Don't turn out the lights! This class will look at monsters, from the folklore that inspired it, to the human elements is parodies, its literary appearances, and how the monster is portrayed today.
The Horror genre rose to its height in the 1980s, but remains one of the most successful genres of fiction, movies, and television. Before Twilight and The Walking Dead, there was Dracula and Night of the Living Dead. Going even further back, we have the Albanian shtriga and the Hatian zonbi. Many of the horror genre’s most gruesome monsters began as folk stories. Each class will be devoted to exploring a single monster from the horror catalog. We will look at the folklore that inspired it, the human elements it parodies, its literary appearances, and what the monster is up to today.