Joseph Thorne received his PhD from Liverpool John Moores University in 2019 where he researched late-Victorian decadence, social networks and material culture at the Fin de Siècle. He has presented his work at numerous academic and public conferences and is on the committee of the British Association of Decadence Studies. He was a research assistant for the 2015 exhibition Richard Le Gallienne: Liverpool’s Wild(e) Poet at the Liverpool Central Library, co-organised the 2017 ‘Neo-Victorian Decadences’ conference at Durham University, and was an external advisor for the 2019 conference ‘C21 Global Victorians’ at Warwick University. He has carried out research on decadent celebrities, including Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, and the scandalous spaces in which the members of this late-Victorian counterculture interacted. In addition to his research, he is the screenwriter for the Neo-Victorian mining drama The House of Abraham Phillips, currently in development.