After closing out the autumn season with our sold-out Yuletide Terror class with instructors Stephen Thrower and Derek Johnston examining Christmas horror in its myriad cultural forms, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies returns in January 2018 for another semester of classes on horror topics both iconic and arcane.
We begin on January 18th with Howard David Ingham’s Powers of Attraction, which looks at folk horror in the 1970s and the significance of its resurgence today; on February 15th our “Live From Miskatonic” series returns with horror fiction legend Ramsey Campbell live in conversation with prolific author and editor Stephen Jones; March 15th Stacey Abbott, co-author of TV Horror: The Dark Side of the Small Screen (2012), investigates the history and influence of Richard Matheson’s seminal text I Am Legend (1954), including his own censor-rejected script; on April 19th we switch gears to the practical with Watchmaker Films’ Mark Rance, who discusses the complex material, theoretical and subjective issues involved in digital restoration, using his work on F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) as a case study.
And as we head into summer on May 17th, we close out the semester with a class Ian Cooper’s No Sense Makes Sense, focused on that infamous August of 1969, and the many films that exploited the crimes of the Manson Family and other cults that emerged from that revolutionary period, as well as examining the renewed fascination with cults in the 21st century. Full details on all classes and instructors follow below.
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international organization that was founded by film writer/programmer Kier-La Janisse in March of 2010 and now has branches in London and New York. Miskatonic London operates under the co-direction of Kier-La Janisse and Josh Saco.
All classes take place at the historic Horse Hospital, the heart of the city’s underground culture. Registration for the full fall semester is £45 (includes Miskatonic student card) and individual class tickets are £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concessions. Find out more here: ?www.miskatonic-london.com