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H.P. Lovecraft – From Cosmic Horror to Heavy Metal

Date/Time
Date(s) - Tue. Feb. 4, 2014 - Tue. Mar. 4, 2014
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location
Microcinema [ ÊTRE]

Instructor
Carl Sederholm, Kristopher Woofter, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare

Admission
$35

Tuesdays, February 4th & February 11th, 18th, 25th and March 4th (5 weeks)

Horror fiction writer, theorist, philosopher, and prolific epistolarian, H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most important American authors of the 20th century. Lovecraft was a mentor to major horror writers such as Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury. His work has inspired everything from film festivals, to board games, to the ancient alien theories popularized by TV shows like In Search of …. Over this five-week course, various instructors will lecture on key aspects of Lovecraft’s work and influence, including his influence on heavy metal music, his connections to theology, his inspiration from and influence on pseudo-science, his importance to 20th century horror literature, television, cinema, music and gaming, and his influence on major authors of the “Weird,” like Peter Straub, Stephen King, China Miéville, Thomas Ligotti, Joyce Carol Oates, Kathe Koja and Caitlín Kiernan.

Individual Classes and Instructors

Readings for all classes can be found at the H.P. Lovecraft Library page at H.P.Lovecraft.com: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/

4 February: Shedding the Gothic, Theorizing the Weird: H.P. Lovecraft’s Mid- to Late-Period Works (Instructor: Kristopher Woofter) Reading for the Class: “The Colour Out of Space” (1927)

11 February: Religious Awe and Otherness in the Early Works of H.P. Lovecraft (Instructor: Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare) Reading for the Class: “Dagon” (1917) & “The Shunned House” (1924)

18 February: H.P. Lovecraft’s Influence on Heavy Metal Music (Guest Instructor: Carl Sederholm, Brigham Young University) Reading for the Class: Edgar Allan Poe’s “Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” (1845) & H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Statement of Randolph Carter” (1920) and “The Dunwich Horror” (1929)

25 February: Pseudo-archaeology and the Lovecraftian Narrative (Guest Instructor: Michael Wood, with  K. Woofter) Reading for the Class: “The Nameless City” (1921)

4 March: Screening and Discussion, film TBA

 

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