W. Scott Poole
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Scott Poole is the author of seven books. His most recent is Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror, an unconventional historical biography that examines the life of dancer, actress and artist Maila Nurmi who would reinvent herself as the horror host Vampira against the backdrop of the calls for conformity of the American 1950s.
In 2011, he published Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting. The book analyzes American horror narratives in folk belief, religion, and popular culture from the colonial era to the present. It examines how these narratives have intersected with topics in American history ranging from race to gender and sexuality.
EducationPh.D. University of Mississippi.
M.T.S. Harvard University
American pop and folk culture.
Monsters in America
Horror:Narratives of Fear and Violence in American History
Radical Pop: Dissent and Politics in 20th Century Popular Culture
Survey courses (100-level) on the history of the Devil and Modernity
Honors and Awards
Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting has been selected for the 2012 John W. Cawelti Award for the Best Textbook/Primer in popular and American Culture published in 2011.
Never Surrender: Confederate Memory and Conservatism in the South Carolina Upcountry won the George C. Rogers Award for Best Book in South Carolina History, 2004.
Teaching American History Grant
The 2010 Historical Inguiry Project with Horry County Social Studies Teachers.
Focus on Faculty
"The Confederate "Lost Cause" is Not Lost to Historian"
S.C. Book Festival 2009
Jack Bass and Scott Poole note the release of their publication The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina.
Scott Poole's seventh publication, Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror.
His sixth manuscript entitled Monsters in America:Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting was published on October 15, 2011 from Baylor University Press.
He is author of Satan in America: The Devil We Know, Rowman & Littlefield Publisher in 2009, and The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina, USC Press in 2009.
He has written several previous books including a study of the Lost Cause Movement entitled Never Surrender: Confederate Memory and Conservatism in the South Carolina Upcountry, UGA Press 2004. Never Surrender won the George C. Rogers Award for Best Book in South Carolina History, 2004.
Poole is also the author of South Carolina's Civil War, Mercer, 2005 and the co-editor of a collection of essays with Edward J. Blum entitled Vale of Tears: New Essays in Religion and Reconstruction, Mercer 2005.