October 24, 2018 7:30 pm
In conversation with Christopher Baum
Award-winning author of Monsters in America, Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror, and In the Mountains of Madness, (which he launched at Greenlight at Halloween in 2016), historian W. Scott Poole returns with his latest book, The Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror. Positing that the roots of modern horror are found in the First World War, Poole chronicles the era’s major figures and their influences — Freud, T.S. Eliot, H.P. Lovecraft, Wilfred Owen and Peter Lorre, David Cronenberg and Freddy Krueger — as well as cult favorites and the collective unconscious. Wasteland is a surprising — but wholly convincing — perspective on horror that also speaks to the audience for history, film, and popular culture. Poole discusses his work with Christopher Baum, professor of anthropology at New York University.
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