A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
Embracing the Beast
Our Changing Relationship with Demons, Werewolves and Vampires
With Peter Laws
on Sunday the 24th October 2021 at 1:30 pm

Through history, psychology, popular culture, horror movies and humour, the Reverend Peter Laws asks why human culture seems so fascinated with the thought of a ‘beast inside us’. Peter, who loved scary movies before he ever set foot in a church, charts our changing relationship with werewolves, vampires and demons and shares how these once feared beasts have become objects of desire and even, liberation.

From Peter’s hunting of werewolves in Hull to meeting real life blood drinking vampires to the recent boom in requests for exorcism, he’ll unpack, for some people, how becoming a dangerous monster can be both frightening and surprisingly appealing.

Please note this event has sadly been cancelled due to the speaker testing positive with Covid-19. All ticket holders have been refunded

Peter Laws
Peter Laws is an author, podcaster, journalist and ordained church minister. His book ‘The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore’ is a globe trotting explanation (and defence) of the human morbid streak. His podcast Creepy Cove Community Church offers full and immersive church services broadcast from a haunted and mysterious fishing town…where all horror movies actually happened. It’s been described as ‘Songs of Praise meets Stephen King’. He is the creator of the Matt Hunter creepy crime fiction novels and has a monthly column in The Fortean Times magazine.

Image credit - Dental operations with five demons: one being operated on, another about to be. Coloured etching. Wellcome Collection.

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