The Vampires of London: A Cinematic Survey

Illustrated lecture with Mark Pilkington, Strange Attractor Press
Date: Tuesday, October 15

Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $10
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

In late 1969, as Swinging London entered its terminal phase, reports began to emerge of a tall, malevolent entity prowling the decaying gothic splendor of London’s Highgate Cemetery. Wielding stakes, crucifixes, garlic bulbs and a lot of crushed velvet, a group of local youths invaded the cemetery in search of the supernatural; newspapers quickly picked up on the story and so the legend of  Highgate Vampire was born.

In this heavily illustrated presentation, Mark Pilkington looks at the many themes and influences – cultural, social and geographical –  that made the appearance of The Vampire an eerie inevitability. Armed with a wealth of stories, photographs and film clips – from Hammer classics and Pathe newsreels to period television and Mondo obscurities – Mark will add flesh to the bones of this undying monster.

Mark Pilkington is the author of Mirage Men and runs Strange Attractor Press.


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