Full Chronological Publication List


FORTHCOMING: Militarization and Pleasure

Special Issue of Culture, Theory, and Critique co-edited with Amy Gaeta

FORTHCOMING: Godzilla: A Critical Demonology

Headpress Books

FORTHCOMING: How Popular Culture Launders Torture

In: Guantanamo: Twenty Years After, ed. by Sara Birch, Richard Kotter, Hugh Sandeman and Andy Worthington  


Blame the War, Not the Troops: Good Kill

Journal of War and Culture Studies 15.4: Special Issue on the Aesthetics of Drone Warfare, pp. 408-424

url: https://doi.org/10.1080/17526272.2022.2116187

Rebel Inc., Colonialism Simulator 

First Person Scholar, 27/7/2022

url: http://www.firstpersonscholar.com/rebel-inc-colonialism-simulator/

Finding Redemption for Gigantis, The Fire Monster

Certified Forgotten, 22/4/2022

url: https://certifiedforgotten.com/gigantis-the-first-monster/

"Top 10 Kaiju", contributed to Introducing Japanese Cinema Part One by David Spittle

Tyneside Cinema Blog, 26/2/2022

url: https://tynesidecinema.co.uk/introducing-japanese-cinema-part-1/

Doom, Détente, Dr Pepper: Godzilla 1984 and Godzilla 1985

We Are The Mutants, 31/1/2022

url: ​https://wearethemutants.com/2022/01/31/doom-detente-dr-pepper-godzilla-1984-and-godzilla-1985/


The Golden Hydra: King Ghidorah, Astro-Colonizers, and Cold War Empire

We Are The Mutants, 6/10/2021

url: https://wearethemutants.com/2021/10/06/the-golden-hydra-king-ghidorah-astro-colonizers-and-cold-war-empire/

Camp X-Ray and the Task of Critique: Torturability and the Politics of Ethical Recognition in Guantánamo

Journal of Film and Video 73.3, pp. 23-33.

url: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/jfilmvideo.73.3.0023

The Report and the Task of Critique: Torture, Exposure, and the Spectacle of Accountability

Quarterly Review of Film and Video online publication, 19/8/2021

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10509208.2021.1963164

Guantanamo Memoir Film Skewers George W. Bush, But Exonerates Barack Obama

Truthout, 15/7/2021

url: https://truthout.org/articles/guantanamo-memoir-film-skewers-george-w-bush-but-exonerates-barack-obama/

Rise of the Smog God: Ecological Apocalypse in Godzilla Vs. Hedorah

We Are The Mutants, 15/6/2021

url: https://wearethemutants.com/2021/06/15/rise-of-the-smog-god-ecological-apocalypse-in-godzilla-vs-hedorah-1971/

Dr Smash's Film Club 06: Circle of Shit: The Human Centipede Series (2009-2015)

Repeater Radio, 16/4/2021

url: https://www.mixcloud.com/RepeaterRadio/alex-adams-dr-smashs-film-club-06-circle-of-shit/

Dr Smash's Film Club 05: Marvel's Weeping Executioner: The Punisher

Repeater Radio, 2/4/2021

url: https://www.mixcloud.com/RepeaterRadio/alex-adams-dr-smashs-film-club-05-marvels-weeping-executioner/

The Greatest Showa on Earth: 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla

We Are The Mutants, 25/3/2021

url: https://wearethemutants.com/2021/03/25/the-greatest-showa-on-earth-1962s-king-kong-vs-godzilla/

Dr Smash's Film Club 04: Torture Therapy: The Saw Franchise (2004-2021)

Repeater Radio, 19/3/2021

url: https://www.mixcloud.com/RepeaterRadio/dr-smashs-film-club-2/

Death TV: Drone Warfare in Contemporary Popular Culture

Free Online PDF & Softcover Hard Copy: Drone Wars UK

url: https://dronewars.net/2021/03/10/death-tv-drone-warfare-in-contemporary-popular-culture/

Pop Culture Portrays Aerial Bombardment of Middle East as “Business as Usual”

Truthout, 7/3/2021

url: https://truthout.org/articles/pop-culture-portrays-aerial-bombardment-of-middle-east-as-business-as-usual/

Dr Smash's Film Club 03: Pikachu, Torturer: Police Brutality and Family Entertainment [audio]

Repeater Radio, 5/3/2021

url: https://www.mixcloud.com/RepeaterRadio/dr-smashs-film-club-1/

Dr Smash's Film Club 02: Death TV: Drone Warfare in Contemporary Popular Culture [audio]

