Instructors

David Flint

DAVID FLINT is a freelance writer, sometime filmmaker and full time angry misanthrope who has edited Sheer Filth, Divinity and Headpress, authored Babylon Blue, Ten Years of Terror and Zombie Holocaust and written for publications ranging from Rapid Eye, Bizarre and Skin Two to Penthouse, Loaded and Mayfair.

Neil Snowdon

Neil Snowdon is a writer, editor and film programmer whose work has appeared in the pages of Rue Morgue Magazine and Video Watchdog. 'We Are The Martians: The Legacy Of Nigel Kneale' is his first book. A second volume of Kneale essays will be follow next year. He is also Series Editor of the forthcoming 'Midnight Movie Monographs' for Electric Dreamhouse Press, a new cinema imprint formed in conjunction with the award winning PS Publishing, due to begin publishing in 2016.

David Pirie

Author of 'A Heritage Of Horror', the seminal text on British Horror Films, David Pirie is also an author and screenwriter of repute. His first TV play 'Rainy Day Women' was directly inspired by aspects of Nigel Kneale's 'Quatermass II'. Later work includes the acclaimed 'Murder Rooms' series of novels and TV which explored the origins of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, an adaptation of Wilkie Collins' 'The Woman In White' for TV, uncredited work on Lars Von Trier's 'Breaking The Waves', and 'Murderland' starring Robbie Coltrane.

Jeremy Dyson

Author, screenwriter, playwright, and the least visible member of 'The League Of Gentlemen', Jeremy Dyson is also the author of 'Bright Darkness: The Lost Art Of The Supernatural Horror Film'. His short story collection 'The Cranes That Built The Cranes' won the 2010 Edge Hill Award, while his play 'Ghost Stories' (written with Andy Nyman) broke box office records at the Everyman Liverpool and the Lyric Hammersmith. Currently writing and script editing for TV he can also be seen playing keyboards for the band, Rudolph Rocker.

Stephen Laws

Author of 11 novels and numerous short stories (collected as 'The Midnight Man'), Stephen Laws is also a columnist, reviewer, film-festival interviewer and pianist. His novel 'Darkfell' was optioned by the Weinstein Company. He also wrote and starred in short Horror film 'The Secret'. His expert knowledge of the genre lead to a long association with the Festival Of Fantastic Films in Manchester, where he interviewed many stars, writers and directors of the genre from across the world. The best of these interviews will be collected as 'The Laws Of Horror', forthcoming from Spectral Press.

Maura McHugh

Maura McHugh Maura McHugh lives in the West of Ireland, and began her career in academia. Her first Masters examined Irish nineteenth century supernatural fiction (making her a life-long Dracula nerd). After a sojourn in IT she later explored her love of cinema through a Diploma in Film Studies followed by a Masters in Screenwriting. Her dark fantasy and horror short stories and non-fiction essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in America and Europe. Her two collections - Twisted Fairy Tales and Twisted Myths - were published in the USA, and she's written award-winning comic book series, including co-writing Witchfinder with Kim Newman for Dark Horse Comics. Her short story 'Bone Mother' is being adapted into a stop-motion short film by See Creature in Canada. She has also served on the juries of international literary, comic book, and film awards. Her web site is http://splinister.com and she tweets as @splinister

Mark Morris

Acclaimed by Clive Barker as 'One of the finest horror writers at work today', Mark has also written original novels for the BBC Doctor Who range, and audio drama for Big Finish and Hammer. His short fiction is widely anthologised, while his work as editor of new annual collection 'The Spectral Book Of Horror Stories' was nominated for a British Fantasy Award. His most recent books are the hauntological horror novella 'Albion Fay' and 'The Society Of Blood', part two of his genre busting 'Obsidian Heart Trilogy' available now from Titan.

Lindsay Hallam

Lindsay Hallam Lindsay Hallam is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of East London. She is the author of the book Screening the Marquis de Sade: Pleasure, Pain and the Transgressive Body in Film (McFarland 2012), and has directed the documentary Fridey at the Hydey (2013). Lindsay has contributed to the collections Trauma, Media, Art: New Perspectives (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), Dracula's Daughters: The Female Vampire on Film (Scarecrow Press, 2013), Fragmented Nightmares: Transnational Horror Across Visual Media (Routledge, 2014), Critical Insights: Violence in Literature (Salem Press, 2014), and the journals Asian Cinema, Senses of Cinema, Cine-Excess and Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. She is interested in all aspects of horror cinema, having written on topics such as female vampires, torture porn and post-9/11 trauma, mad science films, Italian horror, Australian eco-horror, and the television series Twin Peaks.

Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. He has written for and acted in TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock, the latter of which he also co-created. He is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen alongside Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and co-writer Jeremy Dyson, and adapted MR James' 'The Tractate Middoth' for the BBC's long-running GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS series in 2013.

Justin Harries

Justin Harries Justin Harries is the co-creator and curator of Filmbar70, a London based film-club that specialises in screening anomalies drawn from the last gasp of European genre cinema, and has contributed visual and written essays to a number of DVD releases – especially those that lean toward the more glamourous side of the giallo genre. He also makes up approximately 50% of ‘The Carpenters’ (a John Carpenter tribute band) and is a member of ‘The Begotten’, a collective providing improvised sonics to E. Elias Merhige’s avant-splatter flick.

