The Great War And Modern Horror

Oct 31, 2018

Historian Scott Poole says our modern fascination with horror came from the atrocities of World War I. Wednesday, we're talking about how the Great War is still felt in art and popular culture today.

There have always been scary stories, but historian Scott Poole says our modern fascination with mutilation, the living dead, and apocalyptic horror came from World War I. 38 million people died and 17 million were mutilated by the new war machine. Poole says artists, filmmakers and writers used these images to fuel their horror stories. Wednesday, he joins us to talk about how the Great War worked its way into our psyches, and how its influence is still felt in art and popular culture today.

W. Scott Poole is a professor of history at the College of Charleston. His new book is called Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]