The world’s longest-running horror-centric educational organization – with branches in London, New York and Los Angeles – is pleased to announce its spring lineup of monthly classes in horror history, theory and production. Set against the mystical backdrop of Los Feliz’ storied Philosophical Research Society campus, Miskatonic talks are fun and casual illustrated excursions into horror’s dark corners led by some of the genre’s most renowned luminaries.

The new season will begin on Monday, January 6, with visiting instructor Caelum Vatnsdal (author of the book They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema) with his raucous illustrated lecture “Northern Scars.”

On February 13, Miskatonic will be joined by filmmaker Gillian Wallace Horvat (Sam Fuller doc A Fuller Life, SXSW short jury winner Kiss Kiss Fingerbang) who will offer a presentation on the power and pitfalls of expository monologues in horror, featuring special guest actor Steven Williams.

On March 12, comedy writer David Misch (Mork & MindyPolice Squad!) will give his dissection of how humor and horror writing and filmmaking techniques often mirror each other, in “Ha! Aaah! The Painful Relationship Between Humor and Horror.”

On April 9, Andy Milligan biographer Jimmy McDonough (The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan) visits LA to give a highly personal illustrated talk on the controversial low-budget director, in conjunction with a new edition of his acclaimed book.

The season will close on May 14 with a giant of genre film criticism, Stephen Thrower (Nightmare USA) who has turned his two epic tomes on filmmaker Jess Franco into a visual deep dive into the prolific filmmaker’s “confrontational works of horror, sadism and erotic spectacle.”

 

Miskatonic LA classes take place at:
The Philosophical Research Society
3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
Admission $12 advance/$15 door
Tickets are available on the Miskatonic Website