The lesson plan for the WKNO horror movie series, Professor Ghoul's Horror School, is set for Friday nights at 10:00 PM. Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student, Shotzi the cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole), have returned and here is the lineup!

October 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School

Student Patrick Looney discovers his guardian angel is a whiz with commercial jingles, while presenting the 1940 Bela Lugosi flick “The Devil Bat”.

The Devil Bat (1940): A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it. (from

October 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School

T.J. and the students use shady tactics to try and throw a surprise party at the school, while introducing the 1963 feature “The Ghost”.
Guest Stars: April Novak, Vincent Astor, & Many More

The Ghost (1963): A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them. (from

October 16, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School

The Professor takes a stab at answering letters for Aunt Agona’s advice for the lovelorn, including one about home decor from the heroine of “The Screaming Skull” (1958).
Guest Stars: Stephanie Norwood

The Screaming Skull (1958): A newly married couple arrives at the home of the husband's late wife, where the gardens have been maintained by a gardener faithful to the dead woman's memory. Soon, eerie events lead the new wife to think she's losing her mind. (from

October 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School
Lost Lessons – Volume 1

Would Professor Ghoul be just as hilariously entertaining without a movie? Sure we’ve all wondered... and tonight we’ll find out. This special hour-long presentation compiles two of the “lost episodes” of Professor Ghoul’s Horror School, featuring guest stars Christopher Rex, Nolan Smith, Tony Isbell and Andy Fleming, with Edena Hines as Miss Karen and Justin Willingham as “The Phantom of Overlook.”

October 30, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School
Lost Lessons – Volume 2 and 3

Who needs old movies when local TV is as scary as this? The Professor and Shotzi have put together a set of "lost lessons" for their ravenous fans, culminating in a magical musical jaunt to 19th century London. Co-starring Alan Long & Brandon Cunningham as dopey students Doug and Buddy Lee, with Special Guest Star Edena Hines as Miss Karen. Also starring Brian McMurry, Elaine Blanchard, Sally Stover, and Savannah Bearden.

Host, Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student, Shotzi the cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole), introduce viewers to classic – and not-so-classic – horror fare in Professor Ghoul’s Horror School.
Production Specialist Bard Cole (Shotzi) has been on staff at WKNO since 2006.  He is a graduate of the University of Alabama's MFA in Creative Writing Program and the author of two books of fiction. In addition to bringing Shotzi to life (he also designed and created the puppet), Bard serves as co-producer and co-writer for the series.
“I wanted to make something that was fun and silly but was aimed at an intelligent audience — people who really enjoy movies and like thinking about them,” said Cole. “I’ve been a public television watcher since I was a little kid, and I learned a lot about American popular culture by watching TV. Why shouldn’t young people today learn about Roger Corman or Ed Wood or Vincent Price by watching WKNO?”
Michael Degnan (Professor Ghoul) is a longtime fixture of the Memphis Comedy scene and a veteran of Memphis television. He has been a student ambassador, a five-time finalist in the Funniest Person in Memphis Contest, and is currently a member of The Wiseguys Improv Comedy Troupe.
“WKNO and PBS in general are the stewards of cultural history on television, and I strongly believe that the horror film and the horror host as a format have been an important part of our cultural identity as Americans,” said Degnan. “WKNO is also a natural fit for a show that is seeking to educate as well as entertain its audience. This is a project which has generated a lot of excitement from WKNO staff and their support lets me know that this is the perfect (or as Shotzi may say – ‘Purrrfect’) place for this show.”
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School is produced and written by Bard Cole and Michael Degnan and directed by Peter Richards. Russ Abernathy is the Executive Producer. The series airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m. on WKNO.

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