Named after the sinister institution in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, Spectacular Optical is a small-press publisher of collectible film and pop culture books with an emphasis on supporting Canadian genre film writers and designers. Spectacular Optical is owned and operated by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse.
In addition to our print books, throughout the year Spectacular Optical produces film events and brings you articles, essays and interviews with established and emerging genre filmmakers, artists, curators and exhibitors on our website.
Owner and Editor-in-Chief: Kier-La Janisse
Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founder 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 the books Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (Spectral Press, 2015) 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 co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and is currently co-editing the books Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (with Paul Corupe) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (with Samm Deighan), both for release in 2017. She is also writing the books A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985 and a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter, and is in development on a narrative television series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films (Free Fire, Duke of Burgundy, A Field in England).
Managing Editor: Paul Corupe
Since 1999 Paul Corupe has shared his passion for Canada’s film history at Canuxploitation.com, a site recognized as the essential source for uncovering the forgotten films of Canada’s past. He regularly writes about genre film and Canadian cinema in publications including Rue Morgue magazine and Take One: Film and Television in Canada. He has appeared in several documentaries about Canadian film and scripted episodes of Bravo’s On Screen! television series.
Website Design: Plank
Logo Design: Scott Campbell
PRESS COPIES: Promotional copies of our books are available to the press for review. To request a press copy of a Spectacular Optical book, please email email@example.com with the name of your media outlet and its web address, your mailing address and an approximate time when we can expect the review to be published. PDFs are also available.
SUBMISSIONS: We are always accepting pitches for articles, essays and interviews to appear on our website. Our focus is genre cinema, animated cinema and experimental cinema, as well as television, musical and pop cultural ephemera. There are two ways to submit an article:
1) Send in a completed piece that you feel fits our mandate, that has not yet been printed or published in any other format. There is no limit on length, but under 4,000 words is preferred.
2) Pitch a piece that you have not yet written that you feel fits our mandate. To do this, please send a 400-word summary of the content and angle of your piece, along with three writing samples that reflect the quality and approach of the piece you are pitching.
In both cases, the EIC and Managing Editor will look over your submission and get back to you within two weeks about whether we feel it’s a good fit for Spectacular Optical.