Have you ever wondered where horror originated from? How Cthulhu became one of the most well-known horror monsters from literature? Or how horror translates to audiences in many other countries? These questions are often the ones posed by horror fans to other horror fans and end in drawn-out conversations about theories and articles they’ve read. The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international non-profit organisation that offers university-level masterclasses that cover a variety of topics about the horror genre. From horror writers to directors to recognised scholars, the institute was created in 2010 to give easy access to history and information seminars by professionals about a genre that is often left in the darkness.

For the fourth year running the Miskatonic gives London a selection of horror workshops that explore popular and lesser-known topics within the disturbing genre. With experts in the industry, they will be delving into some inspiring topics that are suitable for anyone that has a passion for horror and would love to learn more.

Horror and Hilarity: The Legacy of the Grand Guignol

Thursday 7th February from 7pm – 10pm

Perhaps you have pondered about what came before horror films… This talk looks at the history of the Grand Guignol, a theatre in Pigalle, Paris open from 1897 – 1962 that produced plays of a macabre matter that frightened and delighted the audience. This talk is hosted by Richard J. Hand who is a Professor of Media Practice at the University of East Anglia, and has published many books focusing on popular horror culture. The evening looks at the art form that came from creating these horrific and often very gory shows at the theatre and how they began to shape horror as we know it.


Tickets start from £11: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/458593

 

 

The Paranoid Woman’s Film

Thursday 7th March from 7pm – 10pm

During the 1940s there was a wave of films called the paranoid woman’s film, which were marketed to a new sense of femininity that had arose from the fact that women were attending the cinema alone as their husbands were away at war. The talk is presented by Mark Jancovich who is a Professor of Film and Television at the University of East Anglia, and has also written books on the politics of horror. The talk looks at various films from the era including Hitchcock’s Rebecca, Cat People and more.


Tickets in advance are £10: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/458595

 

 

 

African Horror: Shades of Superstition

Thursday 11th April from 7pm – 10pm

African horror has been established within the film world for some time, but it seems that in a literary sense it’s still trying to make a breakthrough. The class is presented by Nuzo Onoh, also known as The Queen of African Horror, who has a Law Degree and a Masters Degree in writing and is known for her knowledge and own writings about african horror. In this class she will be exploring how folklore has influenced African horror literature and how stereotypes are often a cause of topic within the writings.


Tickets start from £10: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/458598

 

 

Hellbound Hearts: The Dark Art of Clive Barker

Thursday 9th May from 7pm – 10pm

Clive Barker is one of the most influential names in horror; his books are the stuff of nightmares and led to some of the most notable movie adaptations including fan-favourite Hellraiser. The class is presented by Sorcha Ni Fhlainn who is a Senior Lecturer in Films Studies and American Studies and has written books about Barker’s writings. The talk will look at his work in depth and provide analysis about his books including the infamous Books of Blood.

 


 

If you’re a lover of horror then these seminars are not to be missed! We will be covering the first seminar looking the Grand Guignol, and cannot wait to find out what horrors are in store at Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.

For more information head over to their website: https://www.miskatonicinstitute.com/