Collage of repeating advertisements for the film "Are You in the House Alone?"

THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES ANNOUNCES NEW OPENING CLASS FOR NEW YORK BRANCH, SPRING 2021

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to welcome Stephen R. Bissette and his class on horror zines. But fear not! Miskatonic New York is delighted to welcome back alumna Amanda Reyes to open the Spring 2021 with a talk that should keep us all huddled under the covers on a cold winter’s […]

A FAREWELL FROM FOUNDER KIER-LA JANISSE

2020 has been a year, hasn’t it? I’m coming off a two-day power blackout as a write this, from the small island I moved to earlier this year – which was my first step in a year full of transition that included my decision to leave the organization I founded in 2010 so that it […]

THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES ANNOUNCES SPRING 2021 SEMESTER OF ONLINE CLASSES

SPRING 2021 SEMESTER OF ONLINE CLASSES The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is proud to present the Spring 2021 Semester of Lectures. As we enter the second (and hopefully final) year of the pandemic crisis, lectures for all our branches will be online for this semester. While we miss the live events, we are happy […]

Image still from film "Someone's Watching Me" featuring a close-up on a woman's face with an expression of petrified fear

HORROR COMES HOME: WOMEN AND THE MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE (NYC Online)

Thu. Jan. 21, 2021

The birth of the made for television movie just happened to coincide with the second wave feminist movement that was erupting along the streets of the United States. Television, which has always been interested in the female demographic, represented this movement in different ways, and the telefilm became a prime space for interrogating issues that […]

A black and white illustration of Walpurgis Night

WALPURGISNACHT: FOLKLORE & POPULAR CULTURE (LA Online)

Thu. Apr. 29, 2021

Walpurgisnacht, the evening of the 30th of April, is said to be one of the holiest days of witch’s calendar; the night before the feast of Saint Walpurga, who drove the witches out of Germany. Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, declared Walpurgisnacht one of the holiest days of the Satanic year. It was said that on this evening, covens of witches would gather on Brocken mountain in Northern Germany, to weave their nefarious evil. With instructor Mikel Koven, this class explores the folklore surrounding Walpurgisnacht and its representation in popular culture, including the poetry of Goethe, the music of Mendelssohn, the folk rock/folk metal sounds of Faun, and of course the films of Paul Naschy. How does all this fit together? Only the witches know and will reveal all on Walpurgisnacht 2021.