Jack Sargeant

Jack Sargeant As an author Jack Sargeant’s work has been described as "dangerously inspirational". His numerous books include Against Control, Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground and Naked Lens: Beat Cinema (like Deathtripping now in its third English language edition). His forthcoming book Flesh and Excess on Underground Film is due for publication in late 2015. He has written on film and culture for numerous books, anthologies and journals, and introductions for books by Lydia Lunch, Romain Slocombe, Joe Coleman and for William Burroughs’s Unforgettable Characters. He writes a regular column for FilmInk, and has written for The Wire, Xochi 23, Fortean Times, World Art, Real Time and many other publications. Jack has frequently appeared as a documentary interviewee in films including Blank City, The Advocate for Fagdom and Llik Your Idols. He is regularly called upon to assist in research for television and film documentaries. In addition to writing, Sargeant has lectured on underground film and culture, beat culture, William Burroughs and many other topics across the world. He has curated numerous film and art events, including co-curating the critically acclaimed 'Sex' at Melbourne's Strange Neighbour gallery. He is currently program director for the Revelation Film Festival in Western Australia.

David Kerekes

David Kerekes David Kerekes is a co-founder of the publishing house Headpress. He is co-author of the books Killing for Culture (1994), revised and updated as Killing for Culture: From Edison to Isis — A New History of Death on Film (2016), and See No Evil: Banned Films and Video Controversy (2001). He is the author of Sex Murder Art: The Films of Jörg Buttgereit (1994) and has written extensively on popular culture. His meditation on southern Italian Diaspora and folklore, Mezzogiorno, was published in 2012. www.worldheadpress.com

John Cussans

John Cussans John Cussans is an artist, writer and researcher based in London. Since 2009 he has been involved with the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, often working with the Haitian video collective Tele Geto. He is the author of Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie-Complex (Strange Attractor).

Catherine Lester

Catherine Lester Catherine Lester is completing her PhD on the children’s horror film at the University of Warwick, and has taught and spoken widely on this topic. Outside of this research, Catherine is interested in children’s media culture more broadly, particularly in representations of gender and sexuality, and has done some recent work in relation to this on Disney's Frozen. In March 2016 she co-organised an academic conference on ‘Girlhood, Media and Popular Culture, 1990-present’ at Warwick. She has written film reviews and essays for the site alternatetakes.co.uk and you can find her tweeting about popular culture, feminism and occasionally her pet rabbits @CineFeline.

Daniel Bird

Daniel Bird Daniel Bird is a writer, filmmaker, and one of the world’s leading scholars on Eastern European cult cinema. He has curated numerous retrospectives, overseen film restorations, participated in DVD commentaries and is best known as the biographer of both Walerian Borowczyk and Andrzej Żuławski. Daniel Bird first interviewed Zulawski for Eyeball magazine with Stephen Thrower back in 1997. He organised 'A Weekend with Andrzej Zulawski', the first Anglo-phone overview of Zulawski's films, at the Cine Lumiere in 1998. The following year he visited the set of Zulawski's La fidelite in Paris and worked with with Anchor Bay Entertainment to release Possession on DVD in the U.S., for which he also moderated a commentary track with the director. Over the years he continued to work with Zulawski, liaising with festivals, distributors and producers on retrospectives, DVD releases and film projects. Last year he made the English subtitles for Zulawski's Cosmos and produced a restoration of On the Silver Globe.

Jon Towlson

Jon Towlson Jon Towlson is a film critic and the author of THE TURN TO GRUESOMENESS IN AMERICAN HORROR FILMS, 1931-1936 (McFarland, 2016), CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (CONSTELLATIONS) (Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2016) and SUBVERSIVE HORROR CINEMA: COUNTERCULTURAL MESSAGES OF FILMS FROM FRANKENSTEIN TO THE PRESENT (McFarland, 2014). He is a regular contributor to Starburst Magazine, and has also written for the BFI, Paracinema, Exquisite Terror, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Shadowland Magazine, Bright Lights Film Journal, Offscreen and Digital Film-Maker Magazine. Jon contributed to the recent edited collection LOST SOULS OF HORROR AND THE GOTHIC (eds. Bernice M. Murphy & Elizabeth McCarthy, McFarland, 2016). He is currently writing a monograph on the film CANDYMAN for Auteur/Columbia University Press. www.subversive-horror-films.com. @systemshocks

Jennifer Wallis

Jennifer Wallis Jennifer Wallis is Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History at Queen Mary University of London where she teaches modules on the history of psychiatry, Victorian values and controversies, and the history of the supernatural. She also writes on film and music and has contributed to several volumes in recent years including Are You in the House Alone? (2016) and Gathering of the Tribe: Music and Heavy Conscious Creation (2013). She is the editor of Fight Your Own War: Power Electronics and Noise Culture (Headpress, 2016).

Marcelle Perks

Marcelle Perks is a British author and journalist. Since 1993 she has contributed freelance articles to magazines such as Redeemer, Fangoria, Shivers, Flesh and Blood, SamHain, Kamera, Rue Morgue, Nerve.com, Film Maker magazine, The Dark Side and Videoworld. She has an MA in Media Studies and has taught creative writing at Leibniz University. She has contributed to The BFI Companion to Horror, British Horror Cinema, Gothic Lifestyle, Cinema Macabre, and Alternative Europe: Eurotrash & Exploitation Cinema since 1945. She’s also written how-to guides on sexuality and writes erotica and crime novels. Since 2001 she has lived in Germany.

