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The narrative of American history can be read as a tale of monsters slain and monsters beloved.

Witches and night creatures that terrified the Puritans. Demonic rites and horrible shapes from beyond the grave that lived in the shadows of Southern plantations. After World War II, visitors from other worlds threatened apocalypse. In the 1980s murderous maniacs hunted Americans on quiet suburban streets and even at summer camp. And today, worse things may be waiting. This is the history of America ….. one fear …. one monster at a time.