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  (cash only at the door). FALL 2019 SEMESTER PASSES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HORSE HOSPITAL 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 (cash only at the door). FALL 2019 SEMESTER PASSES AVAILABLE THROUGH 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 (cash or paypal at the door). FALL 2019 SEMESTER PASSES AVAILABLE THROUGH EVENTBRITE HERE >>

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our promotional partners, Miskatonic offers up to five scholarships per school year (September to May) to successful applicants, which allow you to attend Miskatonic for free for one school year. Your scholarship will also get you free admission (space permitting) to other Miskatonic branches during your scholarship period.

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THE DIABOLIQUE SCHOLARSHIP FOR MISKATONIC LONDON
To apply for the Diabolique Scholarship to attend Miskatonic London for Spring 2019, please download the application HERE and send to miskatonicinstitute@gmail.com no later than December 21, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified no later than December 28, 2018.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Screening: THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (Los Angeles)
    Screening: THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (Los Angeles)
    Sun. Aug. 25, 2019 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Velaslavasay Panorama

    Can spider plants sense pain? Is fern telepathy feasible? The empathic, ecophilic Laurie (Nancy Boykin) thinks so, most days eschewing human interactions in favor of quality time with her fiddle-leaf fig tree. After a sudden tragedy, her sister Rilla (Nancy Snyder), a photographer and the film’s narrator, subsumes Laurie’s plant obsession, believing that certain secrets lie within their leaves. Beautifully shot by João Fernandes (Bloodrage, 1980), The Kirlian Witness is a botanical thriller of dendritic proportions, and an essential entry in the tiny but rich horticultural horror canon.
    PLUS! Enjoy a pre-screening reception in the gardens of the Velaslavasay Panorama.

  • THE BAD TRIP: PSYCHEDELIC HORROR CINEMA, 1967-1972 (London)
    THE BAD TRIP: PSYCHEDELIC HORROR CINEMA, 1967-1972 (London)
    Thu. Sep. 12, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    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.

  • MURDER SEASON: CRIME-SOLVING PLANTS AND OTHER VEGETAL HORRORS (Los Angeles)
    MURDER SEASON: CRIME-SOLVING PLANTS AND OTHER VEGETAL HORRORS (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Sep. 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Like the human cadaver, every plant, tree, flower and fungus has a story to tell. But when it comes to how plants tell stories, there are essentially two schools of thought: In the 1970s it was a popular belief – aided by unorthodox experiments, the proliferation of New Age publications and the mass-marketing of Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird’s 1973 book The Secret Life of Plants – that, despite their lack of a nervous system, plants were sentient and emotional, and could communicate their feelings to humans with the help of electronic devices. Conversely, the scientific community found more practical ways of gleaning what plants had to tell us, through the examination of trace elements at crime scenes in the field of forensic botany.

    Expanded from an article commissioned for Nicolas Winding Refn’s website ByNWR.com, Murder Season takes a look at the ways that a disillusioned generation became obsessed with plants, not only in their homes and gardens as part of the burgeoning environmentalist and earth mysteries movements that summoned people back to their rural roots, but in laboratories and recording studios that aimed to document the ways plants experienced and witnessed the world around them and how they could communicate knowledge to us – whether imparting ancient wisdom or fingering a murderer.

  • GOD OF THE OUTSIDERS: SATAN IN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT—OLD MYTH AND NEW INSIGHT (NYC)
    GOD OF THE OUTSIDERS: SATAN IN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT—OLD MYTH AND NEW INSIGHT (NYC)
    Thu. Sep. 19, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Tracing the earliest origins of humanity’s conception of an opposing force in the Eastern and Western worlds, Mitch Horowitz (author, Occult America) explores some of history’s most bracing and provocative interpretations of the Satanic—from the work of Milton and the Romantic poets (William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Lord Byron’s Cain) to more recent fiction and nonfiction literary efforts (Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas; Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible; Michael Aquino’s The Diabolicon), and examines how even some of our most recognized supernatural films (Devil’s Advocate; Rosemary’s Baby; The Ninth Gate) enunciate Satanic themes with penetrating classical validity. In the process, Mitch strips away historical and cultural preconceptions, misunderstandings, and shibboleths to open an entirely fresh window on the intellectual and cultural idea of the Satanic in Western history and contemporary life. He shines a new light into ancient myths, canonical literature, legends, and pop culture to trace out an authentic outsider tradition of Satanic thought. Join us for a challenging and eye-opening evening. You will come away with an entirely new conception of a “familiar devil.”

