sean O’Casey’s plays and on the interface between the gothic tradition and psychological fiction, focusing on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. He co-edited volumes on Irish drama, global challenges and regional responses in modern drama, representations of evil in fiction and film, and on liminality and the short story. His research interests and numerous articles focus on cultural identities, Irish and American short fiction, Irish and African American drama.