Amanda Reyes

Amanda Reyes Archivist by day, film lover by night, Amanda Reyes is also a freelance author who has been published online and in print. She recently edited Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999 (Headpress, 2017) which celebrates the made for television film, and expands upon her TV movie-centric blog, Made for TV Mayhem and its companion podcast.

Nag Vladermersky

Nag Vladermersky is the founder, director and programmer of the London International Animation Festival (LIAF) in the UK. Over 14 years LIAF has grown to become the UK’s largest animation festival annually screening 300 animated films from more than 30 countries over 10 days and nights in several London venues. Throughout the year the festival also tours festival highlights and other screening programmes all over the UK and to several international animation festivals across the world. LIAF has attracted increasing international respect and recognition while progressing the unique visions of talented animators worldwide. Nag is also the co-Director of the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) in Australia and he regularly travels to festivals, colleges and institutions across the UK and worldwide delivering lectures and presentations on all aspects of animation.

Derek Johnston

Derek Johnston Derek Johnston is Lecturer in Broadcast Literacy at Queen's University, Belfast, and is the author of Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). His research focuses on British broadcasting history and on the history of genres such as science fiction and horror, particularly where the two combine.

Ian Cooper

Ian Cooper Ian Cooper is an author and screenwriter. His books include Devil´s Advocates: Witchfinder General (Auteur 2011), Cultographies: Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Wallflower Press 2012) and Frightmares: A History of British Horror (2016). He has also written for edited collections on subjects including early 70s vampire films and the cult appeal of Klaus Kinski. His books, Devil´s Advocates: Frenzy (Auteur) and Family Values: The Manson Family on Film and TV (McFarland) will be published in 2018. He also has a number of screenplays in various stages of development in the UK and US. He lives in Germany.

Howard David Ingham

Howard David Ingham Howard David Ingham is a writer and educator. He lives in Swansea. Between 2005 and 2012 his work appeared in more than forty publications for White Wolf Games Studio. He writes games, fiction and books, and keeps a regular blog about film and culture at Room207Press.com. His book We Don’t Go Back: a Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror is due for release in 2018. Twitter: @HowtheWoodMoves Facebook: Room207Press

Stacey Abbott

Stacey Abbott Stacey Abbott is Reader in Film and Television Studies at the University of Roehampton. She is the author of Celluloid Vampires (2007), Undead Apocalypse: Vampires and Zombies in the 21st Century (2016), and co-author, with Lorna Jowett, of TV Horror: The Dark Side of the Small Screen (2012).

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones STEPHEN JONES lives in London. One of Britain’s most acclaimed horror and dark fantasy writers and editors, he has more than 145 books to his credit. You can visit his web site at www.stephenjoneseditor.com.

Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell RAMSEY CAMPBELL lives on Merseyside with his wife Jenny. His pleasures include classical music, good food and wine, and whatever’s in that pipe. His web site is at www.ramseycampbell.com.

Mark Rance

Mark Rance Mark Rance is a documentary filmmaker who for many years was a producer at The Criterion Collection before forming his own company in Los Angeles and producing DVDs and Blu-rays for the Hollywood studios. His titles include THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, HARD EIGHT (aka SYDNEY), BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA, SEVEN, I,ROBOT, THE PRESTIGE, RESERVOIR DOGS and THE DARK KNIGHT. He moved to London in 2004 and established Watchmaker Films to restore and distribute lost independent films. Those restorations include Eagle Pennell’s THE WHOLE SHOOTIN’ MATCH and LAST NIGHT AT THE ALAMO; Tobe Hooper’s first feature, EGGSHELLS; and Jack Hazan’s A BIGGER SPLASH.

Josh Saco

Josh Saco Josh Saco is one of the UK's leading independent film curators and runs Cigarette Burns Cinema. Catering to fans of leftfield, classic horror and exploitation cinema, he celebrates the celluloid, screening primarily from rare 16mm and 35mm prints at prestigious venues including the Barbican, Prince Charles and Regent Street Cinema and various festivals. Saco offers a unique and informed perspective on everything from beloved genre oddities to the complexities of film, digital and modern cinema.

Heather Buckley

Heather Buckley Heather Buckley worked as a graphic designer and creative lead for thirteen years in the New York advertising world before transitioning to live her life-long dream of a career in the Film World. She has worked for years as a journalist for Dread Central, Diabolique, Fangoria and Vulture. She worked in the makeup department on Billy Pon’s CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, and then as Makeup FX Shop Supervisor on The Booth Brothers’ DEAD STILL (and, under prosthetics, played a featured ghoul—film soon to be released by Sony Pictures) and Ted Geoghegan’s WE ARE STILL HERE (MPI). She is currently a Blu-Ray Special Features Producer for Red Shirt Pictures, Severin Films, Kino Lorber and Liongate (Vestron) working on documentaries (over 100 and counting), which include THE THING, 8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE, BARTON FINK, THE LONG RIDERS, SAW 10th Anniversary reissue, and ARMY OF DARKNESS. She is also one of the Producers on Jen Wexler’s The Ranger for Glass Eye Pix and Hood River Entertainment a punk rock horror film coming to a pit near you.

