The Uncanny and the Abject


This two hour workshop will unravel the psychological theories of the Uncanny and the Abject. Together, we will explore how they pertain to crafting tales of terror and shock through discussion of published horror fiction and live short writing activities that explore the different techniques required when triggering revulsion or conjuring dread. Note: a short story for discussion will be emailed to participants and is required reading prior to the class.

About the Instructor

Michael Arnzen teaches horror and fiction writing fulltime at Seton Hill University and has run workshops at World Horror Con, Odyssey, Alpha, and elsewhere for genre writers, including every stateside StokerCon. The author of Instigation and Grave Markings, Arnzen holds four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his twisted fiction and poetry. Visit him at

Register for this course

All courses are $65 USD.

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