We programme a broad range of horror theatre, comedy, magic, and performance art, from psychological spine-chillers to all-out splatter, improvised ghost stories to grotesque stand-up and séance magic to body horror, and almost anything else imaginable. Our purpose is to foster new talent as well as nurturing the already burgeoning live horror scene within the UK.

Due to the current pandemic we must await further information before we can confirm dates and open applications for the 2020 festival, as theatres face unprecedented uncertainty in regards to when they can re-open their doors.

We hope to open the London Horror Festival 2020 (our TENTH edition!) submission window in June, so we recommend checking back on this page then.


Please do keep an eye on our social media channels for announcements.

In the meantime, stay safe folks!

Blackshaw Theatre (Scare Slam 2019):

We are so pleased to have made a home for the 'Scare Slam' at the London Horror Festival.  The festival team are fantastically organised, responsive and friendly, and seriously know their stuff in terms of horror, theatre, and promotion.  It's been great working with other horror fans, and creating a network of like-minded artists by taking part in the festival.   


The Off-Off-Off-Broadway Company (Mr Fox):

LHF remains one of our absolute favourite festivals. Not only is it the one-stop shop for lovers of dark tales, but Katy Danbury ensures it all runs as smoothly as possible, and there's always such a strong spirit of camaraderie. May it be undead forever!  


Fantastic Garlands (Mother Must Die?!):

We had great fun being part of the London Horror Festival this year, and felt very supported by Katy and the Pleasance.  From start to finish we had all the information and support we needed, and we would really love to be a part of the festival again.  In fact, our only regret is that we didn't get to see more of the excellent and varied programme that was on!  


PopHorror (He's Behind You! - The Slasher Panto):

PopHorror loves taking part in the London Horror Festival because it promotes such a diverse range of artists, performance styles and shows, all united by a gleeful love of horror. The LHF team are accessible and supportive, and really care about curating what is now a landmark festival of live arts.   


Megan From HR (Children of the QuornTM):

we have only positive things to say - the whole team was a delight to work with, was super helpful when we needed you, and everything ran like a well-oiled machine from where we were standing! Thank you so much for letting us get involved and for all your hard work putting it on  


The Electric Head (Go To Hell!):

We were thrilled to perform at the Pleasance theatre as part of LHF 2019. The organisers and staff could not have been more helpful and supported us every step of the way. Everything was incredibly easy and all our questions were answered.

We hope to come back to the Pleasance as soon as possible as we were made to feel very welcome there.


Grand Guignol de Milan (Italian Horror Stories):

London Horror Festival is more than a simple “horror fringe festival", is a real meeting point of all the expressions that this genre can find on the stage with young companies and international calibre actors playing together to celebrate this culture.

It’s a great possibly to experiment and to see new ways of working in a field (the horror theatre) that is more alive than ever, and London is the perfect city for it. After two editions of the festival we’re just waiting to apply to the next one.


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