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.

From the Archives: PETE WALKER in Conversation

Miskatonic is proud to present an evening in conversation with the great British horror and sexploitation director Pete Walker, moderated by Bret Berg of The American Genre Film Archive. This class took place on Thursday May 9, 2019 in the main lecture hall at our Los Angeles host venue, the Philosophical Research Society. This archival […]


The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies presents a conversation with British surrealist filmmaker, collage artist, sculptor and performer Penny Slinger, moderated by filmmaker and Miskatonic NYC Co-Director Jacqueline Castel. This class originally took place on December 12, 2019 in the Manly P. Hall Library at our Los Angeles host venue, the Philosophical Research Society. Note: […]

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Launches Archival Classes Online Throughout Summer, Welcomes New L.A. Branch Co-Directors: 
Filmmaker Graham Skipper & Film Historian Amy Searles

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is the world’s longest-running educational organization dedicated to classes in horror history, theory and production, and currently has branches in L.A., New York, and London. While we take this time to prepare the Fall 2020 semester amidst the current lockdown regulations Miskatonic will be launching archival videos of classes […]

Miskatonic NYC Announces Spring 2020 Lineup of Talks

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies celebrates its 10th anniversary of offering classes in horror history, theory and production this spring, with an electrifying slate of illustrated lectures by some of the genre’s most renowned scholars, filmmakers and luminaries. We are proud to announce the Spring 2020 lineup for our New York branch. First up […]


Wed. Feb. 12, 2020

The type of the cannibalistic woman can be found in stories throughout history – Lilith, the Sirens, Snow White. But she is of particular interest right now by capturing ever-present social anxieties about the tense and endlessly complicated relationship between gender, hunger, desire, sex, autonomy and power. The characters in these films negotiate and subvert expectations for how women should look and behave. Drawing in particular from the legacy of the femme fatale, many of them actively deceive the men they intend to eat, using their beauty to seduce and then devour. They reflect the dangers of the female body, taken literally and to the extreme – mouths that swallow, teeth that bite, nails that tear. The presence of this type in cinema provokes an exploration of the idea of boundaries, interrogating distinctions between self and other, inside and outside, touch and penetration. In their pursuit of complete incorporation, these women reduce humans to their physical qualities, treating bodies like meat, provoking an experience of abjection which forces the question of what it means to be human.