YULETIDE TERROR book tour this December!

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For many, Christmas is an annual celebration of goodwill and joy, but for others, it’s a time to curl up on the couch in the dead of winter for a good old fashioned fright. The festive holiday season has always included a more somber side, and scary tales of child-stealing demons to ghost stories told ‘round the fireplace go back to pre-Christian celebrations. These long-standing traditions have found modern expression in the Christmas horror film, a unique and sometimes controversial subgenre that cheerfully drives a stake of holly through the heart of cherished Christmas customs.

Canadian micro-press Spectacular Optical’s new book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television delves into the world of festive fright favourites and obscurities, from American Santa Slashers (and the ensuing controversies) to the quintessentially-English A Ghost Story for Christmas series, providing insight on these subversive film and television presentations that allow viewers to engage in different ways with the complicated cultural history of the Christmas season.

To celebrate the release of the book, publisher Spectacular Optical is teaming up with a host of organizations this December to present screenings, lectures and other events related to the book’s subject matter. Each event will also feature the premiere of a new Christmas horror short called WE ALWAYS FIND OURSELVES IN THE SEA, written and directed by Sean Hogan (THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS) in the wintry tradition of the classic M.R. James hearthside tales.

“A hugely informative compilation of studies of the shadows Christmas brings – a splendid gift for any horror film enthusiast, which will last all year round.” – Ramsey Campbell

Contributors to YULETIDE TERROR include Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA), Kim Newman (NIGHTMARE MOVIES), Caelum Vatnsdal (THEY CAME FROM WITHIN: A HISTORY OF CANADIAN HORROR CINEMA), Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE), Shelagh Rowan-Legg (THE SPANISH FANTASTIC), Alexandra West (FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY), Michael Helms (FATAL VISIONS), Andrea Subissati (The FACULTY OF HORROR Podcast), Zack Carlson (DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!), Joanna Wilson (THE CHRISTMAS TV COMPANION), Diane A. Rodgers (CINEMA RETRO), Andrew Nette (PULP CURRY), Amanda Reyes (MADE FOR TV MAYHEM), David Bertrand (SATANIC PANIC), David Canfield (SCREEN ANARCHY), Eric Zaldivar (co-writer/producer, DJANGO LIVES!), Leslie Hatton (POPSHIFTER), Owen Williams (EMPIRE), Ralph Elawani (BLEU NUIT: HISTOIRE D’UN CINÉPHILIE NOCTURNE), Derek Johnston (HAUNTED SEASONS: TELEVISION GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS AND HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN), Neil Mitchell (Devil’s Advocates: CARRIE), Chris Hallock (DIABOLIQUE), Ariel Fisher (RUE MORGUE), Luke Mullen (Fantastic Fest), Lee Gambin (NOPE, NOTHING WRONG HERE: THE MAKING OF CUJO), Zach Clark (writer/director, WHITE REINDEER), Justin Decloux (LASER BLAST Film Society) as well as Spectacular Optical co-editors Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) and Paul Corupe (CANUXPLOITATION).

The cover is illustrated by British artist Alisdair Wood, who has also created the chapter headings throughout the book, and the book also features artwork from Rick Trembles, Mainger, Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, Michelle Winer, Trevor Henderson and Lauri Ahonen, along with hundreds of stills and posters!

THE EVENTS:

Dec 9, 2017: BOSTON: Brattle Theatre: Screening of Jack Frost (Michael Cooney, 1997) + We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea, introduced by contributor Kier-La Janisse
Tickets: http://www.brattlefilm.org/2017/12/09/yuletide-terror-screening-tba/

Dec 12, 2017: BROOKLYN: Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies-NYC, Film Noir Cinema: Lecture and clip show by contributors Kier-La Janisse and Michael Gingold + We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea
Tickets: https://www.miskatonic-nyc.com/events/yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-on-film-and-television/

Dec 14, 2017: LONDON (UK): Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies-London, Horse Hospital: Lecture and clip show by contributors Stephen Thrower and Derek Johnston + We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea
Tickets: http://www.miskatonic-london.com/events/yuletide-terror-christmas-horror-on-film-and-television/

Dec 16, 2017: LOS ANGELES: American Cinematheque/Egyptian theatre: Double bill of To All a Good Night (David Hess, 1980) + Elves (Jeff Mandel, 1989) + book signing with contributor Kier-La Janisse, presented by Cinematic Void. Tickets: https://tickets.fandango.com/transaction/ticketing/express/ticketboxoffice.aspx?row_count=202674446&tid=aaofx&sdate=2017-12-16+19:30&mid=207912&from=mov_det_showtimes

Dec 19, 2017: MONTREAL: Bar Le Ritz PDB: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary: An Evening of Yuletide Terror with contributor Kier-La Janisse (Free event)
Website: https://barleritzpdb.com/

Dec 20, 2017: WINNIPEG: Winnipeg Cinematheque: Screening of Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974) + We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea, introduced by contributor Caelum Vatnsdal. Website: https://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/cinematheque

Dec 21, 2017: PHILADELPHIA: PhilaMOCA: Screening of Christmas Evil (Lewis Jackson, 1980) + We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea, introduced by contributor Chris Hallock
Website: http://www.philamoca.org

Dec 23, 2017: CHICAGO: Heirloom Books: Screening of We Always Find Ourselves in the Sea + book signing with contributor Dave Canfield

 

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She recently co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.

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