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Poole, W Scott

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1971-    ) US academic and author whose studies in horror (see Horror in SF) include Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror (2014), a study of the actor Vampira (real name Maila Nurmi), most famous in an sf context for her appearance in Edward D Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959); In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H P Lovecraft (2016); and Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror (2016), in which he argues that the conventions and Icons of traditional horror fed the imaginations of those who experienced the genocidal trauma of World War One, the visceral obscenities of the conflict inspiring new and transmogrifying uses of that traditional iconography. Here and in his earlier work, Poole is clear-headed and articulate, though his conspicuous attempt to appeal to a popular audience causes some repetition and overconfident generalization. [JC]

W Scott Poole

born 1971

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