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.

HAUNTED MUSEUM: THE LORE AND LEGACY OF THE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS (Los Angeles)

Sun. Oct. 20, 2019

What truly created the classic Universal monsters? The iconic figures of the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, the Wolfman, The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon were the not only the results of great performance, make-up and filmmaking skill, but a response to the events of the world around them. From the movie monsters birthed by the Great Depression to the creatures who emerged from the atomic age of the 1950s, director Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins), author Mallory O’Meara (The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick) and special guest Sara Karloff will discuss these origins and more on a panel moderated by author and screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner.

THE MORBIDO CRYPT’S GUIDE TO MEXICAN FANTASY AND HORROR CINEMA (Austin)

Sun. Sep. 22, 2019

Join us for a scenic tour of Mexican genre cinema guided by Morbido Fest’s head programmer, Abraham Castillo Flores. Delving beyond luchadores and psychotronica, Abraham unearths the monsters that fomented a distinctive but barely acknowledged corner of our cinematic consciousness.

Miskatonic Presents: WITCHES, SLUTS, FEMINISTS (Huntington, NY)

Tue. Sep. 17, 2019

In this illustrated talk, New School faculty member and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive Kristen J. Sollée will trace the witch in visual media from the early modern era through the present, examining her legacy as an icon of female power and persecution, and as a potent feminist symbol. Note this class is off-site at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, NY.

Ever Present: MOTHER EARTH’S PLANTASIA (Los Angeles)

Sat. Sep. 7, 2019

Celebrate California plant culture with a special program inspired by 1970s Los Angeles and Plantasia, the iconic album made for plants and the people who love them. Worldwide curiosities guide Atlas Obscura and Brooklyn’s Sacred Bones Records teams up with the Getty’s Ever Present series to delve into the plant-centric cultural movement behind Mort Garson’s 1976 cult-classic electronic album Mother Earth’s Plantasia. Join us for a day filled with music, workshops, and presentations that explore the influence of plants on art and culture in Los Angeles, including presentations by Miskatonic’s own Kier-La Janisse and Jacqueline Castel.

FOLK HORROR AND NEW FOLK HORROR: A CONVERSATION WITH ARI ASTER (Lisbon)

Sun. Sep. 15, 2019

The occult fields and forests of Folk Horror, which in the 1970s and 80s birthed “The Wicker Man”, “Witchfinder General”, “Blood on Satan’s Claw”, “The Company of Wolves”, and others, have been revisited with increasing frequency in recent years. Filmmakers such as Ben Wheatley (“Kill List”, “A Field in England”), Robert Eggers (“The Witch”, “The Lighthouse”), Jordan Peele (“Get Out”, “Us”) and Ari Aster (“Hereditary”, “Midsommar”) have led a resurgence of New Folk Horror over the last decade.

In this masterclass at Lisbon’s Motel X Festival, Ari Aster and writer Howard David Ingham (“We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror”) will discuss exactly what is so inspiring about the genre, why the time is right for it to find a new audience, and what the New Folk Horror brings to the field.