Welcome to the website of Contemporary Folk Horror in Film and Media conference, to be held at Leeds Beckett University Thursday 30th July and Friday 31st July 2020.

Conference organisers Melody Blackmore and Sue Chaplin invite proposals on all aspects of Folk Horror in film and media, including all things rural, sacrificial and isolated landscapes in the 21st Century and beyond.


It is our pleasure to announce that we have some amazing keynote speakers that will be attending the conference…

Keynote: Karl Spracklen . Professor of Sociology of Leisure and Culture based in the Leeds School of Social Sciences, and the Director of Research for Social Policy. He was previously a Professor of Leisure Studies here at Leeds Beckett University.

Karl is the founder and principal editor of the journal Metal Music Studies, and an Ambassador for the International Society for Metal Music Studies. He has written extensively on music, subcultures, identity and leisure and culture, with interests in alternativity and marginalisation, and social inclusion and exclusion.

As well as popular music studies, Karl’s research is based in the subject fields of leisure studies, sociology of leisure and leisure theory. He is a former Chair and of the Leisure Studies Association, and a current Ambassador for them. He is the Secretary of Research Committee 13 (Sociology of Leisure) of the International Sociological Association. He is the co-editor of a book series for Palgrave called Leisure Studies in a Global Era, and another for Emerald called Alternativity and Marginalization. He is the author of a number of key monographs and textbooks on leisure.

Keynote: Thomas Waters @DrThomasWaters. Historian. Lecturer at Imperial College London. Tutor for the WEA. Author of Cursed Britain: a History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times. His talk will be on the revival of exorcism and demonology in the churches of the Western world, from the 1970s

Keynote: Allan Bryce . Editor of the fantastic Darkside Magazine. A bi-monthly UK magazine covering the field of horror cinema. Launched in 1990 it has been edited throughout its run by AllanĀ  find the website here https://thedarksidemagazine.com/

For the past 30 years Allan Bryce has been editor and publisher of The Dark Side, Britain’s biggest selling (and longest lasting) horror magazine. His work has also appeared in The Times and The Daily Express and he has written books on Amicus Films and the Video Nasties era. Among the countless other publications that he has contributed too over his long freelance career are the likes of Video World, DVD World, Penthouse, Photoplay, Radio Times, Bizarre and Fear magazine. 

Allan will be looking at the haunted landscapes of Folk Horror, a popular subgenre that encompasses the likes of The Wicker Man, Blood on Satan’s Claw and Witchfinder General. Whether emphasising the horrific aspects of folklore or setting their terrors against beautiful rural landscapes, Folk Horror films mine a spooky furrow and have a huge cult following that continues to grow with the success of modern day movies such as The Witch and Midsommar. 


There is the chance that this conference will be also involved in a collective works book edition on Folk Horror!! More details will be released closer to the time for the speakers/contributors involved in the event.

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