**JANUARY 29th & 30th**

Welcome to the website of Contemporary Folk Horror in Film and Media conference, to be held at Leeds Beckett University December 2021.

An online conference dedicated to contemporary Folk Horror in film and media, featuring talks, keynote speakers and panels.

Hosted by PhD Researcher Melody Blackmore and supported by Leeds School of Arts and School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University.


Professor Catherine Spooner

‘Sacrificial Maidens and Ritual Robes: the White Dress in Folk Horror’

Catherine Spooner is Professor of Literature and Culture at Lancaster University. She has published widely on Gothic in Victorian and contemporary literature, film and popular culture, with a particular emphasis on fashion. Her seven books include Fashioning Gothic Bodies, Contemporary Gothic and Post-millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, which was awarded the 2019 Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize. Her most recent book, The Cambridge History of the Gothic Volume 3: The Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, co-edited with Dale Townshend, was published in September 2021. She is currently writing a book on the cultural history of the white dress, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2024, and a folk horror novel set in Lancashire.

Professor Karl Spracklen

‘Come: it is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man.’: The re-enchantment of Scotland through Wicker Man tourism’

Karl Spracklen is a 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.

Allan Bryce

Folk Horror and its Popularity

For the past 31 years Allan Bryce has been editor and publisher of the Dark Side, Britain’s longest running magazine of the Macabre and Fantastic. In shops every 4 weeks it is now the biggest selling genre print magazine in the world. He also edits and publishes Infinity, a popular newsstand publication covering sci-fi, fantasy and cult TV. The author of books on Amicus Films, Cannibals, Zombies, British Horror and Video Nasties, he has written publications as diverse as City Limits, The Times, Penthouse Magazine (which he also edited), Photoplay, Hammer House of Horror and The Daily Express. Allan also contributed liner notes to the best-selling album A Portrait of Doris Day, and produced legendary anti-censorship magazine Scapegoat. Allan has also provided DVD commentaries over the years for films such as Dr Terrors House of Horrors.

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