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Monsters in America

Monsters in America

Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting

by W. Scott Poole

The History of America—one Fear, one Monster at a Time

"An unexpected guilty pleasure! Scott Poole invites us into an important and enlightening, if disturbing, conversation about the very real monsters that inhabit the dark spaces of America's past."

—J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion

About Monsters in America

About Monsters in America

By W. Scott Poole

Read more about the new book Monsters in America, and what others are saying about it.

About Scott Poole

About Scott Poole

By Baylor Press

Read more about the author of the new book about our culture's historical obsession with the hideous and the haunting.

Monsters in America Website

Monsters in America Website

 

Visit the book website for more resources, including study guides and author interviews.

America and Its Monsters: A Q and A with Scott Poole

America and Its Monsters: A Q and A with Scott Poole

By Patheos Editors

Author Scott Poole talks with Patheos about why Americans should take their monsters more seriously.

Author Events

Author Events

 

Meet Scott Poole, author of the new book Monsters in America, at one of these upcoming events.

The Darkness on the Edge of Town

The Darkness on the Edge of Town

By W. Scott Poole

Monsters are powerful social constructions that exist at the heart of American class conflict, religious controversy, gender anxieties and imperial ambitions.

Monsters Blog

Monsters Blog

By W. Scott Poole

Follow Scott Poole's 'horror nerd' musings on his Monsters in American blog.

Monsters Book Excerpt

Monsters Book Excerpt

By W. Scott Poole

A Little History of Horror:  Read the Introduction from the new book Monsters in America

Book Club Roundtable

Scott Poole Responds ....

Scott Poole Responds ....

By Scott Poole

Monsters author Scott Poole reponds to our bloggers' questions about the book and our fascination with monsters.

In American History, the Monsters are Real

In American History, the Monsters are Real

By Fred Clark

Poole's tour of horror's greatest hits is filled with lively wit and playful insights along with the grimmer realities it forces readers to confront.

Twilight Vs. True Blood

Twilight Vs. True Blood

By Craig Detweiler

The romantic idealism of Twilight may sell more units, but Poole suggests that the most unruly and subversive monsters always win in the end.

America is Scared of Itself

America is Scared of Itself

By Greg Garrett

A new book reveals how the monsters of the American imagination are also the monsters of its history.

Our Monsters, Ourselves

Our Monsters, Ourselves

By Brent Rodriguez Plate

Our personal monsters begin to look a lot like the collective monsters envisioned on our national page and screen over the past centuries.

A Horrific Past

A Horrific Past

By J. Ryan Parker

At the end of the day (or at least the end of his book), it's difficult not to see that the monster is, more often than not, us.

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