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01/02/2011 13:51 by Kier-La Janisse

What is The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies?

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an organization that offers a variety of theory and production-based workshops for youth aged 14-29. Statistics show that teenagers account for a healthy portion of horror film audiences, much to the chagrin of parents who would rather their kids steer clear of the genre. Often critically disdained, the horror genre is associated in many people’s minds with misogyny, superfluous violence, poor writing, and worse acting. But there is a lot more to horror films than meets the eye - and at such an impressionable and media-saturated age, it’s important for teens to be given the tools with which they can become responsible viewers. In Miskatonic courses, they'll get to see rare scare films with a group of like-minded fans, as well as the chance to connect with horror professionals who can help them on their way to a career in the world of horror films and fiction. 

The Miskatonic curriculum runs on Tuesdays from October through May, with occasional weekend or summer classes by visiting instructors.  Courses in the 2010/2011 curriculum include theoretical and historical approaches to Misogyny in Horror, Reality Horror, The Giallo Film, The Monsters of Hammer Films, The Rape-Revenge Film and more, with some courses focused on a particular director such as Mario Bava or David Cronenberg.  Students can sign up for individual classes or a full-year registration (fees listed at

The Fantasia Scholarship

Sometimes the youth who would get the most out of these courses are deterred by the professional registration fees. This is where Fantasia has stepped in to help! Fantasia offers five scholarships per school year (October-May) to would-be participants who are unable to cover the costs of yearly registration. To apply for the Fantasia Scholarship you need to be between the ages of 14-29 and be willing to fill out the one-page application form available for download on the Miskatonic website. Three scholarships are still available as of this writing. Download an application for a scholarship HERE.

Classes take place at:


3660 St. Laurent Blvd, 3rd Floor

Montreal Quebec



“It feels incredibly good to discuss these things with people that care, which just reminds me how much I love learning about new things. I wish college was like this.” – Ariel Esteban Cayer, Miskatonic Student, aged 17


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