horror beyond the cinema

explore a wider world of fear

course description

This course is aimed at anyone interested in horror, who wants to expand their knowledge and understanding of the genre beyond film. This course will explore the historical contexts of horror on television and radio, and examine contemporary TV and radio horror texts. In addition, there will be practical workshops where you can gain hands-on experience of casualty and horror makeup effects and create live sound effects for horror radio performance. 

prior experience

None required.

equipment required

Participants will need to wear or bring clothes that they do not mind getting messy (fake blood, latex etc). If people prefer their own skin cleansers, moisturisers for before and after makeup application. 

this course will be of interest to

This course explores the world of horror and is therefore not suitable for under 18s. It requires a willingness to interact as part of the group, and actively participate.

course dates

This course runs from 10am – 5pm on Saturday the 12th Oct and then Saturday 19th Oct.

course price


course overview

  • Historical context of horror on television and the development of critical and analytical skills with regards to TV horror
  • Practical makeup workshop covering: black eyes; broken nose; cuts and grazes; illness/death/zombie makeup and severe burns
  • Historical context of horror in radio, exploration of sound used in horror and horror used in sound
  • Practical workshop in foley effects


Dr Stella Gaynor and Dr Leslie McMurtry

Dr Stella Gaynor is an associate lecturer at the University of Salford in the Broadcast Media Directorate. Her PhD was focused on horror television in the United States. She has written a chapter for the forthcoming book Global TV Horror, and before academic life she was a special effects makeup artist working in film, television and theatre.

Dr Leslie McMurtry is a lecturer in Radio Studies in the Broadcast Media Directorate at the University of Salford.  Her forthcoming book, Revolution in the Echo Chamber:  Audio Drama’s Past, Present, and Future, is published by Intellect.  She has published on horror and audio drama in Palgrave Communications.

related courses

  • Introduction to acting for adults

If you are interested in this course, but are unable to attend at this time. Please email us at artsmedia@shortcourses.salford.ac.uk


New Adelphi University Rd
Salford M5 4BR