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Schechter, Harold

Works: 91 works in 344 publications in 3 languages and 16,576 library holdings
Genres: True crime stories  History  Case studies  Biography  Fiction  Biographies  Detective and mystery fiction  Short stories  Historical fiction  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewee, Actor
Classifications: PS3569.C4776, 364.1523092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Harold Schechter
The new gods : psyche and symbol in popular art by Harold Schechter( )

12 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harold Schechter looks at the impossible tales and images of popular art--the space odysseys and extraterrestrial civilizations, the caped crusaders and men of steel, and monsters from the ocean floor--and finds close connections between religious myth and popular entertainment
True crime : an American anthology( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Americans have had an uneasy fascination with crime since the earliest European settlements in the New World, and right from the start true crime became a dominant genre in American writing. True Crime: An American Anthology offers the first comprehensive look at the many ways in which American writers have explored crime in a multitude of aspects: the dark motives that spur it, the shock of its impact on society, the effort to make sense of the violent extremes of human behavior. "The human community," as Harold Schechter notes in his introduction, "finding itself under assault from within, searches desperately for a framework or context to explain the apparently unexplainable.""--Jacket
Nevermore : a novel by Harold Schechter( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Russian and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1830s Baltimore, journalist Edgar Allan Poe and frontiersman Davy Crockett team up to catch a killer who is terrorizing the city
Savage pastimes : a cultural history of violent entertainment by Harold Schechter( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does violence in movies, on television and in comic strips and cartoons rot our children's brains and make zombies-or worse, criminals-of adults at the fringes? In this cogent, well-researched book, American pop-culture expert Harold Schechter argues that exactly the opposite is true: a basic human need is given an outlet through violent images in popular media. Moving from an exploration of early broadsheet engravings showing torture and the atrocities of war, to the depictions of crime in "penny dreadfuls," to scenes of violence in today's movies and video games, Schechter not only traces the history of disturbing images but details the outrage that has inevitably accompanied them. By the twentieth century, the culture vultures were out in full force, demonizing comic books and setting up a pattern of equating testosterone-fueled entertainment with aggression. According to Schechter, nothing could be further from the truth. He also blasts those who bemoan the alleged increased violence in media today, and who conveniently scapegoat popular entertainment for a variety of cultural ills, including increased crime and real-life violence. Though American pop culture is far more technologically sophisticated today, Schechter shows that it is far less brutal than the entertainments of previous generations. Savage Pastimes is a rich, eye-opening brief history that will make you rethink your assumptions about what we watch and how it affects us all. Argues that violence in the media actually serves as a beneficial outlet, presenting corollary challenges to current beliefs about excessive violence in today's media and entertainment to contend that the modern generation's exposure to violence is less than that of historical periods. By the author of The Serial Killer Files
The mad sculptor : the maniac, the model, and the murder that shook the nation by Harold Schechter( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beekman Place, one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, hasn't always been home to the rich. In the 1930s, when bluebloods like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers began to build luxury towers, poor European immigrants lived in filthy slums among the riverside factories and abbatoirs. It was in this setting that a young man committed a grisly triple-murder on Easter Sunday, 1937. The details of the case were so sensational that one might think it had been cooked up in a tabloid editor's overheated imagination. The charismatic perpetrator, Robert Irwin, was a promising young sculptor, but he was also deeply disturbed. An obsession with Veronica Gedeon, a stunning photographer's model, would inspire him to murder. Harold Schechter masterfully tells the story of the "Mad Sculptor" case, one of the most engrossing American crime dramas of the twentieth century--evoking an atmosphere and a madness that will have readers glued to their chairs"--
The Devil's gentleman : privilege, poison, and the trial that ushered in the twentieth century by Harold Schechter( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of scandal, sex, jealousy, and murder in New York high society at the turn of the century profiles the debonair Roland Molineux, one of New York's most eligible bachelors, and possible killer who used poison to eliminate romantic and professional rivals
Depraved : the shocking true story of America's first serial killer by Harold Schechter( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"True account of the life of killer H.H. Holmes," whose real name was Herman Mudgett
Hell's princess : the mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belle Gunness engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908 she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her La Porte, Indiana 'murder farm.' Some were hired hands. Others were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were dug up, they hadn't merely been poisoned... they'd been butchered. Schechter profiles the killing spree of the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard
The whole death catalog : a lively guide to the bitter end by Harold Schechter( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the tradition of the bestselling work "Stiff," a pop culture guru and author of "The Serial Killer Files" offers an all-inclusive, irreverent, and always lively look at the state of death. b & w photos throughout
The bosom serpent : folklore and popular art by Harold Schechter( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In our high-tech, consumerist culture, traditional folklore has found itself revived in an electric mix of popular works from B-movies, TV shows, and superhero comics to pulp novels and supermarket tabloids. With a strong emphasis on narrative and very little reliance on aesthetics, these forms of popular entertainment have often defied analysis. The Bosom Serpent fills this gap by revealing the pervasive similarities between traditional folklore motifs and our contemporary forms of amusement. By examining a variety of works and genres from classic fairy tales to supermarket tabloids, The Bosom Serpent demonstrates that today's popular art is no more (or less) than the sort of unpretentious narrative entertainment human beings have always craved - tall tales dressed up to fit the concerns of the time."--Jacket
