Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Expands to London

The Miskatonic Institure of Horror Studies, an academic, enlightening lecture series founded and realized by HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN author Kier-La Janisse, is expanding from its base in Montreal to include London as well. 

Opening January 8th, 2015 and running on the second Thursday of each month until June 11, the London branch of Miskatonic will operate under the co-direction of Janisse and Virginie Sélavy, founder of Electric Sheep and editor of THE END: AN ELECTRIC SHEEP ANTHOLOGY. Throughout the first half of 2015, ‘Miskatonic Institute will offer monthly lectures exploring the more obscure corners of horror and fantastical cinema, which will be taught by established writers, directors, scholars and programmers. It aims to be a nurturing environment for horror fans and scholars that will inspire intellectual curiosity and critical debate in a friendly atmosphere, as well as build a community around shared enthusiasm for the genre.’

‘Among the topics to be discussed are Jesus Franco, landscapes in horror, classroom safety films and sado-masochism. Instructors include prominent horror expert Kim Newman, author of NIGHTMARE MOVIES and CAT PEOPLE; horror and exploitation writer Stephen Thrower, author of NIGHTMARE USA and MURDEROUS PASSIONS: THE DELIRIOUS CINEMA OF JESUS FRANCO; Janisse, author of HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN and founder of Spectacular Optical Publications; Mark Pilkington, author of MIRAGE MEN and director of Strange Attractor Press; Jasper Sharp, author of BEHIND THE PINK CURTAIN and director of the documentary The Creeping Garden; and Sélavy.

The press release continues: ‘These classes will introduce participants to less well-known aspects of the horror and fantastical realm and equip them with a more sophisticated critical apparatus as well as provide historical perspective. It will explore how this vital area of cinema delves into the sources of our fears and desires, and dramatizes the most unsettling aspects of our relationship to the natural and social world, as well as to others. It will also examine how the genre has created some of the most wildly inventive sonic and visual forms in cinema.’

Miskatonic London will take place at Horse Hospital (Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD) from 7-10 p.m. on the dates of January 8th, February 12th, March 12th, April 9, May 14, and June 11. Admission is as follows: £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs / £55 full season registration

For more info on both Miskatonic London and Miskatonic Montreal, visit Miskatonic Institute.

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