Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international organization that offers university-level history, theory and production-based masterclasses for people of all ages. The Miskatonic is a non-profit endeavor through which established horror writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective.
Following the successful conclusion of their 2017 winter semester with seasonal classes on Christmas Horror on Film and Television at both their London and New York branches, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is pleased to announce their spring curriculum and instructors, as well as a host of exciting new developments.
Read on for details!
Miskatonic Institute New Classes
Coming up in 2018 Miskatonic will offer folk horror, cults in film and Black Horror: The Revolutionary Act of Subverting the White Gaze. They offer classes examining the works of gothic author Shirley Jackson, true crime and Noir writer John Gilmore, Richard Matheson’s seminal horror text I Am Legend, and host a conversation between horror fiction titan Ramsey Campbell and prolific author and editor Stephen Jones. Rounding things out Miskatonic London will feature a class by Watchmaker Films’ Mark Rance on the complexities of digital restoration (with a case study of his restoration of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu) while Miskatonic NYC will close its semester with a class presented by the co-founder of distribution and restoration company Vinegar Syndrome, Joe Rubin.
The Diabolique Scholarship
Continuing for 2018 – now at both New York and London branches – is the Diabolique
Scholarship. Each year Diabolique Magazine sponsors up to five students to participate in Miskatonic free of charge for the year. Applications and information for the scholarship are available on the Miskatonic New York and London websites.
Saying Goodbye To A Familiar Face
Miskatonic London also says farewell this year to its longtime co-director, genre film journalist and scholar Virginie Sélavy. Sélavy nurtured the branch from its founding in 2015. In her role at Miskatonic Selavy oversaw dozens of lectures. She also hosted a legion of special guests and taught some remarkable classes of her own. Sélavy leaves Miskatonic to focus on a new book project, explaining:
“I’ve decided to step down as Miskatonic London co-director to focus on writing my book. It’s been really exciting to help set up Miskatonic London and co-run it in its first three years of existence. Kier-La Janisse had a great idea and I’m glad to have been involved in bringing it to life. Miskatonic London has created a strong sense of community and tapped into a real appetite in the public for learning about the more obscure and neglected corners of horror film. It has opened up a dialogue between fans and academics and encouraged the spread of more critical ways of discussing horror. I am looking forward to seeing it continue to grow and develop under the new co-directorship.”
We wish her the best of luck with her endeavors!
The Next Generation Arrives
Stepping in as Miskatonic London’s co-director as of January 2018 is Josh Saco, the curator behind Cigarette Burns Cinema, one of the UK’s leading independent film exhibitors, who caters to fans of left field, classic horror and exploitation cinema, screening primarily from rare 16mm and 35mm prints at prestigious venues including the Barbican, Prince Charles and Regent Street Cinema and various festivals. Saco says:
“Our beloved genre offers various darkened alleyways and avenues. I look forward to exploring, discovering and sharing these mysterious corridors of the Miskatonic Institute with everyone.”
Saco will be running Miskatonic London with founder Kier-La Janisse, who also co-runs the New York branch with film writer and Visit Films’ Assistant Director of Festivals and Non-Theatrical, Joe Yanick.
Miskatonic Montreal Is No More
In spring 2018 Miskatonic also says farewell to its longest-running branch in Montreal. Co-directors Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare and Kristopher Woofter have decided to branch off into their own local community of horror scholarship. They call it The Montreal Monstrum Society. Woofter will
however be joining Miskatonic NYC as an instructor for its Shirley Jackson class on March 13th.
Find Out More
For more info about Miskatonic U.S., check out http://www.miskatonic-nyc.com/. For more info about Miskatonic U.K., check out http://www.miskatonic-london.com/. Don’t forget to sign up for their Newsletter!
Interesting stuff! Makes me miss my college days. Maybe I should sign up for a class or two? What do you think, Horror Fam? Tell us in the comments!