Have you ever wondered how superstitions and age-old myths have influenced African horror literature? The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is back with another masterclass, this time focused on the evolution and identity of this genre. The talk will be hosted by “The Queen of African Horror” also known as Nuzo Onoh who is a British-Nigerian writer who has been promoting this unique genre.

The masterclass, African Horror: Shades of Superstition, will take place at The Horse Hospital on Thursday 11th April from 7-10pm and is the perfect opportunity for lovers of horror to expand their knowledge into this intriguing sub-genre. Using the West African region as an anchor, Onoh will be exploring the term “African Horror” in depth, providing the basis for how to define this genre and what makes is unique compared to other pieces of literature. The lecture will look at various folk tales and early works including Amos Tutuolas’s The Palmwine Drinkard 1952, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa’s Indaba, My Children: African Folktale 1964 and then much later works including Ben Okri’s The Famished Road 1993, Nuzo Onoh’s The Sleepless 2016 and more.

The history of African Horror is deep-rooted within lore, superstitions and myths surrounding religious beliefs, society and many misconceived stereotypes that have been made about African culture throughout the years. Onoh aims to show the relevance of this genre within horror, and how it’s relevance plays a part in the films and literature that we often see today. The Queen herself hope that students will come along to this “unique journey into the deep mysteries of African culture and understand this emerging horror genre and the various shades of superstition that drive the African Horror narrative.”

The Miskatonic Institute is one of the most recognised organisations in the UK and US that is dedicated to giving students academic level classes that focus on different topics within the horror genre. All of their classes are presented by the world’s most renowned critical, literary and filmmaking experts – something that we can vouch for after attending previous classes Horror and Hilarity: Grand Guignol and The Paranoid Women’s Film.

If you’re a fan of the horror genre and would love to delve into African Horror, then this is a masterclass not to be missed! You can get your tickets for just £11, develop your knowledge of horror and meet some like-minded genre fans.