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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School of Shock: Pain and Pleasure in the Classroom Safety Film (LA)

Thu. Nov. 29, 2018

Just added! Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies founder Kier-La Janisse gives this class on the history of the shocking classroom safety film

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Ghouls to the Front: Rethinking Women’s Horror Filmmaking (Austin)

Tue. Sep. 25, 2018

While researching and writing her upcoming book 1000 Women in Horror, Australian film critic and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas was struck by the scope of women’s horror filmmaking. That scope lead to some important – and sometimes difficult – questions: are horror films made by women necessarily ‘feminist’? What do we mean when we talk about ‘feminism’ anyway? What can we learn from art history? Do women make necessarily different kinds of horror films to men and represent violence in different ways? And who has told us which women horror filmmakers’ matter – and, through their omission from popular memory, which ones don’t?

Rather than presenting a singular alternate history of women’s horror filmmaking, Heller-Nicholas seeks to blow open the way we think about this subject more broadly, looking at a range of examples from around the world from 1898 to 2018 in order to think through ways we can collectively rethink the history of horror more broadly to be more inclusive, more representative, and more fun.

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Getting the Fear: GHOST STORIES’ Andy Nyman in Conversation with Stephen Thrower (Lisbon)

Sat. Sep. 8, 2018

Andy Nyman , co-creator of the chilling new film Ghost Stories, talks to Stephen Thrower about the process of adapting the original stage play, ghost story traditions, and how to disturb the viewer. Pivotal to Ghost Stories is the notion of scepticism: why is the sceptic such an important figure in ghost stories? How can a film scare an audience who do not always believe in its premise? And how does one retain the ambiguity so important in the creation of uncanny moods?

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THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES ANNOUNCES NEW LA BRANCH AND FALL 2018 LINEUP

Sat. Sep. 8, 2018

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, the world’s longest-running educational organization devoted to the study of horror history, theory and production, has just announced a new Los Angeles branch to complement those in London and New York. The new Los Angeles branch will be hosted at the Los Feliz headquarters of the Philosophical Research Society, […]

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Live From Miskatonic: Joe Coleman – Stealing Fire: The Mastery of the Outsider (NYC)

Tue. Sep. 11, 2018

There is an intersection, by accident or intent, where the Master and the Outsider create symbols and works that mirror. There are places where The Master is unsure to go but the Outsider without the boundaries of convention walks into dangerous territory where the soul is confronted and everything is changed and what is a dream and what is real is combined and elevated. In this unique live conversation moderated by film writer and producer Heather Buckley, Joe Coleman will investigate a series of films and the ways that concepts of high and low art intersect in and around them.