Sarah Crowther

Sarah Crowther Sarah Crowther is a Lecturer in Media at Swansea University. She was the director of the 13th Fantastic Films Weekend at the National Media Museum in Bradford and has served on festival juries at Leeds International Film Festival and Celluloid Screams in Sheffield. She has written for Diabolique magazine and has recently featured in the i newspaper and The Conversation on the subjects of The Exorcist and correlations in the comedy and horror genres. She is currently working towards her PhD in Creative Writing, scripting a feature length comedy horror film and developing a thesis on the characterisation and correlation of genre. She also loves drag.

Jane Giles

Jane Giles Lecturer Jane Giles was programmer at the Scala from 1988-1992, and has since worked in film distribution and exhibition for the likes of Tartan Films, the ICA and the BFI. She teaches at the London Film School and the National Film & Television School, and is the author of four books including The Scala Cinema, 1978-1993, for publication in September 2018 by FAB Press.

Sean Hogan

Sean Hogan Sean Hogan is a writer and filmmaker. His directorial credits include Lie Still and The Devil's Business; he also produced the feature documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD and has worked on the screenplays for a number of other films, most notably The Borderlands. In collaboration with Kim Newman, he was responsible for devising two multi-author anthology plays, The Hallowe'en Sessions and The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, both of which he directed. Most recently, he wrote a metafictional book on the cult 70's horror film Death Line, and wrote and directed a short film homage to the BBC Christmas Ghost Story tradition entitled We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea.

Bernice M. Murphy

Bernice M. Murphy Bernice M. Murphy is an Assistant Professor and lecturer in Popular Literature in the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin. She has published extensively on topics related to horror fiction and film, with a focus on representations of place and space. Her books include The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture (2009), The Rural Gothic: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness (2013), The Highway Horror Film (2014) and (with Stephen Matterson) the 2018 edited collection Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction. She is the co-founder of the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and is a founding member of the recently established Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS). Her current work in progress is a book on the relationship between California and the gothic genre.

Dean Hurley

Dean Hurley Dean Hurley is an American sound designer, re-recording mixer and composer. Hurley exclusively operated director David Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studio from 2005 - 2018, where he collaborated extensively on the sound and music for an array of Lynch’s film projects, commercial work and albums. In 2017, Hurley served as supervising sound editor and music supervisor for Lynch’s third season of the ground-breaking television series Twin Peaks (Showtime), contributing original ambient compositions later released under the Anthology Resource series moniker.

David Misch

David Misch David Misch has been a comic folksinger, stand-up comedian and screenwriter; his credits include the multiple-Emmy-nominated “Mork & Mindy”, the Emmy-losing “Duckman”, the Emmy-ignored “Police Squad!”, the Emmy-engorged “Saturday Night Live” and the Emmy-ineligible “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” David’s written Funny: The Book and A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption; he blogs for The Huffington Post and appears in the anthology Horrific Humor and the Moment of Droll Grimness in Cinema: Sidesplitting sLaughter. His play “Occupied” is in development at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. David’s taught comedy at the University of Southern California, musical satire at UCLA, and spoken about comedy at Oxford University, the Smithsonian Institute, the University of Sydney (Australia); Yale, 92nd St. Y, the Actors Studio, New York Public Library, American Film Insitute, Grammy Museum (Los Angeles), Lucasfilm, Austin Film Festival, Midwest Popular Culture Association and VIEW Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy). More at davidmisch.com.

Rebekah McKendry

Rebekah McKendry Rebekah McKendry, PhD is an award-winning film and television director with a strong focus in the horror and science fiction genres. She has a doctorate focused in Media Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, a MA in Film Studies from City University of New York, and a second MA from Virginia Tech in Media Education. Rebekah previously has worked as the Editor-in-chief at Blumhouse Productions and as the Executive Director of Marketing for Fangoria Entertainment. She is also a co-host of Blumhouse's SHOCK WAVES podcast. Her newest feature film, ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, is a horror-comedy releasing this Fall.

Elric Kane

Elric Kane Elric Kane is a filmmaker and educator who has both taught and made films in New Zealand and the USA. He was the creator / host of the video streaming interview series ‘This Week in Horror’ and ‘Inside Horror’ as well as a co-host of the Rondo Award winning podcast ‘Killer POV’ and currently the co-host of Blumhouse’s ‘Shock Waves’ podcast and the ‘Pure Cinema’ podcast. In addition to podcasting he has been an avid curator, as the owner of the now defunct “Cult” space, Jumpcut Café he ran screening series, independent film premieres and live script reads during its brief but beautiful three years and also co-founded the Hollywood Underground Film Festival. Kane got his MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently the chair of Film and Digital content at the Studio School in Downtown Los Angeles.

