After a successful pilot season in Fall 2016 at the now-defunct Morbid Anatomy Museum, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - NYC will re-launch in Fall 2017 at its new home, The Film Noir Cinema, in the heart of Greenpoint (a short walk from the Nassau Ave stop on the G).
The acclaimed lecture series will kick off with Grady Hendrix, the author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend's Exorcism, presenting a live performance and launch for his new book about the lurid world of 70s horror pulps, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL.
In the early 70s, three books changed horror forever: Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, and The Other. The first horror novels to hit bestseller lists since 1940, they opened the floodgates for an avalanche of horror paperbacks to flood supermarket and drugstore shelves throughout the 70s and 80s, before Silence of the Lambs slit the genre's throat in the early 90s.
Fresh off last year's one-man show, SUMMERLAND LOST, Grady Hendrix delivers a mind-melting oral history of this wild and woolly world of Nazi leprechauns, skeleton doctors, killer crabs, killer jellyfish, and killer fetuses, featuring hair-raising readings, a William W. Johnstone quote-off, and more tales of terrifying tots, tricycles, clowns, puppets, and heavy metal bands than should be strictly legal. Prepare yourself for a tour of this long-lost universe of terror that lurked behind the lurid, foil-embossed, die-cut covers of...the Paperbacks from Hell!
PLUS! Following Grady's illustrated presentation will be a live round table discussion and Q+A with several artists who painted the book covers under discussion, including:
Jill Bauman - if you've seen a doll on a horror paperback cover, it was probably painted by Jill Bauman. A longtime fan favorite, she has illustrated covers for everyone from Harlan Ellison, to Ramsey Campbell, to Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Peter Straub.
Lisa Falkenstern - award-winning artist, Lisa Falkenstern, has painted some of the most memorable horror covers in the business, and she was the regular VC Andrews cover artist for 15 years.
Thomas Hallman - still painting book covers today, Tom Hallman's distinctive style has graced everything from forgotten creature horror novels like Gila! to popular paperbacks like Stephen King's The Green Mile.
There will be books available for sale at the event.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Grady Hendrix is the author of Horrorstör, the only novel about a haunted Scandinavian furniture superstore you’ll ever need. It has been translated into 14 languages and is being made into a TV show by Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl). His next novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, about demonic possession, friendship, exorcism, and the Eighties, was released by Quirk Books in May, 2016. Grady was also a co-founder of the New York Asian Film Festival, and his stories about UFO cults, killer Chinese parasites, Cthulhu dating your mom, and super-genius human-hating apes have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination.
ABOUT THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES:
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a community-based organization that was founded by film writer/programmer Kier-La Janisse (author of House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films) in Canada in March of 2010 and now has branches in Montreal, London and New York. Miskatonic NYC operates under the co-direction of Kier-La Janisse and film journalist/festival coordinator Joe Yanick.