AB, University of Chicago, 1970; Master of Arts, University of Michigan, 1971; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, 1976.
Teaching fellow University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1971-1975. Instructor Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, 1976-1978. Associate professor Northern Michigan University, Marquette, 1978-1983.
Division head Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio, 1983-1987. Department chair Shippensburg (Pennsylvania) University, 1987-1992, East Carolina University, North Carolina, since 1992.
Member International Association for Fantastic in Arts (president 1989-1992, treasurer 1983-1989), Popular Culture Association (film area chair since 1991, comics area chair 1980-1991).
Married Joan Reisman, April 30, 1972 (divorced 1976). Married Julie Marie Bell, December 30, 1978 (divorced 1990). Children: Anthony D., David Vincent.
Married Susan Elizabeth Conshue, May 8, 1992.