My name is Jason Ray Carney and I'm an English professor and writer who has published both fiction and nonfiction. The Spiral Tower is my personal blog emphasizing literature, retro popular culture, and more. I received my B.A. from Otterbein University, my M.A. from Ohio University, and my Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. I am a Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature at Christopher Newport University in the Department of English. My academic book, Weird Tales of Modernity (McFarland 2019) and my sword and sorcery anthology, Rakefire and Other Stories (Pulp Hero Press 2020), are both available on Amazon. I edited Savage Scrolls, an anthology of new sword and sorcery (Pulp Hero Press 2020). I co-edit an academic journal, The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard and Pulp Studies. I am the managing editor of two creative writing journals: Whetstone: Amateur Magazine of Pulp Sword and Sorcery and Witch House: Amateur Magazine of Cosmic Horror. I am the area chair of the Pulp Studies section of the Popular Culture Association. I own Spiral Tower Press. If you've read my scholarship, fiction, or reviews (published in various magazines), I'm interested in your feedback, so please get in touch. 

Book Review: Journal of the Fantastic in the ArtsReview of Weird Tales of Modernity, by Timothy H. Evans. "Carney’s book is a valuable addition to the literature on its topic. It deserves a wide readership, and a prominent place in the scholarship of American fantastic literature in the early twentieth century."

Book Review: Black Gate: Review of Rakefire and Other Stories, by Seth Lindberg. "The book blurb labels this “Fever Dreams of Sword & Sorcery in an Eld Realm of Unfathomable Beauty and Cruelty” and it also contains “enigmatic tales of horror and fantasy in the pulp tradition.” That summary is spot on. Most of the tales focus on the sorcery end of the spectrum. Jason Ray Carney’s writing style is reminiscent of Lord Dunsany and Clark Ashton Smith (full of pregnant shadows and intellectual skullduggery!)."

TED Talk: The Value of Reading Fiction to Make the Present Less Real. I gave a TED Talk in November of 2022 on the topic of escapist reading, a practice that I am interested in academically, aesthetically, and philosophically.