Jonas Prida and Dan Look
Jonas Prida and Dan Look will present on the Horrific Ecosystem at this year’s conference.

CSJ will hold its third annual Popular Culture Conference, American Horror from the Great Depression to the Great Recession, April 11 and 12, 2014, on the CSJ campus at 71 Clement Road in Rutland, Vt.

Presenters will cover topics in three themes, during sessions called Images of Regeneration, Dreams from a Witch House and Categories of Horror. These scholars of the horrific will come from near and far, including professors from Northeastern University, University of South Carolina, and College of St. Joseph.

“We have a really diverse panel. Presenters will examine movies, canonical literature, main-stream stuff and horror as a field,” said Jonas Prida, associate professor of English.

The conference kicks off on April 11. Panel discussions take place in Tuttle Hall on April 12 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Panels are free and open to the public, but meals are included for a $25 registration fee. Walk-in registration is available through the morning of April 12.

“The conference gives you a chance to see that you can look at horror movies, novels, etc. in a more interesting and complex way,” Prida said. “Seeing that these texts are rich doesn’t eliminate the entertainment value, it actually enhances it.”

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This year’s presentations include:

  • Leah Lapszynski, Northeastern University: “I Gave Him Life”: The Denigration of Self from Frankenstein to Re-Animator & Beyond.
  • Alexander Gladwin, St. Lawrence University:  Who Writes the Unwritable?:  the Issue of Authorship in H. P. Lovecraft and C. M. Eddy’s “The Loved Dead.”
  • Scott West, Harford Community College: Creepy, Eerie and the Warren World of Horror.
  • Marcello Ricciardi, St. Joseph’s College: Daring Voyagers: Milton and Lovecraft’s Paradisal Dreamquests.
  • Marshall Highet, College of St. Joseph: Madwomen Downstairs:  Exploring the Deadly Elitism of VC Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic.
  • Jonas Prida, College of St. Joseph and Dan Look, St. Lawrence University: Toward a Horrific Ecosystem.
  • Todd Spaulding, University of South Carolina: In Defense of Weird Fiction.
  • Sean O’Brien, SUNY Canton: Vampires vs. Zombies: Dungeons and Dragons Quantifies the Gothic Imagination.