W. Scott Poole
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W. Scott Poole is a writer and an associate professor of history at the College of Charleston. He's the author of Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), a book about the life and strange times of America's first horror host. He is also the author of the award-winning Monsters in America (2011). Follow him on twitter @monstersamerica.

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Place as Burden: Please Do Not Vacation in Charleston, South Carolina | 10 Oct 2004 // 8:00 PM

In contemporary South Carolina, people seem willing and eager to evoke, rather than to exorcize, the ghosts of the past. Yet if you mention its uglier aspects, you will be told, perhaps by someone dressed in a hoop-skirt and getting ready to lead a tour of a 'two hundred yar old plantation', to 'stop living in the past'.


Archie Bunker and America's Argument Around the Dinner Table | 1 Nov 2012 // 6:20 PM

With All In the Family, Norman Lear created a rich stew of social commentary on working class life in Queens, placing the political right in the center of the domestic, where it's always been.

Chuck Eddy Will Piss You Off with 'Rock and Roll Always Forgets' | 29 Sep 2011 // 5:00 PM

Buy this infuriating and brilliant book. But get it in softcover. You'll be throwing it against your wall.


The Witchcraft of History in 'Babyaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris ' | 28 Oct 2014 // 1:59 AM

Like Neil Gaiman, China Miéville and Catherynne M. Valente, Toby Barlow takes an historic urban space and transforms it into a place to ask questions that haunt us.

'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Remains the Ultimate Revisionist Western 40 Years Later | 29 Sep 2014 // 9:10 PM

It opens with images of mortality and ends with a monster’s operatic dance with a chain saw under a deathly, brooding Texas sun—it’s about America, man.


Adult Swim in a Box | 11 Dec 2009 // 6:00 AM

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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

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"McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.

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