Psycho USA : famous American killers you never heard of by Harold Schechter( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shares the stories of lesser-known serial killers including "Mad Sculptor" Robert Irwin, "Tell-Tale Heart Killer" Peter Robinson, and "Man of Two Lives" Edward H. Ruloff, in an text that evaluates their mental statuses and motivations
The A to Z encyclopedia of serial killers by Harold Schechter( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bestselling true-crime writer Harold Schechter, a leading authority on serial killers, and coauthor David Everitt offer a guided tour through the bizarre and blood-chilling world of serial murder. Through hundreds of detailed entries that span the entire spectrum -- the shocking crimes, the infamous perpetrators, and much more -- they examine all angles of a gruesome cultural phenomenon that grips our imagination. From Art (both by and about serial killers) to Zeitgeist (how killers past and present embody their times)...from Groupies (even the most sadistic killer can claim devoted fans) to Marriage (the perfect domestic disguise for demented killers)...from Homebodies (psychos who slay in the comfort of their homes) to Plumbing (how clogged drains have undone the most discreet killer), THE A TO Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SERIAL KILLERS is the ultimate reference for anyone compelled by the personalities and pathologies behind the most disturbing of crimes
The serial killer files : the who, what, where, how, and why of the world's most terrifying murderers by Harold Schechter( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles some of the most notorious, and brutal, serial killers from history, describing their crimes, motivations, methods, and more, and defining different types of deviance and derangement that serial killers suffer from
Fiend : the shocking true story of America's youngest serial killer by Harold Schechter( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was arrested in 1874, a nightmarish reign of terror over an unsuspecting city came to an end. "The Boston Boy Fiend" was imprisoned at last. But the complex questions sparked by his ghastly crime spree-the hows and whys of vicious juvenile crime-were as relevant in the so-called Age of Innocence as they are today. Jesse Pomeroy was outwardly repellent in appearance, with a gruesome "dead" eye; inside, he was deformed beyond imagining. A sexual sadist of disturbing precocity, he satisfied his atrocious appetites by abducting and torturing his child victims. But soon, the teenager's bloodlust gave way to another obsession: murder
Deviant : the shocking true story of the original "psycho" by Harold Schechter( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The murder case that inspired two films: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Killer Colt : murder, disgrace, and the making of an American legend by Harold Schechter( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In September 1841, a grisly discovery is made aboard a merchant ship docked in lower Manhattan: Deep in the cargo hold, bound with rope and covered with savage head wounds, lies a man's naked corpse. While a murderer has taken pains to conceal his victim's identity, it takes little time to determine that the dead man is Samuel Adams, proprietor of a local printing firm. And in less time still, witnesses and a bloody trail of clues lead investigators to the doorstep of the enigmatic John Colt. The scion of a prosperous Connecticut family, Colt has defied his parents' efforts to mold him into a gentleman--preferring to flout authority and pursue excitement. Ironically, it is the ordered science of accountancy that for a time lends him respectability. But now John Colt's ghastly crime and the subsequent sensational murder trial bring infamy to his surname--even after it becomes synonymous with his visionary younger brother's groundbreaking invention. The embodiment of American success, Sam Colt has risen from poor huckster to industrious inventor. His greatest achievement, the revolver, will bring him untold millions even as it transforms the American West. In John's hour of need, Sam rushes to his brother's side--perhaps because of the secret they share. In Gilded Age New York, a city awash with treacherous schemers, lurid dime-museum curiosities, and the tawdry excesses of penny-press journalism, the Colt-Adams affair inspires tabloid headlines of startling and gruesome hyperbole, which in turn drive legions of thrill-seekers to John Colt's trial. The dramatic legal proceedings will fire the imagination of pioneering crime writer Edgar Allan Poe and fuel the righteous outrage of journalist Walt Whitman"--Jacket
H.H. Holmes : America's first serial killer by John Borowski( Visual )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story behind America's first serial killer who terrorized Chicago during the turn-of-the-century World's Fair. Chronicles his grisly life from childhood, to the cross-country man hunt to find him, and finally to his incarceration and execution
The hum bug : a novel by Harold Schechter( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A young beauty with a shadowy past has been savagely murdered. Her hideous wounds mirror a gruesome tableau in Barnum's wax exhibit dwon to the flawless rose between her lips causing authorities to pinder Barnum's own responsibility. He has no recourse other than to solve the crime himself with the aid of the master of morbid, criminal motivation. Having already achieved a reputation for deductive brilliance by solving Baltimore's notorious "Nevermore Murders," Poe accepts Barnum's challenge."--Jacket
The mask of red death : an Edgar Allan Poe mystery by Harold Schechter( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Russian and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of two brutal murders in mid-nineteenth-century Manhattan, a human attraction at P.T. Barnum's American Museum is accused, and writer Edgar Allan Poe, believing in the man's innocence, deduces that an increasingly dangerous killer is responsible
Deranged : the shocking true story of America's most fiendish killer by Harold Schechter( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In May 1928, a kindly old man came to the door of the Budd family home in New York City. A few days later he persuaded Mr. and Mrs. Budd to let him take their adorable little girl, Grace, on an outing. Albert Fish appeared to be a harmless, white-haired grandfather. The Budds never guessed that they had entrusted their child to a monster
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True crime : an American anthology
True crime : an American anthologyNevermore : a novelSavage pastimes : a cultural history of violent entertainmentThe Devil's gentleman : privilege, poison, and the trial that ushered in the twentieth centuryDepraved : the shocking true story of America's first serial killerThe whole death catalog : a lively guide to the bitter endThe bosom serpent : folklore and popular artThe A to Z encyclopedia of serial killers
Alternative Names

controlled identityHarrald, Jon A.

Chester, H. C. 1948-

Harold Schechter American writer

Harold Schechter Amerikaans schrijver

Harold Schechter écrivain américain

Harold Schechter escriptor estatunidenc

Harold Schechter escritor estadounidense

Harold Schechter scrittore e accademico statunitense

Шехтер Гарольд

Шехтер Х. 1948-

셰터, 해럴드

셰터, 헤롤드

シェクター, ハロルド


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French (1)