The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international educational community through which established horror writers, directors, scholars and curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective. We have regular classes in London, New York and Los Angeles, as well as hosting special events worldwide.

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THE SHADOW OVER LOVECRAFT archival class now available to watch free online

With guest speakers Matt Ruff (author, Lovecraft Country), Victor LaValle (author, The Ballad of Black Tom), Ruthanna Emrys (author, The Innsmouth Legacy series) and longtime Lovecraft scholar Peter H. Cannon, moderated by author, lawyer and Miskatonic Board member Rodney Perkins. This is a recording of a panel that took place at Miskatonic NYC on April […]

LIMITED TIME! GLOBAL PASS available for ALL THREE Miskatonic branches

For a limited time (only through Weds Sept 16 at 7pm UK time), we are offering our first-ever GLOBAL PASS, which gets you access to ALL classes at each of the three branches. This 12-class global semester pass includes all monthly classes curated by Miskatonic London, LA and NYC and available to watch worldwide – […]

THE BAD TRIP: PSYCHEDELIC HORROR CINEMA, 1967-1972 (NYC online)

Thu. Nov. 19, 2020

Within psychedelic culture the threat of the bad trip hovers like an ominous presence. Psychedelic or ‘Mind-clearing’ drugs may promise wisdom, visionary insight or a fabulous holiday for the brain, but they can also release the horrors of the id, tear the veil of sanity and pull you into the void. This class will chart the emergence of psychedelia across the Sixties and will examine the incorporation of its visual language in horror cinema during the period 1966-1972. Rather than seeing the films in question as acts of exploitation, the talk will frame them as radical works of acid horror, a from which in the case of The Dunwich Horror is used to conjure the cosmic vertigo integral to H. P. Lovecraft’s writing. Further, the talk will also read back from the films to the wider drug culture to uncover a sense of horror underpinning the psychedelic experience as a whole.

MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES MOVES TO ONLINE FORMAT FOR FALL SEMESTER

Thu. Nov. 19, 2020

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, established in 2010 to offer classes in horror history, theory and production with branches in London, New York and Los Angeles, will be moving to exclusively online classes for all three of its branches for the Fall 2020 semester. Attendees from anywhere in the world can mix and match […]

Monster, Vampire, Cannibal: Queer Horror and the Gothic (NYC online)

Thu. Oct. 15, 2020

Since the first Gothic novel, Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764), the Gothic has included themes of transgressive sexuality. Queerness is embedded in the roots of Gothic fiction, and conversely gothicism has become a means of creating a “queer world” in art, literature, and culture. Though Gothic themes and tropes have morphed over the years to reflect shifting cultural anxieties and desires, gothicism along with its inherent queerness has persisted in various forms up to the present. Horror often contains Gothic elements such as monstrosity, cannibalism, haunting, live burial, torture, subterranean passages, and sexualized power dynamics that signal overt or sub-textual queer content. This class asks students to consider how and why gothicism emerges in queer horror contexts.