David J. Skal

David J. Skal David J. Skal is widely recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on horror in popular culture. His signature book, The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror, called "The best book on horror movies I have ever read" by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, has been in continuous print for twenty-five years, including three American editions, a British edition, and translations into Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. His other critically acclaimed books include Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen (“the ultimate book on Dracula,” according to Newsweek); Screams of Reason: Mad Science and Modern Culture, Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning (with Elias Savada): V is for Vampire, Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween; Dracula: The Ultimate Illustrated Edition of the World-Famous Vampire Play; and, with Jessica Rains, Claude Rains: An Actor’s Voice. With the late Nina Auerbach he is co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, widely regarded as the definitive academic text. In collaboration with John Edgar Browning he is currently preparing a revised second edition for release in 2019. As a documentary filmmaker he has written, produced and directed a dozen DVD/Blu-ray features on Universal Studio's classic monster movies, as well as a behind-the-scene chronicle of Bill Condon’s Academy Award-winning film Gods and Monsters. His audio commentaries appear on the special-edition DVDs of Tod Browning’s Dracula and Freaks, and he also acts as host/narrator for his own Universal documentaries The Frankenstein Files, Back to the Black Lagoon, and Abbott and Costello meet the Monsters. His hundreds of media appearances have included The Today Show, A&E Biography, NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and Fresh Air. He has lectured internationally on monsters and horror at leading colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, including the Musée du Louvre, and taught courses based on The Monster Show at the University of Victoria and Trinity College Dublin, where he was named a Visiting Research Fellow in 2010. The fellowship supported the primary research for his most recent project, Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, which was a 2017 finalist for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for biography and criticism. His journalism and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times and the Boston Globe, and he has served for many years as a film critic for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Rodman Flender

Rodman Flender Rodman Flender has worked in film, theater, documentary and television. His genre directing credits include Dimension TV’s Scream, the TV Series; HBO’s Tales From the Crypt; The Roger Corman-produced feature The Unborn; and Columbia Pictures’ Idle Hands. He recently wrapped shooting the horror-comedy Eat, Brains, Love for production company Gunpowder & Sky. He has lectured on television directing at USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program and film analysis at Harvard University.

Don Coscarelli

Don Coscarelli DON COSCARELLI became the youngest filmmaker ever to have a feature film distributed by a studio when Universal bought his first film at age 19. The independent, award-winning filmmaker is best known for Phantasm which spawned a rabid cult of fans worldwide. His other indie genre hits include The Beastmaster and Bubba Ho-tep. On TV he directed Showtime’s Masters of Horror premiere episode. His film John Dies at the End was a Sundance selection. In 2004, he was inducted into Fangoria’s Hall of Fame.

Ryan Turek

Ryan Turek Ryan Turek is the VP of feature film development at Blumhouse Productions and co-producer of Halloween (2018), Unfriended: Dark Web, Truth or Dare and Happy Death Day. He is a former journalist who ran the horror website ShockTillYouDrop.com and penned articles for Fangoria and Rue Morgue magazines. You can hear him discuss the horror genre weekly on the podcast Shock Waves with his co-hosts Rebekah McKendry, Robert Galluzzo and Elric Kane.

David Bushman

David Bushman David Bushman has been a television curator at the Paley Center since 1992, excluding a two-year stint as program director at TV Land. He is the coauthor of Twin Peaks FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About a Place Both Wonderful and Strange (2016) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Sunnydale’s Slayer of Vampires, Demons, and Other Forces of Darkness (2017). He is co-president/publisher of Fayetteville Mafia Press (http://www.fayettevillemafiapress.com) and has taught media and writing courses as multiple colleges in the New York metropolitan area. He is also a regular contributor to PaleyMatters (www.paleymatters.org).

Joe Coleman

Joe Coleman Joe Coleman is a world-renowned painter, writer and performer who has exhibited for four decades in major museums throughout the world including one-man exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Barbican Centre in London, Tilton Gallery and Dickinson Gallery in New York. He was recently featured in the ground-breaking "Unrealism" show in Miami presented by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian. His performance work from the 1980's was some of the most radical of its time, and can be seen in the films Mondo New York (1988) and Captured (2008). The new book on extreme performance, Avant Garde from Below: Transgressive Performance from Iggy Pop to Joe Coleman and G.G. Allin by Clemens Marschall, explores Coleman's influence during this pivotal period. An avid and passionate collector, Coleman's "Odditorium" is a private museum where sideshow objects, wax figures, crime artifacts and works of religious devotion live together to form a dark mirror that reflects the alternative side of the American psyche. His work has been published in numerous books, prints and records. Joe Coleman was the subject of an award-winning feature length documentary, Rest in Pieces: A Portrait of Joe Coleman (1997). He has appeared in acting roles in films such as Asia Argento's Scarlet Diva (2000) and The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man (2015). He lives with his wife Whitney Ward in Brooklyn, New York.

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Alexandra Heller-Nicholas has published five books on cult, horror and exploitation cinema with a particular focus on gender politics. Her books include Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study (McFarland, 2011), Found Footage Horror Film: Fear and the Appearance of Reality (McFarland, 2014), a 2016 monograph on Dario Argento’s Suspiria (part of Auteur’s Devil’s Advocates series), a 2017 book on Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45 as part of Wallflower/Columbia University Press’s Cultographies series, and in 2018, a book on Robert Harmon's 1986 film The Hitcher, published by Arrow Books. She is currently working on books including 1000 Women in Horror, a book on art and intertextuality in giallo cinema, and co-editing a collection about the film work of Elaine May for Edinburgh University Press's ReFocus series.

Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum Jack Ketchum (1946 – 2018) is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk — a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. His short story The Box won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story Gone won again in 2000 — and in 2003 he won Stokers for both best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time. He has written eleven novels, the latest of which are Red, Ladies’ Night, and The Lost. His stories are collected in The Exit At Toledo Blade Boulevard, Broken on the Wheel of Sex, and Peaceable Kingdom. His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards. (Photo by Steve Thornton) www.jackketchum.net

Dennis Paoli

Dennis Paoli Dennis Paoli has written for film, TV, the stage, and the internet. His feature films include Bodysnatchers (with Stuart Gordon, for Warner Brothers), adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator (with Stuart Gordon and William Norris), From Beyond (for Empire), and Dagon (for Filmax). For the stage, he wrote the one-man show Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, which has been performed internationally; co-wrote the script for Re-Animator: The Musical, for which he won several LA theater awards; and co-wrote with the Organic Theater Company, the baseball comedy Bleacher Bums, which ran Off-Broadway, through three revivals in Chicago, and over seven years in Los Angeles. The television version for PBS won an Emmy, and the film version (which he co-wrote with Mitch Paradise) aired on Showtime. The HBO film The Dentist (with Stuart Gordon) and his work for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series—adaptations with Stuart Gordon of H. P. Lovecraft’s Dreams in the Witch House and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat—brought the horror genre to cable television. His adaptation of Lovecraft’s The Hound was streamed on Halloween 2015 by the genre website Tales from Beyond the Pale (talesfrombeyondthepale.com). Dennis is also an academic, a teacher and administrator at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He has taught Gothic and Irish literature and 20th century drama. He has written criticism and articles for the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Dictionary of Literary Biography, the Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, and various volumes, periodicals, and online blogs. The most important work he does is as Donor-Advisor of The Heidi Paoli Fund, a philanthropic organization that supports cancer patients and their caregivers.

Maitland McDonagh

Maitland McDonagh Maitland McDonagh is the founder of 120 Days Books, a small press dedicated to republishing gay erotic pulp novels of the 1970s, a film critic with a predilection for horror and the author of books that including Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: the Dark Dreams of Dario Argento and The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time.

Michael Gingold

Michael Gingold Michael Gingold has been covering the world of horror cinema since high school, when he started publishing the fanzine SCAREAPHANALIA. He spent 28 years as part of the staff of FANGORIA magazine and its website—beginning as a writer in 1988, and serving as associate editor, then managing editor and finally editor-in-chief. He is currently an editor and/or writer for RUE MORGUE, SCREAM, BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, DELIRIUM and Blumhouse.com. Michael has done liner notes for a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases, appeared in numerous documentaries and disc featurettes, and taken part in several DVD/Blu-ray audio commentaries. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT (Fever Dreams), LEECHES! (Rapid Heart Pictures) and the upcoming THE DOLL for director Dante Tomaselli. He currently hosts monthly Prints of Darkness screenings of classic horror films on 35mm at the Greater NY Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix Grady Hendrix has written about the confederate flag for Playboy magazine, terrible movie novelizations for Film Comment, and Jean-Claude Van Damme for Slate. He’s covered machine gun collector conventions, written award shows for Chinese television, and answered the phone for a parapsychological research organization. His novel, Horrorstör, about a haunted IKEA, has been translated into 14 languages and is currently being developed into a television series. His latest novel is My Best Friend’s Exorcism, now out in paperback, and he’s the screenwriter for Mohawk, a War of 1812 horror movie that recently premiered at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival. His next book is Paperbacks from Hell, a non-fiction history of horror paperbacks in the Seventies and Eighties, out on September 19.

Sukhdev Sandhu

Sukhdev Sandhu Sukhdev Sandhu runs the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at New York University where he is also Director of the Center for Experimental Humanities and teaches classes on hydropoetics, ghosts and sound art. His books include London Calling (2003), I’ll Get My Coat (2005), Night Haunts (2007), and Other Musics (2016). A former Critic of the Year at the British Press Awards, he writes for The Guardian, The Wire, Frieze, Sight and Sound, Bidoun, and Suddeutsche Zeitung. He makes radio documentaries for the BBC and runs the publishing imprint Texte und Töne.

Kristen J. Sollée

Kristen J. Sollée Kristen J. Sollée is a lecturer at The New School and founding editrix of Slutist, a sex positive site that examines the intersections between sex, feminism, and the occult. Sollée’s signature college course, “The Legacy of the Witch” follows the witch across history, pop culture, and politics, from the Venus of Willendorf to The Love Witch. Her first book, Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive, was published by Stone Bridge Press in 2017.

Dianca London Potts

Dianca London Potts Dianca London Potts earned her MFA in fiction from The New School. She is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, a VONA Voices alumna, and the online editor of Well-Read Black Girl. Her words have been featured in Lenny Letter, The Village Voice, Vice, and elsewhere. Her memoir, Planning for the Apocalypse, is forthcoming from 37 Ink. She currently works and resides in Brooklyn. You can follow her musings on Twitter via @diancalondon.

Kristopher Woofter

Kristopher Woofter Kristopher Woofter teaches courses on the American Gothic, the Weird tradition, and literary and cinematic horror in the English Department of Dawson College, Montréal. He earned his PhD from Concordia University. He is co-editor of the upcoming collection, Joss Whedon vs. Horror: Fangs, Fans and Genre in Buffy and Beyond (I.B. Tauris). Kristopher is also a programmer for the Montréal Underground Film Festival and served for ten years as a co-chair for the Horror Area of the PCA/ACA annual national conference.

Samm Deighan

Samm Deighan Samm Deighan is Associate Editor of Diabolique Magazine and co-host of the Daughters of Darkness Podcast. She’s the editor of Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin and her book on Fritz Lang’s M (1931) is forthcoming.

