Registration

CURRICULUM + REGISTRATION

Students can register for the entire semester, or for individual classes. Students who complete both autumn and spring semesters will be eligible for a graduation diploma and gift after classes end in May.

Please note if you are a season passholder, to receive notification about the graduation ceremony, a graduation diploma, graduation gift and a Miskatonic student card, we will need to make sure we have your email address when you attend your first class, as the third-party ticketing system does not provide us with this information.

Please sign up to our mailing list HERE to be notified for any updates about the classes.

The Miskatonic curriculum will vary from year to year.

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REGISTRATION FEES:

Each Miskatonic location has its own pricing structure and method of registration.

Miskatonic London offers monthly classes, and students can register for the entire semester for a discounted price, or for individual classes. Registration for a full semester is £45-£55 and individual class tickets are £12 advance / £15 on the door, with select special events involving out of town guests priced at £17-20. FULL SPRING 2020 SEASON PASS AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE HERE >>

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Miskatonic NYC offers monthly classes and students can register for the entire semester for a discounted price, or for individual classes. Registration for a full semester is $40-$50 and admission to individual classes is $12 advance / $15 at the door, with select special events $15 advance / $17 at the door. FULL SPRING 2020 SEASON PASS AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE HERE >>

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Miskatonic LA offers monthly classes and occasional special events. Students can register for the entire semester for a discounted price, or for individual classes. Registration for a full semester is $40-$50 and admission to individual classes is $12 advance / $15 at the door, with select special events $15 advance / $17 at the door. FULL SPRING 2020 SEASON PASS AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE HERE >>

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • GOLEMS, DYBBUKS & OTHER MOVIE MONSTERS: THE SEARCH FOR A JEWISH HORROR FILM (London)
    GOLEMS, DYBBUKS & OTHER MOVIE MONSTERS: THE SEARCH FOR A JEWISH HORROR FILM (London)
    Thu. Mar. 12, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Swedenborg Society

    Mainstream horror cinema has been known to draw upon Jews and Jewish belief traditions as a kind of domesticated exotica. Jews are cast as either wise scholars of arcane magic, or as voices for cynical positivism, proponents of scientific rationalism in opposition to Christian metaphysics and mysticism. In many cases, the cosmology shown in these films is much less Jewish, and more likely to be Christian beliefs performing a kind of Jewish drag show. In this class, scholar Mikel J. Koven explores Jewish folklore and looks to legends about Golems and Dybbuks as sources for cinematic horror. Ultimately, this class is designed to explore the relationship between cultural identity and horror cinema. Specifically, Koven discusses the extent to which these films avail themselves to Jewish lore and also maintain the cultural contexts which first developed these narratives. In other words, just how Jewish are these Jewish horror movies?

  • HA! AAAH! THE PAINFUL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMOR AND HORROR (Los Angeles)
    HA! AAAH! THE PAINFUL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMOR AND HORROR (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Mar. 12, 2020 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Veteran comedy writer David Misch (Mork & Mindy, Police Squad!, Saturday Night Live) explores how both humor and horror share a mordant view of our relationship to pain – an obsession with the human body and its multifarious fluids, and a subtext of death and transcendence underlying the eviscerated flesh and fart jokes. What could be more blood-curdlingly fun?

  • HAUNTING THE NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS: THE RISE OF INDIGENOUS HORROR (NYC)
    HAUNTING THE NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS: THE RISE OF INDIGENOUS HORROR (NYC)
    Thu. Mar. 26, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    For this class we welcome instructor Kali Simmons and special guest Jeff Barnaby, who will guide us through the cultural shifts that have affected and informed the depiction of Indigenous cultures onscreen over the last 50 years of horror history.

  • THE WORLD IS FULL OF TERRIBLE PEOPLE: SHIRLEY JACKSON AND FEMALE VIOLENCE (London)
    THE WORLD IS FULL OF TERRIBLE PEOPLE: SHIRLEY JACKSON AND FEMALE VIOLENCE (London)
    Thu. Apr. 9, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Swedenborg Society

    Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) remains best known for her supernatural horror novel The Haunting of Hill House (1959. After several decades of critical and commercial neglect, her work now has a higher public profile than ever. Scholar Bernice M. Murphy will be talking about who Jackson was and the reasons why her work remains so important for horror fans and creators. well as creating the most famous haunted house of the twentieth-century, Jackson also played a foundational role in establishing the ‘Suburban Gothic’ sub-genre, and wrote what is still the single-most notorious American folk horror tale (‘The Lottery’, 1948). The class will also focus on one particularly timely (and influential) aspect of Jackson’s interest in domesticity and female interiority: her recurrent depiction of deeply troubled young women. Murphy will argue that the narrator of We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the precursor to the many young women in the contemporary horror cinema canon who find the boundaries between reality and fantasy dangerously malleable, and discuss several recent horror films focusing on homicidal young women whose behaviour and motivations owe much to the Jackson blueprint.

