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Storytelling and Indigenous Horror: An Index

Across last night’s presentation “Storytelling and Horror Through and Indigenous Lens”, author Nathan Adler referenced a wealth of Indigenous and non-indigenous stories in various formats — almost too many to take notes on! But never fear – he   

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More Than Meets the Eye: Indigenous Horror and Canada’s History

By Gina Freitag While co-editing and contributing to a book on Canadian horror cinema some years ago, it was important (and necessary) to recognize that while the collection of essays assembled for the project captures substantial pieces of horror film   

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An Intro to the Fantastic, Freak Shows, and Disability Studies

Some of our favourite entries in the horror genre feature astonishing characters whose abilities exist in the fantastic. As you know, the depiction of ‘otherness’ plays a central role in horror, distinguishing between the degrees of ‘heroic’ and   

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Elder Horror to Haunt Your Nightmares

By: Maddi McGillvray  There has been a noticeable resurgence of evil older women (or crones) in contemporary horror films, particularly within the found footage subgenre. My virtual lecture will look at two prominent examples of this trend: M.   

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The Aging Men of Horror

By: Maddi McGillvray  Although elder horror narratives typically project anxieties of growing older onto women, there are some films that also delve into the horrors of men’s aging. Unlike representations of elderly women in horror that emphasize the   

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What is a Crone?

By Maddi McGillvray  “If you want to strike fear into the hearts of both men and women, bring out the crone.” – Kristen Sollée in Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive If you are familiar with fairy   

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Hanging Out with ‘The Exorcist III’ (1990)

By Gina Freitag This Halloween season, we’re keeping things dark and chilling with tarot reader Laura Hokstad as she leads our next lecture, The Hanged Man: Tarot Archetypes in Horror. You may have caught a glimpse of her on   

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Creating New Folktales for Generations to Come

By David Demchuk Writers and filmmakers around the world are using the tools and language of folktales to tell new stories to their audiences about the world we live in today. But how do you create new legends   

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Folklore vs. Folk Horror

By David Demchuk As you might expect, there is often some confusion about what constitutes folk horror and how it differs from horror based on or derived from folklore. Some of this is subjective, and there is considerable   

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Folklore and Horror: Once Upon a Time

By David Demchuk For many of us, our first exposure to horror was when we were children reading fairytales. Cutting open the wolf to free Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother? Terrifying. Cannibalistic witch baked in her