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John Kenneth Muir
Born (1969-12-03) December 3, 1969 (age 54)

John Kenneth Muir (born December 3, 1969) is an American literary critic. As of 2022, he has written thirty reference books in the fields of film and television, with a particular focus on the horror and science fiction genres.


Born December 3, 1969, Muir began his full-time writing career in 1996, penning several books for the North Carolina-based publisher of scholarly reference books, McFarland & Company. Muir also has written monographs about SF-TV, including Exploring Space: 1999 (1997), An Analytical Guide to Battlestar Galactica (1998), A Critical History of Dr. Who on TV (1999), A History and Critical Analysis of Blake's 7 (1999) and An Analytical Guide to TV's One Step Beyond (2001).[citation needed]

Muir was educated at the University of Richmond in Virginia from 1988 to 1992,[1] where he studied for two years under renowned Hudson Review film critic, Bert Cardullo (a student of The New Republic's film critic Stanley Kauffmann). Muir also counts Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert as important career influences.[2]

Muir's first book, Exploring Space: 1999 was published five years after his graduation from University, in April 1997. The book was the first English language attempt to analyse the television series Space: 1999 in a wider cultural context, and is sometimes compared and contrasted with a similar French book written by Pierre Fageolle.[3]

In 2009, Muir became a member of the artist collective, Tecamachalco Underground.[citation needed] The following year he was a judge at the ACEFEST NYC2010 Film Festival, occurring August 20–28, 2010.[4]

Selected works of literary criticism

Muir has written a book about Kevin Smith, titled An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith,[5] a study of Sam Raimi titled The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi,[6] A book on terror television called Terror Television American Series-1970-1999, and another on the works of comedian Christopher Guest and his repertory company, titled Best in Show: The Films of Christ[7] opher Guest and Company.[6] As of 2010, Muir's most recent film director study was Mercy in Her Eyes: The Films of Mira Nair.[8]

Media appearances

Muir has appeared on TV on The E! True Hollywood Story: "Curse of The Exorcist", TV Ontario's Saturday Night at the Movies,[9] and on the premiere episode of the Sci-Fi Channel series Sciography. On radio, Muir has been a guest on Destinies: The Voice of Science Fiction, NiteShift Good Morning Charlotte, The Allan Handelman Show, and The Mitch Albom Show.[citation needed]

In 2007, Muir appeared as a commentator in Decade of Darkness, a special feature on the Collector's Edition DVD release of the 1985 film Return of the Living Dead.[10] He also appeared with others in the 2009 documentary film Nightmares in Red, White and Blue.[11] On October 25, 2010, he was featured on the Biography Channel's The Inside Story: Halloween documentary about director John Carpenter's 1978 film, Halloween.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations


Muir's first novel was published by Powys Media in 2003, an officially licensed continuation of the Space: 1999 saga, titled The Forsaken. This is the second in the Powys line of Space: 1999 books, following William Latham's Resurrection. Muir's other fiction includes two short stories for The Official Farscape Magazine. In issue #6, for May 2002, his story "That Old Voodoo" was featured. In issue #8, for August 2002, his story "Make a Wish" was published.[citation needed]

Two of his Space: 1999 licensed short stories, "Futility" and "The Touch of Venus", appear in the anthology Space: 1999 Shepherd Moon (2010).[16]

Muir's second novel was published by Powys Media in 2014, another officially licensed novel in the Space: 1999 saga, entitled The Whispering Sea.

His next two novels were novellas in The House Between universe that he created, Enter The House Between Book #1: Arrived. and Enter The House Between Book #2: Settled. The books were published by Powys Media on December 3, 2022.[17]

The House Between

In 2006, Muir wrote and directed an original science fiction series[18] titled The House Between,[19] to be broadcast online. The House Between's first-season episode, "Arrived", premiered at Fantasci V[20] in Chesapeake, Virginia, on July 29, 2006. The second season of the series premiered January 25, 2008 and ran through March 2008. A third season began airing online in January 2009.[citation needed]

The House Between's second-season premiere ("Returned") was nominated for a Sy Fy Genre Award in 2008 under the category "Best Web Production." Sy Fy Radio on August 13, 2008, announced that The House Between placed second out of five productions, behind the bigger-budgeted Star Trek: Of Gods and Men by a margin of less than 100 votes. The third season of the series was nominated for "Best Web Production" at Airlock Alpha, but did not win. Altogether twenty-one episodes of The House Between were produced over three seasons.[21]

Enter The House Between

In 2023, Muir's follow-up to The House Between, an audio drama titled Enter The House Between aired a nine episode first season beginning April 12 and ending October 25. .



Liner notes & forewords


  1. ^ Archived June 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Archived February 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Willey, M. Space: 1999 Merchandise Guide, Archived December 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Welcome to ACEFEST,, 2010
  5. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2002), An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books
  6. ^ a b Muir, John Kenneth (2004), The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books
  7. ^ Chiller Theater Magazine. 2002. p. 57.
  8. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2006), Mercy in Her Eyes: The Films of Mira Nair, Applause Theater and Cinema Books
  9. ^[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Reviews - DVD,, archived from the original on February 8, 2008
  11. ^ Top 100 Film Studies Blogs,, 2009, archived from the original on September 9, 2012
  12. ^ Best of Reference 2005: Reference Values, New York Public Library, 2005, archived from the original on January 13, 2010
  13. ^ The Selections for Year 2003, American Library Association, 2003
  14. ^ Hinman, Michael (June 14, 2009), 'Battlestar Galactica' Dominates Portal Awards With 11 Nods,
  15. ^ Portal Genre Awards,, 2008, archived from the original on May 27, 2012
  16. ^ Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "The House Between".
  18. ^ Kenneth Muir, John (January 2007), A Reminder That All Things End: Farewell to Far Sector SFFH,
  19. ^ Muir, John Kenneth, The House Between,, archived from the original on August 10, 2006
  20. ^ Archived August 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ The House Between (Sci-Fi), The Lulu Show, February 16, 2007, retrieved July 12, 2022
  22. ^ "A search for identity". The Sunday Tribune. December 24, 2006. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  23. ^ "Monroe Writer's Guest Shot Merits Readers' Attention". Charlotte Observer. December 10, 2004. Retrieved May 4, 2011.