Vampires in America

Jul 2, 2012

The movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was recently released in theaters. It's an inventive take on the vampire mythos -- and on American history. Historian Scott Poole isn't crying foul, though. In the film, and the book it's based on, he sees a creative take on the horrors of history, as well as its mutability. He joins guest host Matthew LaPlante on Monday to explore America’s obsession with vampires, when they entered the national psyche and how we continually reinvent them in our own image.


W. Scott Poole is an associate professor of history at the College of Charleston. He's the author of six books, most recently Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting. For more information about the book, visit