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 and curates film events and brings you articles, essays and interviews with established and emerging genre filmmakers, artists, curators and exhibitors on our website.

Through our film production arm, we support the creation of genre-related short, feature-length and episodic media.

We are also affiliated with The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, an international community of horror writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators who offer horror history, theory and production classes, with branches currently in London and New York.

Questions about ordering? Contact us at bigsmashproductions@gmail.com
Publicity/Press requests: contact Kaila Hier at kaila.s.hier@gmail.com



Owner and Editor-in-Chief: Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. 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, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She 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) and contributed to 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 (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015), Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017) and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017). She is currently co-curating (with Clint Enns) an anthology book on the films of Robert Downey, Sr., and writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985,  as well as monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2. She is also 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). She serves on the boards for both Fantastic Fest and the American Genre Film Archive.

Managing Editor: Paul Corupe

The creator of Canuxploitation.com, Toronto-based writer and editor Paul Corupe has been exploring and documenting the secret history of Canadian genre movies for more than 15 years. A regular contributor to Rue Morgue magazine, he is has also written about film for The Toronto Star, Take One Film and Television in Canada and Cinema Sewer, among others. 

Pre-Press Director: Josh Saco

Josh Saco has been a professional printer since 2004, and is a film archivist, collector and curator who puts on events in the UK and beyond under the banner of Cigarette Burns Cinema.

Publicist: Kaila Sarah Hier

Kaila Hier is an international publicist who specializes in genre festivals and genre-related projects. In addition to Spectacular Optical she also does PR for The Fantasia International Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Brooklyn Horror Fest, Fright Fest, Stranger With My Face and more.

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 Kaila Hier at kaila.s.hier@gmail.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.