Rémy Bennett

Rémy Bennett Rémy Bennett is a filmmaker, writer, and curator living in New York City. She earned her BA in acting and drama studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London and studied film at SVA in New York. Her feature film debut Buttercup Bill was shown at Raindance, The New Orleans Film Festival, and The Marfa Film Festival and she recently completed a documentary series called Under Her Skin for the all female led media company The Front. Her short film Eat Me and installation about a female serial killer/web cam girl that showed at The SPRING/BREAK art fair was voted as one of the top 10 shows to see at Armory Week in 2016 W Magazine and Gothamist, along with the group show GLORY HOLY that she curated along with her sister. Bennett has contributed as an artist and writer to PLAYBOY, 1985ARTISTS, VICE, and BUST MAGAZINE, and has most recently curated a film series at The Roxy Hotel Cinema called GRIT & GORE: NYC HORROR which featured artist talks with Larry Fessenden, William Lustig, Frank Henenlotter, and Roberta Findlay.

Joe Rubin

Joe Rubin Joe Rubin is a film collector, programmer and preservationist who founded Vinegar Syndrome with Ryan Emerson in 2012.

Jacqueline Castel

Jacqueline Castel Jacqueline Castel is a filmmaker, curator, archivist, and co-director of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Her work as a writer and director has screened at Sundance, SXSW, Sitges, & Fantasia, and has featured collaborations with cult auteurs John Carpenter, David Lynch, and Jim Jarmusch. Castel’s archival work has extended to the estates of artists Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and H.R. Giger, and she has guest programmed for SXSW, the Alamo Drafthouse, New Beverly, Close-Up Film Centre, and Spectacle Theater. She is currently in production on a documentary about international anticult Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth and in pre-production on an erotic thriller set in Tokyo co-written by herself and Sasha Grey.

Jared Rivet

Jared Rivet Jared Rivet is a horror screenwriter, producer, director, author, and voice actor. He wrote the screenplay for the Kevin Greutert-directed feature film Jackals (released by Scream Factory in 2017). Since 2014, he has written, directed and acted in multiple episodes of Earbud Theater, an award-winning audio drama anthology series specializing in horror and sci-fi. In 2016, he received an Audio Verse Award nomination for his performance in the Earbud Theater episode On the Line, which he also wrote and directed. He served as a guest lecturer at the Drexel University Great Works Symposium’s “Zom Con” in 2015; contributed an essay to the 2018 collection My Favorite Horror Movie; and he has co-hosted the monthly trivia event “Dead Right Horror Trivia” with Dr. Rebekah McKendry since 2015. He has multiple film, television, and audio drama projects in development and is currently in post-production on his latest Earbud Theater podplay, Tales from the Dead of Night, premiering in October of 2018. He can be found on Twitter at @jaredrivet1.

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015), Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017), She is currently writing the books A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children's Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985 and a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter.

Virginie Sélavy

Virginie Sélavy Virginie Sélavy is the founder and editor of Electric Sheep, the online magazine for transgressive cinema. She has edited the collection of essays The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology, and has contributed to World Directory Cinema: Eastern Europe and written about Victorian London in Film Locations: Cities of the Imagination - London. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Sight&Sound, Rolling Stone France, Cineaste and Frieze.

Gavin Baddeley

GAVIN BADDELEY is an English writer specialising in the devilish and decadent, with a special interest in the darker fringes of history. He’s penned ten books and written for numerous periodicals. An honorary priest in the Church of Satan, Baddeley’s in demand as a speaker in both academic and media circles.

Jasper Sharp

Jasper Sharp Jasper Sharp is a writer, curator and filmmaker. He is the co-founder of Midnight Eye.com, since 2001 the premier online resource in the English-language about Japanese cinema. His book publications include The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (Stone Bridge, 2003), joint-written with Tom Mes, Behind the Pink Curtain (FAB Press, 2008) and The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Film (Scarecrow 2011). His writing has appeared in publications all over the world, including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Variety, The Japan Times, Kateigaho and Film International, and he has contributed liner essays, commentaries and interviews to numerous DVD releases. He has curated high profile seasons and retrospectives with organisations including the British Film Institute, Deutches Filmmuseum, Austin Fantastic Fest, Cinematheque Quebecois and Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Between 2010-14, he was the director of Zipangu Fest, established to showcase Japanese independent film in the United Kingdom, and between 2014-2016, the artistic director of Asia House Film Festival. He is the co-director, with Tim Grabham, of The Creeping Garden (2014), a documentary about slime moulds and the people who study and work with them, to be released by Arrow early in 2017, and the author of the book of the film, The Creeping Garden: Irrational Encounters with Plasmodial Slime Moulds (Alchimia Publishing, 2015).

Jim Harper

JIM HARPER is a writer and film critic specializing in cult cinema from around the globe. He is the author of Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies (Headpress, 2004) and Flowers from Hell: The Modern Japanese Horror Film (Noir, 2008). His work has appeared in many publications and websites, including Midnight Eye, MYM, Electric Sheep, Necronomicon, V-Cinema, Deranged, Alternative and Scream, and he has contributed to Intellect’s ground-breaking Directory of World Cinema series, writing for the Spanish and Japanese volumes. Currently Harper is working on a revised and updated edition of Flowers from Hell, and preparing the first English-language book about the German Edgar Wallace films of the 1960s.

