Enchanting Technology: Making, Hacking, and the Occult Imagination (LA online)

Mon. Dec. 21, 2020

Magic and technology share a deeply intimate relationship to the human experience as they are both methods that use tools to gain control over nature and ourselves. The magician and the both attempt to break open conventional ways of working with the forces that shape our lives. Magic is, indeed, a kind of spiritual hacking: They are opening the machine of the universe to understand how it works and bend it towards a new purpose. And when magicians and artists use technology to explore the occult imagination they reveal new ways of enchanting our lives. Based on the research from Peter Bebergal’s Strange Frequencies, this multi-media presentation will take participants through the history of how human beings have attempted to interact with the otherworldly using technology.


Sat. Oct. 10, 2020

Join us for a scenic tour of Mexican genre cinema guided by Morbido Fest’s head programmer, Abraham Castillo Flores as part of the inaugural NIGHTSTREAM Festival. Delving beyond luchadores and psychotronica, Abraham unearths the monsters that fomented a distinctive but barely acknowledged corner of our cinematic consciousness.

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THE SHADOW OVER LOVECRAFT archival class now available to watch free online

Sat. Oct. 10, 2020

With guest speakers Matt Ruff (author, Lovecraft Country), Victor LaValle (author, The Ballad of Black Tom), Ruthanna Emrys (author, The Innsmouth Legacy series) and longtime Lovecraft scholar Peter H. Cannon, moderated by author, lawyer and Miskatonic Board member Rodney Perkins. This is a recording of a panel that took place at Miskatonic NYC on April […]

LIMITED TIME! GLOBAL PASS available for ALL THREE Miskatonic branches

Sat. Oct. 10, 2020

For a limited time (only through Weds Sept 16 at 7pm UK time), we are offering our first-ever GLOBAL PASS, which gets you access to ALL classes at each of the three branches. This 12-class global semester pass includes all monthly classes curated by Miskatonic London, LA and NYC and available to watch worldwide – […]


Thu. Nov. 19, 2020

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.