College of Charleston Associate Professor Scott Poole’s 2011 book Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting was just named “The Best of the Best from University Presses: Books You Should Know About.” It is one of 14 books identified by the Association of American University Presses and will be featured at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. Additionally, it will be included in the upcoming University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 22nd Edition.
The history professor’s sixth manuscript is an American horror historical study that explores America’s fascination with monsters. The book examines how these narratives have intersected with topics in American history ranging from race to gender and sexuality. Poole has blended distinctive newspaper accounts, archival materials, personal papers, comic books, films and oral histories together to create this engrossing narrative.
“Monsters are not just fears of the individual psyche,” Scott Poole explains, “But are concoctions of the pubic imagination—reactions to cultural influences, social change, and historical events.”