Spooky Evenings brings 38 consecutive nights of academic-based horror

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Spooky Evenings brings 38 consecutive nights of academic-based horror
Spooky Evenings brings 38 consecutive nights of academic-based horror
Spooky Evenings brings 38 consecutive nights of academic-based horror
Spooky Evenings brings 38 consecutive nights of academic-based horror

Nebraska Wesleyan University is sponsoring Spooky Evenings, a multidisciplinary virtual event series that seeks to engage academics and fans of the horror genre. The series, now in its second year, begins Oct. 1 with Richard Chizmar, author of the New York Times Bestseller Chasing the Boogeyman.

Programming runs 38 consecutive nights through Halloween and into the first week of November. Live streaming of each event will begin at 7 p.m. CST. The online video series features award winning horror writers, scholars, directors and films that explore the cultural phenomena expressed within “spooky” artifacts.

Nebraska Wesleyan Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History Matthew Jarvis and Assistant Professor of Digital Media Juan José Castaño-Márquez are the two self-proclaimed “horror nerds” championing Spooky Evenings. “The heart of this event is meant to be educational,” said Jarvis. “That isn’t to say education can’t be mixed with pop culture and fun. We are ecstatic to bring this programming to everyone from horror enthusiasts to those in academia.”

Speakers include

  • Six-time Bram Stoker Award winner, Lisa Morton;
  • Renowned biblical scholar and author of Satan: A Biography, Dr. Henry Ansgar Kelly;
  • Award-winning annotator Leslie Klinger;
  • Carnage comic author, Clay McLeod Chapman; and many more.

In addition to virtual programming, Spooky Evenings and Nebraska Wesleyan – in partnership with Mad Duck Posters – are hosting a horror art exhibition entitled Posters that Go Bump in the Night. The exhibition runs through Oct. 31 at Nebraska Wesleyan’s Elder Gallery, located in the Rogers Center for Performing Arts. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

We commend the work being done by organizations such as Nebraska Wesleyan because the arts are important to the education and quality of life for all Nebraskans.

Two grants have been awarded for Spooky Evenings programming and promotions representing support from the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Nebraska Arts Council Executive Director Suzanne Wise commented, “Nebraska Wesleyan University contributes a great deal to advancement of the arts in Lincoln. We commend the work being done by organizations such as Nebraska Wesleyan because the arts are important to the education and quality of life for all Nebraskans.”

For more information about Spooky Evenings and programming, please visit their website. You can also find them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching @spookyevening.

Funding was provided by the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. The views expressed in this programing do not necessarily reflect the views of the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska nor the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

About Humanities Nebraska

Humanities Nebraska is a private nonprofit with a mission to help Nebraskans explore what connects us and makes us human. HN is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, an appropriation from the Nebraska Legislature, private donations, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, a public-private partnership with state dollars matching private dollars to benefit the arts and humanities in Nebraska. For more information, visit Humanities Nebraska.

About Nebraska Arts Council

Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), a state agency, provides numerous grants, services and special initiatives that help sustain and promote the arts throughout Nebraska. NAC is supported by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraska Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the Nebraska Arts Council.