Hot off the internet presses today is a review of Monsters in America at the site PopMatters. And it’s golden. The reviewer, Catherine Ramsdell, has clearly read each page with a critical eye, as she pull several quotes from the book’s various chapters to get at the very core of Pool’s focus.
Giving Monsters in America an 8 out of 10, Ramsdell concludes,
… it’s hard not to enjoy a history book that juxtaposes a quote from Moby-Dick with dialogue from Hellraiser III and that includes references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s hard to dislike an author who admits:
“At about this point, the Crypt Keeper would unloose a demonical laugh, both at the twisted subject matter the audience was about to read and the twisted nature of the audience who wanted to read it. Vampira would give her adolescent audience a bloodcurdling scream to announce that the grisly fun could begin. I cannot pull off that laugh, and in print no one can hear your scream. So, without further ado, let us bring on the night.”
But most of all, it’s impossible not to respect a history book that clearly seems to be designed to make us rethink and question the past and the way we think about American history.