Author W. Scott Poole has made a career out of examining monsters and the supernatural. Through a variety of texts including such titles as Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and Haunting and Satan in America: The Devil We Know. Along with these cultural examinations of all “things that go bump in the night”, Poole recently turned his attention to genre figures that have influenced horror films and culture with Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror.
After analyzing Vampira’s (Maila Nurmi) influence and contributions to the genre and the wider cultural implications of her career, Poole decided to tackle the father of Cthulhu himself, H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft is a name synonymous with horror fiction and culture. His body of work has influenced generations of writers, musicians, film makers, and artists. Over the past 30 years, perhaps no author has influenced the genre more, especially in the 21st century.