From January 8 2015, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies (Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos) will open the doors of its London branch at the arts centre the Horse Hospital.
The Miskatonic Institute aims to offer University- level explorations into the more obscure corners of horror and fantastical cinema, under the tutelage of established programmers, writers and scholars. Already lined up to bestow their knowledge are horror expert Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies and Cat People; horror and exploitation writer Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA and Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema of Jesus Franco; Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women and founder of Spectacular Optical Publications; Mark Pilkington, author of Mirage Men and director of Strange Attractor Press; Jasper Sharp, author of Behind the Pink Curtain and director of the documentary The Creeping Garden; Virginie Sélavy, founder of Electric Sheep and editor of The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology.
Among the topics to be discussed in detail are Jesus Franco, landscapes in horror, classroom safety films and sado-masochism.
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a non-profit, community-based organization that started in Montreal, Canada. Founded by Kier-La Janisse in March of 2010, Miskatonic Montreal now operates under the leadership of co-directors Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare and Kristopher Woofter. Miskatonic London operates under the co-direction of Kier-La Janisse and Virginie Sélavy.
The first set of monthly classes run from January to June 2015, on the second Thursday of the month. Already scheduled for Jan 8th is SCHOOL OF SHOCK: PAIN AND PLEASURE IN THE CLASSROOM SAFETY FILM, taught by Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies founder Kier-La Janisse.
Dates: 8 January, 12 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June
Time: 7-10pm (film + lecture)
Prices: £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs / £55 full season registration