Conrad Aquilina is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta within the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, and the Department of English. He is also Senior Lecturer and Subject Coordinator for English and Critical Thinking at the Malta College for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. He holds a PhD in English Literature and Theory from Durham University, having written a doctoral thesis that explored simulation modelling as a poietic process in fictional world-building. He has contributed studies on genre literature (mainly horror and the gothic) as well as literary narratology, film theory and the philosophy of science. He is currently working on a monograph in relation to a poetics of narrative simulation and hypermimesis.