Publication is timed both for Halloween and seasonal horror coverage, as well as with the 100th Anniversary of the armistice that brought World War I to a close (Nov 11, 1918).
Wasteland tells the story of how the horrors of World War I created a new kind of imaginative literature and film. Told through a series of intimate portraits and dramatic events and set against the backdrop of the tumult of war itself, the book takes the reader from the slaughter at Verdun to the quiet writing table of H.P. Lovecraft, from the fateful, failed and bloody charges on the Somme to the sound lot at Universal Pictures, and from a night of horrific shelling in the Balkans to the design of one of Weimar cinema's greatest masterpieces—and one of today's most recognizable cult films.
For fans of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City or Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919; like those beloved cultural historians, Poole makes connections never before established between historical events and the modern psyche, tracing their influence in the work of some of the most iconic writers, artists, and thinkers of the modern era to this violent and unexplored source.
Belongs equally on the horror fan's bedside table and the military history buff's bookshelf, as well as in the pop culture and 20th century history classroom
Praise from Librarians and Booksellers
“A book I never really thought I would read, as I don't care for horror; I flew through the pages. This is one of the most intriguing histories of war and how its influence has reached into every aspect of our lives to this day. I simply could not put this book down!" —Shannon Alden, Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI)