The Aesthetics of Horror


Columbia DSL is pleased to present our first meetup of the decade!

The Aesthetics of Horror is hosted by Film at Lincoln Center at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

Horror is viewed by its detractors as simply a cheap way of giving people thrills but no matter the form (book, film, tv, game, podcast, graphic novel, immersive theatre) horror possess a unique capacity to provoke thought and conversations around difficult topics. The result has the potential to make the reader, viewer, player and/or listener consider what makes them uncomfortable and why.

Join us as we examine how the aesthetics of horror can be harnessed to address some of today’s most pressing issues.

We'll be joined by a group of storytellers who are exploring horror and its ability to provoke.

Livia Llewellyn is a writer of dark fantasy, horror, and erotica, whose short fiction has appeared in over 80 anthologies and magazines. Her collections, Engines of Desire (2011, Lethe Press) and Furnace (2016, Word Horde Press), have both received Shirley Jackson Award nominations for Best Collection, and Furnace won the 2016 This is Horror Award for Best Collection.

Nick Braccia & Mike Monello creators of podcast Video Palace - (When video collector Mark Cambria watches a mysterious VHS tape, he begins talking in his sleep in a language that doesn't exist. Mark and his girlfriend Tamra set out to investigate the tape's origin and find themselves caught up in a web of conspiracy, occult, and dread surrounding a legendary video store with a sinister purpose beyond imagining.)

Moderated by Barrie Adleberg - Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab Member

More guests to be named soon...

After the discussion stick around for a special prototyping session focused on harnessing the aesthetics of horror and emergent technology for creating awareness and conversation around pressing issues.