Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror

Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror

by W. Scott Poole

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Overview

Historian and Bram Stoker Award Nominee W. Scott Poole traces the confluence of military history, technology, and art that gave us modern horror films and literature.

From Nosferatu to Frankenstein’s monster, from Fritz Lang to James Whale, the touchstones of horror can all trace their roots to the bloodshed of the First World War. Bram Stoker Award nominee W. Scott Poole traces the confluence of military history, technology, and art in the wake of World War I to show how overwhelming carnage gave birth to a wholly new art form: modern horror films and literature.


"Thoroughly engrossing cultural study . . . Poole persuasively argues that the birth of horror as a genre is rooted in the unprecedented destruction and carnage of WWI." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092662
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 725,075
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

W. SCOTT POOLE is a professor of history at the College of Charleston who teaches and writes about horror and popular culture. His past books include the award-winning Monsters in America and the biography Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror. He is a Bram Stoker Award nominee for his critically acclaimed biography of H. P. Lovecraft, In the Mountains of Madness.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: "Symphony of Horror"

Chapter 2: The Art of Nightmare

Chapter 3: Waxworks

Chapter 4: "An Evil Smoke": Horror and Fascism

Chapter 5: Universal Horrors

Conclusion: Mother of a Thousand Terrors: Horror and the Legacy of War

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Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
El_Limpiador 5 months ago
The title promised a book about how Horror ( as a literary and film genre, I assumed) was influenced by World War I. And the author does deliver that sometimes. But, he really wanted to write about how much he doesn’t like the Far-Right, and goes on tangents about anti-right subjects and not the main topic, I perceived. I like the information in the book - and learned a great deal from it - but next time separate your political bias into its own book.