David Skal is available for slide-illustrated lectures based on any of his books throughout the year and especially during the month of October. For more information and/​or queries about specific dates or custom programs, please contact Scott Wolfman at Wolfman Productions(scott@​wolfmanproductions.com)

Cultural Institutions

Musee du Louvre, Paris

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

High Museum of Art,Atlanta

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA

Colleges and Universities

Austin College

Bryn Mawr College

Butler University

Cincinnati State College

Delaware Valley State College

East Carolina University

Eastern Arizona University

Eastern Illinois University

Franklin Pierce College

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Marquette University

Mercer Comunity College

New York University

Niagara University

Pace University

Salisbury State College

Salt Lake City Community College

St. Joseph's College

Slippery Rock University

Staten Island College

Suffolk County Community College

Southern Alabama University

University of California, Riverside

University of Oklahoma

University of Southern California

University of Tulsa

Utah State University

Wayne State College

Western Kentucky University

Winthrop University

Wright State University

Upcoming Events


August 25 Scheduled interview appearance on ABC's "20/​20" on the Dracula mystique. Check local listings.

September 7 - November 30 Lansdowne Visting Scholar, Department of Germanic and Russian Studies, University of Victoria, B.C., Will teach a multimedia course based on THE MONSTER SHOW and classic gothic fiction.

October 6 Slide lecture and Q&A on the history of Halloween, based on DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY. Northeast Community College, Blountsville TN. Details TBA.

October 20 Slide lecture and Q&A based on THE MONSTER SHOW, Skagit Valley College, Mt. Vernon, WA. Details TBA.

October 31 Slide lecture and Q&A on the history of Halloween, based on DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI. Details TBA



Throughout the month:

Media spokesman for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's month-long "Howl-o-Scream" celebration.

Featured interview on Animal Planet's "Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures," hosted by Elvira. Check local listings.

Featured interview on E! Network's "True Hollywood Story" special on "Scream Queens." Check local listings.

October 2 Salem, MA. Slide-illustrated lecture based on DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN. 2:00 p.m., National Park Service Visitor Center auditorium, followed by book signing at the historic Salem Witch House. Sponsored by Salem's "Haunted City" project.

October 18-19 Lansdowne guest scholar, University of Victoria, B.C. Presenting two lectures based on HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC and THE MONSTER SHOW, times and details TBA.

October 23 Dark Delicacies Bookstore, 4213 Burbank Blvd, Burbank, California, 2-5 p.m. Book signing for the new edition of HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC. Personalized autographs can be reserved in advance at 818-556-6660 or by e-mail at darkdel.com

October 27 Coldwater Books, Tuscumbia, Alabama. Book signing for HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC. Time and details TBA.

October 28 Ritz Theatre, 103 West Third Street, Sheffield, Alabama. Slide lecture based on DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN. Details TBA.

October 30 2:00 pm. Book signing for HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum, 7021 Hollywood Blvd (West of Grauman's Chinese Theatre). Tel. 323-465-7900.

Selected Works

The ultimate "collector's vault"!
There's much more to the Invisible Man than ever met the eye!
How horror entertainment reveals a "secret history" of 20th century culture.
A comprehensive, backstage chronicle at the undying career of the world's favorite vampire.
An in-depth history of one of America's most popular and perplexing holidays.
Co-edited with Nina Auerbach, the definitive academic edition.
The first full-length biography of the reclusive and mysterious director of "Freaks."
One of the largest vampire anthologies ever published, fully illustrated and annotated.
"The Bible of Blood," according to the Washington Post.
Completely illustrated and annotated, the stage play that put Count Dracula on the road to Hollywood.
The curious evolution of a major cultural icon -- the mad scientist.
Science fiction nvel about a California cult seeking total body replacement
Science fiction novel about genetically engineered, hermaphroditic "children."
Science fiction novel about the ultimate in vicarious living.
DVD Documentaries
A revealing featurette about a Universal legend.
Audio commentary for the ultimate cult film.
The ultimate horror icon comes to life.
Life story of the troubled actor best-known as the Wolf Man.
Biography of the man who was Dracula.
The life and career of Hollywood's favorite bogeyman.
A movie icon unwrapped.
The parallel lives of two immortal imagineers.
A nostalgic look at a studio's extraterrestrial adventures.
Revisiting Hollywood's classic horror comedies.
The undying tale of a beauty and a beast.
Behind the scenes with an Academy Award-winning film.
A head-first dive into watery terror.
There's more to this character than meets the eye.
The monster demands a mate, with decidedly mixed results.
The vampire's bumpy journey from Victorian sex nightmare to modern matinee idol.
Articles and Essays
Read David's foreword to this provocative collection!