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September 30, 2020

Mirror, Mirror: Folklore, Fairytale and Legend in Horror


Some of our most terrifying tales have been passed down through centuries in the form of folklore, fairytales and legends—and they continue to shape horror narratives today. Award-winning author David Demchuk will look at how we define folklore and separate it from other kinds of storytelling, and look at numerous examples of contemporary horror based on or inspired by these timeless tales. We’ll also look at modern folklore, urban legends and ‘fakelore’ and how they have entered the horror vernacular.

Then follow along on Twitter via @BlackMuseumTO as we watch the Finnish teen meta-slasher Lake Bodom (2016, dir. Taneli Mustonen) – inspired by true events! Available to stream on Shudder (Canada and US).

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
Time: Lecture at 7:30pm, live-tweet screening to follow, via @blackmusemTO, at approx. 8:20pm ET
Register for this complimentary event here.

Please Note: This is a complimentary event, though we do encourage audience members to contribute a pay-what-you-can (PWYC) donation in support of our programming and guest lecturer via https://ko-fi.com/blackmuseumto.


David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital and other media for 40 years. His debut horror novel The Bone Mother was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Shirley Jackson Award, among others. It won the 2018 Sunburst Award in the Adult Fiction category. His new horror novel Red X, set in Toronto’s gay village, will be published in 2021.

More info: https://www.daviddemchuk.com/

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