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Source: Mount Saint Vincent University

Media Advisory: Let out a Scream, It's Halloween!

October 27, 2006

To many, Halloween is their favourite holiday. A time to dress up and assume an alter ego or watch escapist horror movies such as Friday the 13th. For those involved in goth culture, itís the ultimate night of celebration. A time when a fascination with death (and especially vampires) and activities such as dressing up in black clothing and wearing black makeup are behaviours which move from societyís fringes to become almost mainstream.

What needs are served by costumes and dressing up? Why the ever-expanding franchise in horror movies (Halloween 8, Saw III) aimed at those with a taste for terror? Who are the contemporary goths, where did they come from and what are they all about?

Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) offers two distinguished professors to help unravel some of the mystery surrounding October 31.

Dr. Steven Bruhm (Professor, English) is available to speak on gothic culture and its relationship to the rituals of Halloween. His areas of expertise are fear and costumes and their symbolic significance. Other areas of expertise include gothic horror in film and literature, evil children (aka the Gothic Child) and the underside of Halloween fun. Dr. Bruhm is the former International Gothic Society President.

Dr. Randi Warne (Co-ordinator, Cultural Studies, Acting Co-ordinator, Fine Arts, Professor, Chair, Philosophy/Religious Studies) is available to speak on witches, witchcraft, superstitions and the supernatural.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Anne Stephaniuk
MSVU Public Affairs
Tel: (902) 457-6439
Cell: (902) 441-0505



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