  • WANTED! MORE VIEWERS LIKE… DEPICTIONS OF HORROR FANDOM IN FILM AND TELEVISION (Los Angeles)
    WANTED! MORE VIEWERS LIKE… DEPICTIONS OF HORROR FANDOM IN FILM AND TELEVISION (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Oct. 10, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    In the comparatively nascent academic field of fan studies, very little scholarship has been devoted to horror fandom. Yet, for a branch of study invested in an audience’s passionate participation, horror fans have much to offer. Weaned on a steady diet of horror hosted syndicated shockers, EC Comics contraband, and dog-eared copies of Famous Monsters of Filmland, the dedicated “Monster Kids” of the 1950s and 1960s became the vaunted creators for the next generation. Similarly, enterprising “Gorehounds” of the 1980s, inspired by their use-worn pages of Fangoria and liquid latex-flecked copies of Dick Smith’s Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-Up Handbook went on to become the notable effects wizards for the ensuing generation. And the slithering ouroboros that is horror fandom continues to both feed and eat itself into the present day. Using fan studies as a springboard, this interdisciplinary lecture will chart the historical events, technological advancements, and cultural anxieties toward media effects that have influenced both the horror fan and the portrayal of the horror fan in film and television over the years. Dean Cameron, who famously played “Chainsaw” in Carl Reiner’s Summer School – perhaps the most recognizable fictional horror fan for viewers outside of the horror community and beloved by those within it – will be joining us for this discussion of horror fanthropology.

  • LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: KAREN ARTHUR IN CONVERSATION (NYC)
    LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: KAREN ARTHUR IN CONVERSATION (NYC)
    Sat. Oct. 19, 2019 - 12:00 am
    IFP Made in NY Media Center

    In collaboration with the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (which runs Oct 17-24), Miskatonic is proud to present a conversation with the pioneering director and producer Karen Arthur (THE MAFU CAGE, THE RAPE OF RICHARD BECK), who paved the way for women in genre filmmaking with her transgressive and socially challenging body of work.

  • CORRIDOR GOTHIC (London)
    CORRIDOR GOTHIC (London)
    Thu. Oct. 24, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This class investigates the role of the corridor in Gothic fiction and horror film from the late 18th century to the present day. It seeks to establish this transitional place as a crucial locus, by tracing the rise of the corridor as a distinct mode of architectural distribution in domestic and public buildings since the 18th century. The lecture tracks pivotal appearances of the corridor in fiction and film, and argues that it has become associated with a specific emotional tenor, less to do with amplified fear and horror and more to do with emotions of Angst or dread.

  • GOD OF THE OUTSIDERS: SATAN IN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT—OLD MYTH AND NEW INSIGHT (Los Angeles)
    GOD OF THE OUTSIDERS: SATAN IN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND ENTERTAINMENT—OLD MYTH AND NEW INSIGHT (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Oct. 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    Tracing the earliest origins of humanity’s conception of an opposing force in the Eastern and Western worlds, Mitch Horowitz (author, Occult America) explores some of history’s most bracing and provocative interpretations of the Satanic—from the work of Milton and the Romantic poets (William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Lord Byron’s Cain) to more recent fiction and nonfiction literary efforts (Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas; Anton LaVey’s The Satanic Bible; Michael Aquino’s The Diabolicon), and examines how even some of our most recognized supernatural films (Devil’s Advocate; Rosemary’s Baby; The Ninth Gate) enunciate Satanic themes with penetrating classical validity. In the process, Mitch strips away historical and cultural preconceptions, misunderstandings, and shibboleths to open an entirely fresh window on the intellectual and cultural idea of the Satanic in Western history and contemporary life. He shines a new light into ancient myths, canonical literature, legends, and pop culture to trace out an authentic outsider tradition of Satanic thought. Join us for a challenging and eye-opening evening. You will come away with an entirely new conception of a “familiar devil.”

  • LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: GARY SHERMAN IN CONVERSATION (London)
    LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: GARY SHERMAN IN CONVERSATION (London)
    Mon. Nov. 18, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    In association with the Abertoir Film Festival, we are pleased to welcome Gary Sherman to the Miskatonic Institute for an evening of history, anecdotes and practical tips from his 50-year career in filmmaking, including iconic genre films such as Death Line (1972), Dead & Buried (1981), Vice Squad (1982), Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986), Poltergeist III (1988) and more.

