Horror Scholar David J. Skal at Tech

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David J Skal
The Writing and Communication Program has arranged for David J. Skal to give a special talk entitled, “The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror.” Skal is an internationally respected horror scholar in town for Atlanta’s second annual Monsterama Convention, and his ghoulish talk is designed to be a fun way to kick off October festivities at Georgia Tech.

The talk and Q&A will run from 10-11am on Monday, October 5 in Hall 102.

Illuminating the dark side of the American century, Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. In the process, he uncovers surprising links between horror and science fiction entertainment and the great social crises of our time as well as horror’s function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements.


David J. Skal has been for the past 25 years one of America’s most important writers on horror film and literature. Included among his books are The Monster ShowHollywood GothicScreams of ReasonV is for VampireDeath Makes a Holiday, and the forthcoming title Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker (Liveright, 2016). He is co-author, with Elias Savada, of Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning and co-editor, with Nina Auerbach, of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He has scripted the A&E Biography documentaries about Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney, Jr., and he has produced, written and directed ten “making-of” DVD and Blu-ray documentaries for Universal’s classic monster library, additionally hosting and narrating for “Back to the Black Lagoon” and “Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters.” For Lionsgate/Showtime, he was writer, co-producer, and co-director of the behind-the-scenes chronicle of Bill Condon’s Academy Award-winning film Gods and Monsters, and his audio commentaries are included on the special edition releases of Tod Browning’s Dracula (Universal Home Video) and Freaks (Warner Home Video). He has also lectured extensively at leading colleges, universities, and cultural institutions in the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the Musée du Louvre, and has taught courses based on his work at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Victoria. Currently, he is a film critic for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.