Here at PopHorror, we love the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Not only are they named after the university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary cannon, but they also offer college-level classes in all things horror, including horror history, theory and production. There are currently three home bases in New York, London and Los Angeles, where Miskatonic founder Kier-La Janisse and her cronies find “the genre’s most renowned filmmakers, performers and critical luminaries… established writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators [who] celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective, guided by a broad definition of horror that includes many horror-adjacent topics.” And now they’ve announced that they’ve created an all new Advisory Board made up of some of the biggest names in horror today.
From The Press Release:
The Miskatonic Institute has announced a new advisory board to consult on the organization’s activities going forward. Miskatonic began assembling its board in the summer of 2018, in anticipation of the September 2018 opening of its most recent location in Los Angeles, the Los Feliz’ storied occult school, The University of Philosophical Research. This new partnership – in the very location where horror icon Bela Lugosi was married – signaled a new phase in the evolving story of the Miskatonic Institute.
Says Miskatonic founder Kier-La Janisse:
“Miskatonic has always existed as a small but thriving community of independent scholarship, run by a handful of dedicated individuals, but as we move into this next phase, we want to take a step up. We want to ensure that Miskatonic carries itself forward with transparency and a clear commitment to its long term mandate, which is to eventually have a bricks-and-mortar school with internal accreditation. As such, we have established a new Advisory Board for Miskatonic to help guide us through this process, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the people who have joined us.”
The new Advisory Board includes director and producer Mick Garris (Masters of Horror, Nightmare Cinema), actress/producer Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here, Re-Animator), director/producer Larry Fessenden (Depraved, The House of the Devil), author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study), filmmaker Buddy Giovinazzo (Combat Shock), lawyer and festival consultant Rodney Perkins, film programmer Heidi Honeycutt (Etheria Film Night), founder of Fantasia’s Frontieres Co-Production Market Stephanie Trepanier, Arrow Video acquisitions manager/disc producer Ewan Cant, film programmer Liane Cunje (TIFF, Overlook Film Festival), writer/director/producer Sean Hogan (The Devil’s Business, Future Shock: The Story of 2000AD) and Miskatonic founder Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women).
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies still has two months of classes this semester before they break for the summer, including Howard S. Berger’s class, The Destructible Man, about dummy-deaths on film (Los Angeles, April 11), Nuzo Onoh’s class on African horror fiction (London, April 11), a panel interrogating the impact of horror writer HP Lovecraft’s racism on his legacy with authors Matt Ruff (Lovecraft Country), Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom) and more (New York, April 16), British horror director Pete Walker in Conversation (Los Angeles, May 9) and more.
You can see the full lineup on their website here.