  • DESTRUCTIBLE MAN: THE DUMMY-DEATH AND CINEMATIC STORYTELLING LANGUAGE (NYC)
    DESTRUCTIBLE MAN: THE DUMMY-DEATH AND CINEMATIC STORYTELLING LANGUAGE (NYC)
    Thu. Nov. 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    Prosthetic demise, or the “dummy death” as film historians Howard S. Berger and Kevin Marr refer to it, is a practical cinematic technique wherein an actor portraying a character is replaced by an articulated replica special-effects mannequin at a moment of extreme violence and/or death within a given film’s narrative. This device has been employed by filmmakers all over the world, at every level of production and in every genre since the dawn of the cinematic medium. When viewed in isolation, the dummy death effect can be characterized as the cinematic illusion in microcosm. The class will be illustrated by clips from such dummy-death emboldened films like STRAIT-JACKET, SCANNERS, DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN, THE BIRDS, 2001 and THE FURY, and films by directors as disparate as Alfred Hitchcock and William Castle, Francois Truffaut and Al Adamson, Quentin Tarantino and Edwin S. Porter, Steven
    Spielberg and Shohei Imamura, within the same cinematic, storytelling continuum.

  • THE MORBIDO CRYPT’S GUIDE TO MEXICAN FANTASY AND HORROR CINEMA (Los Angeles)
    THE MORBIDO CRYPT’S GUIDE TO MEXICAN FANTASY AND HORROR CINEMA (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Nov. 21, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    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.

  • LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: PENNY SLINGER IN CONVERSATION (Los Angeles)
    LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: PENNY SLINGER IN CONVERSATION (Los Angeles)
    Thu. Dec. 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Philosophical Research Society

    The Miskatonic Institute is pleased to welcome filmmaker, collage artist, sculptor and performer Penny Slinger to our LA branch for an exclusive, in-depth conversation about her dark surrealist work in multiple mediums, frequently addressing themes of interior space, body horror, female sexuality and psychosis. Penny’s work – from with her early student short films and first book of collage art, 50% The Visible Woman to her collaborations with filmmakers Peter Whitehead (Lilford Hall, 1969) and Jane Arden’s Holocaust Theatre troupe (culminating in the feature film The Other Side of the Underneath, 1972), and her masterpiece of psychic trauma, the collage art book An Exorcism (1977) – was the spark for a new mode of surrealism focused on the female experience that would have ripples throughout the film and art worlds, though it would take many years for her pioneering influence to be acknowledged.

  • DEAD EYES OF LONDON: THE GERMAN 'KRIMI' FILM (NYC)
    DEAD EYES OF LONDON: THE GERMAN 'KRIMI' FILM (NYC)
    Thu. Dec. 19, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Film Noir Cinema

    This class will explore the German krimi film, or Kriminalfilm, a genre of West German crime thrillers inspired by the novels of British mystery writer and King Kong creator Edgar Wallace starting in the late 1950s with Der Frosch mit der Mask (The Fellowship of the Frog, 1959), With their lurid violence and macabre humor, and shadowy, fog-drenched sets in an imaginary London or in spooky castles replete with secret passageways, the Kriminalfilm is an important but relatively unexplored subgenre. Perhaps this neglect is due to the death of home video releases for English language audiences, but the krimi represent a vital stepping-stone: they are effectively the bridge between German Expressionism and film noir, and later horror subgenres like the Italian giallo film and Eurohorror of the ‘70s. Though they retained common themes and shared stock characters—often embodied by beloved cult actors like Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski—krimi plots would become increasingly lurid and pulpy as the series wound to a close in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, directly influencing the Eurohorror of the ‘70s.

  • THINGS FROM OTHER WORLDS: ADAPTING, TRANSFORMING AND TRANSLATING 'THE THING' (London)
    THINGS FROM OTHER WORLDS: ADAPTING, TRANSFORMING AND TRANSLATING 'THE THING' (London)
    Thu. Dec. 19, 2019 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    The Horse Hospital

    This lecture explores the rich narrative universe of The Thing, using its various iterations to examine the multi-platform and serial nature of contemporary genre storytelling. In a way reminiscent of the alien subject at its heart, which copies, transforms and mutates as its virus spreads, The Thing illustrates the way in which intricate and complex ‘worldbuilding’ can occur through the introduction of new narrative instalments across multiple media platforms. But it also highlights the impossibility of exhaustively defining categories of adaptation and serialisation. Ultimately, this lecture does not strive to resolve these complexities, but rather to identify the theoretical considerations raised by transmedia genre storytelling within a wider culture of recycling and adaptation.

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