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Chimerical Optics: Haiti, Colonialism and Voodoo Terror

Thu. May. 18, 2017

Haiti has held a special place in colonial imaginings of all that is macabre, sinister and maniacally savage, a land of irredeemable barbarism and “Voodoo Terror”. This class will trace a history of such representations, discussing how they continue to shape xenophobic and neo-colonial imaginings of Haiti as a country mired in superstition and incapable of enlightened self-governance, and the importance of the zombie figure for these “chimerical optics”.

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PHOTOS: Jack Ketchum in Conversation

Thu. May. 18, 2017

Miskatonic classes can sometimes be a pretty secret affair, but thankfully Miskatonic NYC co-director Marc Walkow snapped some photos of our inaugural New York class featuring iconic horror author and “godfather of Splatterpunk” Jack Ketchum live in conversation for an epic three-hour masterclass. Check them out below!

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Adapting Lovecraft for the Screen: A Master Class with Dennis Paoli (NYC)

Thu. Oct. 20, 2016

Dennis Paoli, screenwriter for director Stuart Gordon’s film adaptations of the works of H. P. Lovecraft (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, and for the cable television series “Masters of Horror,” Dreams in the Witch House), will lead a two-hour master class on adapting Lovecraft for the screen—the challenges, techniques, and insights into the works gained in the process.

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Monsters in the Closet: Gay Pulp Horror in the 1970s (NYC)

Thu. Nov. 17, 2016

Monsters in the Closet examines the intersection between horror and gay erotic novels of the 1970s, when adults-only publishers mined the conventions of genre fiction formulas that lent themselves to sexually explicit variations.

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Live From Miskatonic: In Conversation with Jack Ketchum (NYC)

Wed. Sep. 21, 2016

Stephen King called him “the scariest guy in America.” And so we kick off Miskatonic NYC with a bang as a titan of horror fiction, Jack Ketchum (OFF SEASON, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, THE LOST, RED) joins us for our first event at the Morbid Anatomy Museum for an in-depth look at his work and adaptations to the screen, moderated by film writer, programmer and Miskatonic Institute founder Kier-La Janisse.