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
By W. Scott Poole
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Author Scott Poole talks with Patheos about why Americans should take their monsters more seriously.
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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.
By Scott Poole
Monsters author Scott Poole reponds to our bloggers' questions about the book and our fascination with monsters.
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.
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.
By Greg Garrett
A new book reveals how the monsters of the American imagination are also the monsters of its history.
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.
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.