Tele-terrors: The Real and Imagined Horrors Inside the Made for Television Movie

Thu. Apr. 20, 2017

Often considered the bastard step-child of the theatrical motion picture, TV movies have long been relegated to the dusty corners of our childhood memories. However, despite its scorned status, telefilms could be thoughtful and, at times, subversive. This lecture offers an exploration into several facets of the made for television movie, surveying its cultural touchstones and analyzing the influence the telefilm had on Americans during the run of the network made for television movie produced between 1964 – 1999.

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”.

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!

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.

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.