For those who take horror culture seriously, as in, collegiate level discourse serious, there is no better source than the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. The Institute has announced their spring catalog and there are some fantastic options.
Starting in NYC there will be an exploration of the recently unearthed film Penda’s Fen (1974). The class will be taught by Sukhdev Sandu editor of the art book on the film on January 9th.
That will be followed by Black Horror: The Revolutionary Act of Subverting the White Gaze. This will be held on February 13th by Dianca London Potts as she guides you through black horror films as a historically visual mode of resistance within a pervasively supremacist culture.
A month later Kristopher Woofter hosts a discussion of the work of Shirley Jackson with Shirley Jackson’s Weird. For those of you wondering why Ms. Jackson’s work would be of note, pick up a copy of either The Haunting or The Lottery. You won’t be disappointed.
Meanwhile in London, the Institute will host Powers of Attraction: Folk Horror in its Cultural Context. Instructor Howard David Ingham (author of We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror) takes the class through how supernatural horror fits within the specific time and place it was made. This class takes place on January 18th.
On the 15th of February For this exclusive event, Ramsey Campbell will discuss his life, his career and his ideology with his friend and colleague, award-winning editor and writer STEPHEN JONES, as well as giving advice to would-be writers on the current state of horror publishing. The evening will end with a Q&A session with the audience. This is an opportunity no horror fan can afford to miss—an informal discussion with one of the giants of the genre in an event titled Live From Miskatonic: Ramsey Campbell in Conversation with Stephen Jones.
March 15 brings The Legacy of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. This exploration of the classic novel hosted by Stacey Abbott will trace the novel’s history and impact on the horror and science fiction genres. An impact that can still be felt strongly today.
And if any of these courses interest you but you are a little cash strapped, Diabolique Magazine will continue their Diabolique Scholarship. This sponsors up to five students to participate in Miskatonic free of charge. You can apply for the NYC branch here and the London branch here.