Kim Newman

Kim Newman Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster. His fiction includes The Night Mayor, Bad Dreams, Jago, the Anno Dracula novels and stories, The Quorum, The Original Dr Shade and Other Stories, Life’s Lottery, Back in the USSA (with Eugene Byrne), The Man From the Diogenes Club, Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the d’Urbervilles and An English Ghost Story under his own name and The Vampire Genevieve and Orgy of the Blood Parasites as Jack Yeovil. His non-fiction books include Nightmare Movies, Ghastly Beyond Belief (with Neil Gaiman), Horror: 100 Best Books (with Stephen Jones), Wild West Movies, The BFI Companion to Horror, Millennium Movies and BFI Classics studies of Cat People, Doctor Who and Quatermass and the Pit. He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines (writing Empire’s popular Video Dungeon column), has written and broadcast widely, and scripted radio and television documentaries. His stories ‘Week Woman’ and ‘Ubermensch’ have been adapted into an episode of the TV series The Hunger and an Australian short film; he has directed and written a tiny film Missing Girl; he co-wrote the West End play The Hallowe’en Sessions. Following his Radio 4 play ‘Cry Babies’, he wrote episodes for Radio 7’s series The Man in Black (‘Phish Phood’) and Glass Eye Pix’ Tales From Beyond the Pale (‘Sarah Minds the Dog’). He scripted (with Maura McHugh) the comic book miniseries Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland (Dark Horse), illustrated by Tyler Crook; it’s a spinoff from Mike Mignola’s Hellboy series. His official web-site is at www.johnnyalucard.com. His forthcoming fiction includes the novels The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange and Angels of Music . He is on Twitter as @AnnoDracula.

Jonathan Rigby

JONATHAN RIGBY is an English actor and film historian, author of the books English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema (2000), Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History (2001), American Gothic: Sixty Years of Horror Cinema (2007) and Studies in Terror: Landmarks of Horror Cinema (2011). He was also series consultant on the BBC documentaries A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010) and its sequel Horror Europa (2012).

Mark Pilkington

Mark Pilkington Mark Pilkington is the author of the book and documentary film 'Mirage Men' and 'Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science's Outer Edge'. He has written for The Guardian, The Wire, Sight and Sound, Electric Sheep, Fortean Times, Frieze and The Quietus amongst others. He founded and runs Strange Attractor Press and regularly speaks on esoteric and fringe culture topics. www.strangeattractor.co.uk / www.miragemen.com

Stephen Thrower

Stephen Thrower Stephen Thrower, writer and musician, was born in Lancashire in 1963. After moving to London in 1985 he began writing reviews for the seminal horror magazine Shock Xpress, before launching his own film periodical Eyeball in 1989 with contributors including novelist Ramsey Campbell, filmmaker Ron Peck, and critics Kim Newman, Daniel Bird and Alan Jones. His first book, Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci, was published in 1999, followed by The Eyeball Compendium (2003) and Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents (2007). His most recent work is Murderous Passions; the delirious cinema of Jesús Franco, published by Strange Attractor in March 2015. Thrower and his partner Ossian Brown are founders of the avant-garde music group Cyclobe, who recently recorded new soundtracks for three Super-8 films by the British filmmaker and queer activist Derek Jarman (Sulphur, Tarot and Garden of Luxor). As a solo artist, Thrower scored Pakistan’s first gore film, Zibahkhana aka Hell's Ground (2007), contributed electronic music to Down Terrace (2010) by Ben Wheatley, and was commissioned by the BFI in 2012 to score three silent short films by the pioneering director of gay erotica Peter De Rome.

William Fowler

William Fowler is a writer, film historian and musician. He is Curator of Artists’ Moving Image, BFI National Archive and the co-founder and co-programmer of The Flipside at BFI Southbank. His seasons and restoration projects at the BFI have included GAZWRX: the films of Jeff Keen, Queer Pagan Punk: Derek Jarman and This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk, the latter of which is currently touring internationally through LUX. He has written for The Guardian, Sight and Sound and Frieze and appeared on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, and also contributed chapters to Inside Out: Le Cinéma de Stephen Dwoskin and The Edge is Where the Centre: David Rudkin and Penda’s Fen (which he co-edited). He programmes the monthly BFI strand Essential Experiments and has since 2013 been the co-programmer of Experimenta in the London Film Festival. He regularly gives talks and presents films.

Stephen Volk

Stephen Volk Stephen Volk is best known as the writer of the BBC’s notorious "Hallowe’en hoax" Ghostwatch - called by some the most frightening thing ever produced on TV - and the award-winning ITV paranormal drama series Afterlife starring Andrew Lincoln and Lesley Sharp. His screenplays include 2011’s The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, Ken Russell's Gothic starring Gabriel Byrne and Natasha Richardson, The Guardian (co-written with William Friedkin), and the 3-part TV adaptation of Phil Rickman's Midwinter of the Spirit. He won a BAFTA for The Deadness of Dad starring Rhys Ifans and wrote the play The Chapel of Unrest which was premiered at the Bush in London starring Jim Broadbent and Reece Shearsmith. A greatly admired prose writer, his 2014 short story collection 'Monsters In The Heart' won a British Fantasy Award for Best Collection, while his novella 'A Newspaper Heart', won the 2015 Award for Best Novella.

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