  • THE GHASTLY ONE: JIMMY McDONOUGH on ANDY MILLIGAN (Los Angeles)
    THE GHASTLY ONE: JIMMY McDONOUGH on ANDY MILLIGAN (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Apr. 9, 2020 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Andy Milligan is one of the most compelling, contentious lone wolfs in cinema history. A dressmaker, actor and puppeteer, Milligan cranked out titles like Bloodthirsty Butchers, The Body Beneath, and The Rats are Coming! The Werewolves are Here! on threadbare budgets. He made sexploitation movies, period horror films (elaborately costumed by Milligan himself) and even a landmark gay short. His films were deeply personal statements, despite limitations which made him the laughingstock of the 42nd street distributors who cashed in on his work. Ever the outsider, Milligan was homosexual, a sadist and an avowed misogynist, and all of this is quite present in his creations. In this class, Milligan biographer Jimmy McDonough will show some of his favorite clips from his movies and unlock the secrets that lie within.

  • JESÚS FRANCO: SHOOTING AT THE SPEED OF LIFE (NYC)
    JESÚS FRANCO: SHOOTING AT THE SPEED OF LIFE (NYC)
    Thu. Apr. 30, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    In this evening’s discussion, acclaimed author Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA, JESS FRANCO: FLOWERS OF PERVERSION/MURDEROUS PASSIONS) will explore Franco’s ability to juggle the commercial and personal dimensions of filmmaking through his confrontational works of horror, sadism and erotic spectacle.

  • BLOOD IN THE STREETS: FILM CYCLES, SERIAL KILLERS AND THE GIALLO (London)
    BLOOD IN THE STREETS: FILM CYCLES, SERIAL KILLERS AND THE GIALLO (London)
    Thu. May. 14, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Swedenborg Society

    This talk will investigate how a collection of film cycles within the giallo capitalised on preoccupations with the recent past in 1970s Italy, and an attendant sense of disquiet towards modernity and the pace of socio-cultural change. This will in turn reveal various strategies that were being deployed to exploit the local film market, in a perpetual attempt to capitalise on topicality and the perceived tastes of the popular audience.

  • JESÚS FRANCO: SHOOTING AT THE SPEED OF LIFE (Los Angeles)
    JESÚS FRANCO: SHOOTING AT THE SPEED OF LIFE (Los Angeles)
    Thu. May. 14, 2020 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    In this evening’s discussion, acclaimed author Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA, JESS FRANCO: FLOWERS OF PERVERSION/MURDEROUS PASSIONS) will explore Franco’s ability to juggle the commercial and personal dimensions of filmmaking through his confrontational works of horror, sadism and erotic spectacle.

  • TALKIN' TO DRACULA AND HIS CREW: THE GOTH SUBCULTURE'S ETERNAL AFFAIR WITH HORROR (NYC)
    TALKIN' TO DRACULA AND HIS CREW: THE GOTH SUBCULTURE'S ETERNAL AFFAIR WITH HORROR (NYC)
    Thu. May. 21, 2020 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    This lecture will discuss the inextricable link between horror and the goth subculture through music, visuals, fashion, and spaces – with an emphasis on the 1980s. It will focus on the allure of the unknown and its pleasurable horrors, as well as their underlying meanings. While the foundation of goth gathers inspiration from early horror films (Dracula, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), it also influenced later iterations of the horror genre through visuals and soundtrack selections (The Crow, Queen of the Damned). Additionally, we will discuss how the aesthetics of the horror genre leaked into the interior of the club: not only did the music set the tone, but the decor of its walls created the overall atmosphere, which at times included meat bags (Planet X, Liverpool) and an elevated coffin surrounded by candelabras (The Magic Circle, Zürich). Topics covered will also include Freud’s das unheimliche (the uncanny) within album art – such as X-Mal Deutschland’s cover for their 1982 single for “Incubus Succubus” – as well as Danielle Dax’s performance in The Company of Wolves, and Propaganda Magazine’s video trilogy. Plus, musical and visual samples from beloved artists including The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees as well as the ghastly theatrics of bands such as Specimen, Neva, Parálisis Permanente, and the Virgin Prunes.

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