Wasteland

The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror
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Product Number: DD40334
Released: Oct 16, 2018
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ISBN: #9781982558123
Narrator/s: Andrew Eiden
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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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Author(s): W. Scott Poole
Narrator(s): Andrew Eiden
Product Number Z100140619
Released: Oct 16, 2018
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ISBN: #9781982558161

Professional reviews

"Andrew Eiden deftly delivers the author's examination of a popular literary genre through the lens of history. Through books, movies, and more, noted historian Poole traces the roots of modern horror to a singular event that shaped the world forever: WWI. His thesis is that the barbarism of war never fades. With his earnest intensity, Eiden sounds like an energetic history professor who knows he's appreciated by his audience. While the descriptions of war can be horrifying indeed, both author and narrator weave an engaging and insightful listen that captures the reality of battle with a sensitive and respectful touch. J.M.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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