Repeater Radio, 19/2/2021

url: https://www.mixcloud.com/RepeaterRadio/dr-smashs-film-club/

Dr Smash's Film Club 01: Torture Tourism: The Hostel Series (2005-2011) [audio]

Repeater Radio, 29/1/2021

url: https://www.mixcloud.com/RepeaterRadio/dr-smashs-film-club-01-hostel/

Interview: The Translator Interviews the Author: Alex Adams on Torture and its Justifications (trans. Iman Marouf)

Takween Creative Writing Platform, 12/1/2021

url: https://takweenkw.com/blog/3049/single


كيف يبرر التعذيب؟ في عمق سيناريو القنبلة الموقوتة (How to Justify Torture: Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario, arabic translation.) Trans. Iman Marouf. Kuwait: Takween Publishing.

"It Ain't No Man": The Colonial Iconography of Predator

We Are The Mutants, 3/12/2020 

url: https://wearethemutants.com/2020/12/03/it-aint-no-man-the-colonial-iconography-of-predator/

Drone Strikes in Popular Culture: Eye in the Sky

Drone Wars Blog, 24/6/2020

url: https://dronewars.net/2020/06/24/drone-strikes-in-popular-culture-eye-in-the-sky/

A Direct Line Through Time, and Some Hope: Eminent Monsters

Repeater Books Blog, 1/6/2020

url: https://repeaterbooks.com/a-direct-line-through-time-and-some-hope-eminent-monsters-alex-adams


Confronting Britain’s Legacy of Torture

Truthdig, 25/11/2019

url: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/britain-land-of-tea-and-torture/

Interview: Making Torture American Again, With Help From Hollywood

Truthdig, 23/9/2019 

url: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/making-torture-american-again-with-help-from-hollywood/

Interview: Torture and the Bomb that Never Existed [audio]

This Is Hell!, 7/9/2019 

url: https://thisishell.com/interviews/1072-alex-adams

How Pop Culture Tries to Justify Torture

Truthout, 7/9/2019

url: https://truthout.org/articles/how-pop-culture-tries-to-justify-torture/

Interview: Getting Away With Torture is Easy if You're Captain America

The Outline, 5/9/2019

url: https://theoutline.com/post/7876/how-to-justify-torture-alex-adams-interview

How to Justify Torture: Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario

Repeater Books: Paperback and eBook

Blackstone Publishing: Audiobook

Political Torture in Popular Culture: The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate

Routledge: Paperback Reissue of 1st edition (2016)


Graner’s Laugh: The Conceptual Architecture of a Guantánamo Rape Joke

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 44.1, pp. 107-130.

​doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/698279

Knowing the Double Agent: Islam, Uncertainty, and the Fragility of the Surveillant Gaze in Homeland 

​In: Surveillance, Race, Culture. Edited by Antonia Mackay and Susan Flynn. Palgrave. pp. 125-143.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77938-6_7


“The Sweet Tang of Rape”: Torture, Survival, and Masculinity in Ian Fleming’s Bond Novels

Feminist Theory 18.2, pp. 137-158.

​doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464700117700043

Review Essay: Robert Young, Empire, Colony, Postcolony

Interventions 19.5, pp. 738-740.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2017.1281399

Review Essay: Neil Jackson, Shaun Kimber, Johnny Walker, and Thomas Joseph Watson (eds.), Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media

Visual Studies 32.1, pp. 92-93.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2016.1274182


Political Torture in Popular Culture: The Role of Representations in the Post-9/11 Torture Debate

Routledge: Hardback 1st edition, eBook

Guantánamo Boy and the Task of Critique

The Lion and the Unicorn 40.3, pp. 245-261.

​doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/uni.2016.0023


Review Essay: Rebecca Weaver-Hightower and Peter Hulme (eds.), Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance

Interventions 17.2, pp. 296-298.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2015.1000682


The Infinitely Complex Ropeskipping Existence 

​In: Double Dutch: A Game. Edited by Isabel Lima. Arts Council UK. pp. 21-29.

Terrorism as Sexual Envy: Adversarial Masculinities in Two Fictions of Ticking Bomb Torture

​In: Terrorist Transgressions: Gender and the Visual Culture of the Terrorist. Edited by Sue Malvern and Gabriel Koureas. IB Tauris. pp. 181-201.

“What Can Be Infinitely Destroyed Is What Can Infinitely Survive”: Literary and Filmic Representations of Political Torture from Algiers to Guantánamo

PhD thesis

url: https://theses.ncl.ac.uk/jspui/handle/10443/2388


Review Essay: Jane Hiddleston, Poststructuralism and Postcoloniality: The Anxiety of Theory

Interventions 14.2, pp. 324-326.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2012.694700