Jochen Achilles is Professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany. His authored book publications include a study on the development of Sean O’Casey’s plays in the context of modern drama and a book on the interface between the gothic tradition and psychological fiction, focusing on Sheridan Le Fanu. He co-edited numerous books, among them studies on contemporary Irish dramatists and representations of evil in fiction and film. Most recently, together with Ina Bergmann, he co-edited Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Writing, published by Routledge in 2015. His research interests include liminal cultural identities, the American short story, African American and Irish drama. In all of these areas he has published many articles.