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Festival of Monsters

May 20, 2022 - May 22, 2022  |  UC Santa Cruz


The 2022 UCSC Festival of Monsters is a weekend of scholarship, social events, and art focused on monsters and their hidden meanings. Anyone interested in monsters, those tantalizing creatures that lurk in our collective cultural psyches, will enjoy this investigation and celebration of the strange and macabre. Scholarly presentations are framed by a film screening, a play reading, a horror writing contest, and a fabulous Halloween-in-May Monsters’ Masquerade Ball.

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The Festival of Monsters is presented by the UCSC Center for Monster Studies and made possible through the support of The Humanities Institute, the Department of Performance, Play & Design, Oakes College, Porter College, and the generosity of James Gunderson and Peter Coha. Special thanks to the staff of the Center for Monster Studies – Labris Willendorf, David Crellin, and Jen Mahal.



May 20, 2022
May 22, 2022