The Miskatonic London’s fall season classes with a celebration of holiday horror as renowned authors Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA) and Derek Johnston (HAUNTED SEASONS) talk Santa slashers and ghost stories for Christmas to coincide with the new anthology book YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION.
For many, Christmas is an annual celebration of goodwill and joy, but for others, it’s a time to curl up on the couch in the dead of winter for a good old fashioned fright. The festive holiday season has always included a more somber side, and scary tales of child-stealing demons to ghost stories told ‘round the fireplace go back to pre-Christian celebrations. These long-standing traditions have found modern expression in the Christmas horror film, a unique and sometimes controversial subgenre that cheerfully drives a stake of holly through the heart of cherished Christmas customs.
For this year-end class, YULETIDE TERROR contributors Stephen Thrower and Derek Johnston will delve into the world of festive fright favourites and obscurities, from American Santa Slashers (and the ensuing controversies) to the quintessentially-English A Ghost Story for Christmas series, providing insight on these subversive film and television presentations that allow viewers to engage in different ways with the complicated cultural history of the Christmas season.
The classe will also feature the Premiere of new Christmas horror short WE ALWAYS FIND OURSELVES IN THE SEA, written and directed by Sean Hogan (THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS) and produced by the team behind FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD in the wintry tradition of the classic M.R. James hearthside tales. Books available for purchase at the event and stay tuned for the spring 2018 lineup of classes!
Buy the book online here: Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television
Watch the special book trailer: