Scott Poole will be at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Thursday, October 30 (Yes, Devil’s Night!) at 6:00 PM to give a Humanities Institute Lecture entitled, “The Old Dark House: The Return of the Gothic from Vampira to Slender Man.” Hear about how the horror that fills our TV screens, theatres and most popular books and novels has its roots in the 1950s and a set of profound changes in American popular culture.
Scott did a reading from Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror at one of his favorite bookstores, Malaprops in Asheville, NC. Here is a link to Stuff Monsters Like that talks a bit about the evening.
The site is back with lots of information about Scott Poole’s new book Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror. Look for new blog posts, links to articles and reviews and all the monster lore you need for Halloween 2014 and beyond.
The Conjuring has become the surprise horror hit of the summer. Is it a film with a message? The author of Monsters in America believes it is…in part because its creators say so! Click on this link to read Scott Poole’s recent essay in HuffPo
The author of Monsters in America will be featured prominently in a forthcoming film entitled “Satan: The Documentary.”
Banger Films, best known for their Grammy and Juno award winning films Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Iron Maiden: Flight 666, began working on the film in 2011. Monsters in America author Scott Poole became involved in the project through Lissa Ladouceur, author of Encyclopedia Gothica. Elaine Pagels, Princeton religious historian and author of The Origin of Satan, also makes an on-camera appearance.
In the spring of 2012, Scott filmed a few hours of footage with Banger in Princeton, NJ and NYC. This summer he will do a second series of on-camera interviews for the film in Toronto.
Satan: The Documentary will be on the film festival circuit in the U.S. and Canada in 2014. Follow this link for more.
Back in October, the author of Monsters in America took part in a “Zombie Ethics” symposium at the Emory Center for Ethics in Atlanta. A new story about this conference and the nature of the discussion appears here. You can read Scott’s comments on zombies, religion and the possibilities of nihilistic atheism here. Scott spoke on “Zombies and Other Bodies in Post-Christian America.”
Charleston City Paper recently put out a special apocalypse issue to prepare us for the end of the world on December 21. One of the articles featured the author of Monsters in America, described as the paper’s “go-to guy for weird shit.” Here’s a link to the article in which Scott Poole suggests that maybe our apocalyptic fascinations are not about the end of history but about the meaning of ethics in the modern world.
On Halloween, Scott Poole, the author of Monsters in America, spoke at the “Zombiethics” symposium at Emory University.
Poole’s talk, “Ain’t No Grave” Zombies and Other Bodies in Post-Christian America appeared on the religion panel, along with John W. Morehead of Theofantastique and John Dunne, Professor of Religion at Emory.
Emory’s zombie day drew a large crowd with a waiting list for registrants.
Have a listen to the author of Monsters in America recent interview with NPR’s RadioWest. What’s the history of the Vampire on film? What’s the relationship between our obsession with zombies and vampires and the terrors of American history? Is the plastic surgery revolution and AIDS the cultural context of our fascination with undead bodies? All this is more in this detailed conversation. There’s even a little something for you Twilight haters.
The author of Monsters in America recently wrote a piece for Huffington Post on the book and film Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Go here to learn why historians need not fear novels and films like this…and why they should assign this book in class.
Scott will be talking more about vampire hunting presidents and all things monstrous on RadioWest on Monday July 2 at 11:00 Pacific time. You can catch the show on Salt Lake City NPR or on Sirius XM.