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Author: W. Scott Poole Narrator: Andrew Eiden Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9781982558147
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Historian and Bram Stoker Award nominee W. Scott Poole traces the confluence of history, technology, and art that gave us modern horror films and literature.

In the early twentieth century, World War I was the most devastating event humanity had yet experienced. New machines of war left tens of millions killed or wounded in the most grotesque of ways. The Great War remade the world’s map, created new global powers, and brought forth some of the biggest problems still facing us today. But it also birthed a new art form: the horror film, made from the fears of a generation ruined by war.

From Nosferatu to Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolf Man, from Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau, and Albin Grau to Tod Browning and James Whale, the touchstones of horror can all trace their roots to the bloodshed of the First World War. Historian W. Scott Poole chronicles these major figures and the many movements they influenced. Wasteland reveals how bloody battlefields, the fear of the corpse, and a growing darkness made their way into the deepest corners of our psyche.

On the one-hundredth anniversary of the signing of the armistice that brought World War I to a close, W. Scott Poole takes us behind the front lines of battle to a no-man’s-land where the legacy of the War to End All Wars lives on.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Poole brings a scholar’s eye and a devotee’s heart to a study of the literary, film, and artistic incarnations of horror from the World War I period to today.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[A] thoroughly engrossing cultural study…His extensive and well-supported citations will make it hard for readers who haven’t considered the wartime context for horror’s emergence to forget it.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Elegantly written and cogently argued, Wasteland convincingly demonstrates the modern horror genre’s origins in the great Dance of Death that was the First World War.”

    David J. Skal, author of The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror

  • “W. Scott Poole combines smart readings of the horror classics with detailed knowledge of twentieth-century history, art, and literature to dig deep into the serious side of these popular entertainments. I thought I already knew the subject inside out, but Wasteland introduced me to fresh facts, new ideas, and surprising connections. This is cultural history of a very high order: intelligent, lively, and wonderfully readable.”

    Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters

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About the Author

W. Scott Poole, who teaches at the College of Charleston, has written widely about American history and pop culture. His books include Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror, Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror, and the award-winning history Monsters in America, which received the John G. Cawelti Prize from the Popular Culture Association. He is a regular contributor to Popmatters, and his work has appeared in the Huffington Post.

About the Narrator

Andrew Eiden, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actor and voice artist. He has been acting since the age of four, working at regional theaters including La Mirada Theatre, the Glendale Center Theatre, and the Pasadena Playhouse. He has starred in dozens of national commercials, guest-spotted on numerous television shows, and has been a series regular on three programs: Discovery Channel’s Outward Bound, Disney Channel’s Movie Surfers, and most notably ABC’s Complete Savages