Kink in Horror Fiction

This horror-focused course discusses how kink is addressed in horror stories and movies, touches on the inclusion of kink in several other genres in film and literature, and offers advice about how to write kink and fetish convincingly from the point of two authors who are in a real-life BDSM relationship.
Format

Deep Dive

Starting date

Always Available

Duration

5 weeks

Price

$ 199

A five week intensive course on how to write kink in horror 

This horror-focused course discusses how kink is addressed in horror stories and movies, and touches on the inclusion of kink in several other genres in film and literature. 
Throughout this course you learn from horror author Sumiko Saulson and slam poet Emily Flummox, two real-life queer kinksters, about kink in horror and other film and literary genres.  This course covers:

  • Kink and fetish as an allegory for queerness and closeting in works including but not limited to Clive Barker's Nightbreed and Hellraiser.
  • How kink is effectively married to body horror in films like Videodrome.
  • Common fetishes such as bondage, discipline, sado-masochism, and how they are typically portrayed.
  • Disturbing fetishes like amputation and how they are portrayed in horror films like Boxing Helena.
  • Lesser known fetishes like hypnotism, primal hunter, bimboficatiion and Stepfordization, and how movies influence and are influenced by them.
  • How the portrayal of consent can make the difference between a sympathetic hero and a particularly loathsome villain.
  • Why some kinks make people so nervous they are constantly showing up in the context of humor.
  • The differences between the real life kink community and fictional variants.
  • How to write hot scenes that play well to audiences while maintaining elements of fear and horror.

Sumiko Saulson

Horror Author, Editor, ZineMaker
About
Sumiko Saulson is an award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror. Ze is the editor of the anthologies and collections Black Magic Women, Scry of Lust, Black Celebration, and Wickedly Abled. Ze is the winner of the 2016 HWA StokerCon "Scholarship from Hell", 2017 BCC Voice "Reframing the Other" contest, 2017 Mixy Award, 2018 AWW "Afrosurrealist Writer Award," 2020 HWA Diversity Grant recipient. Ze has an AA in English from Berkeley City College, and writes a column called "Writing While Black" for a national Black Newspaper, the San Francisco BayView. Ze is the host of the SOMA Leather and LGBT Cultural District's "Erotic Storytelling Hour." and the Social Media Manager at the Horror Writers Association.
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