Katarzyna Marak, Ph. D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland; she is the author of Japanese and American Horror: A Comparative Study of Film, Fiction, Graphic Novels and Video Games and the co-author of the upcoming monograph Gameplay, Emotions and Narrative: Independent Games Experienced, as well as a number of papers and chapters about independent games, game mechanics, player experience, the storytelling aspects of games and audience reception, as well as comparative analysis of fiction (film and literature). Her research interests concern game studies, with particular emphasis on independent game texts, horror fiction, testimonies of reception, and various aspects of American and Japanese popular culture.
Selected academic publications:
- Aspekty funkcjonowania gier cyfrowych we współczesnej kulturze: studia przypadków, [Selected Characteristics of Digital Games’ Functions in Contemporary Culture: Case Studies] (2016); Katarzyna Marak and Miłosz Markocki, Toruń: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press
- Marak, Katarzyna. “Walking through the Past: The Mechanics and Player Experience of Haunting, Obsession and Trauma in Layers of Fear.” Theoria et Historia Scientiarum 14 (2017): 55-69
- Marak, Katarzyna. “Wybrane fanowskie praktyki dochodzeniowe na przykładzie fandomu gier Silent Hill [Selected Forensic Practices of the Silent Hill fandom members].” Studia Kulturoznawcze 2 (8), 89-100