The first talk by Russell Kirk biographer, James Person, tells of horror, terror and the frightful kidnapping of Russell Kirk’s wife.

Harry Veryser, who was Russell Kirk’s ‘roommate’ when Kirk taught at Hillsdale College, tells of the ghosts, séances, exorcisms, and fiery deaths on Piety Hill, the ancestral home of Russell Kirk.

In the keynote address, Ignatius Press author Roger Thomas, drawing heavily from C.S. Lewis’s terrifying novel That Hideous Strength, examines the place of fear in literature and in the defense of the Permanent Things.  He also reads his soon-to-be-released eerie short story, ‘The Narrowing’.

The Dead Philosophers Society is a group of Kirk fans that has recently formed in Michigan that provides a forum for imaginatively conservative speakers.

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