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Schechter, Harold

Overview
Works: 68 works in 248 publications in 4 languages and 16,316 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Case studies  True crime stories  Biography  Encyclopedias  Documentary films  Biographical films  Trials, litigation, etc  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3569.C4776, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Harold Schechter
True crime : an American anthology( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,084 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.""--Book jacket
Nevermore : a novel by Harold Schechter( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and Russian and held by 1,025 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. By the author of Depraved: The Shocking Story of America's First Serial Killer
Savage pastimes : a cultural history of violent entertainment by Harold Schechter( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 872 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
Depraved : the shocking true story of America's first serial killer by Harold Schechter( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"True account of the life of killer H.H. Holmes," whose real name was Herman Mudgett
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 739 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 )

5 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
The whole death catalog : a lively guide to the bitter end by Harold Schechter( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 700 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
Deviant : the shocking true story of the original "psycho" by Harold Schechter( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The murder case that inspired two films: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The bosom serpent : folklore and popular art by Harold Schechter( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and Japanese and held by 604 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
Fiend : the shocking true story of America's youngest serial killer by Harold Schechter( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 553 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
Psycho USA : famous American killers you never heard of by Harold Schechter( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 546 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 serial killer files : the who, what, where, how, and why of the world's most terrifying murderers by Harold Schechter( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 521 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
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 503 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
The A-Z encyclopedia of serial killers by Harold Schechter( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide information about a variety of topics related to serial murderers
The hum bug : a novel by Harold Schechter( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 474 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
H.H. Holmes America's first serial killer by John Borowski( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 449 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 mask of red death : an Edgar Allan Poe mystery by Harold Schechter( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Russian and held by 412 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
The tell-tale corpse : an Edgar Allan Poe mystery by Harold Schechter( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heading to Massachusetts in search of a cure for his ailing wife, Edgar Allan Poe becomes embroiled in an investigation into a series of brutal murders, joining forces with Louisa May Alcott to bring together the clues in seemingly unrelated cases
Deranged : the shocking true story of America's most fiendish killer by Harold Schechter( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and French and held by 301 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
The new gods : psyche and symbol in popular art by Harold Schechter( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 260 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
 
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True crime : an American anthology
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controlled identityHarrald, Jon A.

Harold Schechter American writer

Harold Schechter Amerikaans schrijver

Шехтер, Гарольд

シェクター, ハロルド

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Nevermore : a novelSavage pastimes : a cultural history of violent entertainmentDepraved : the shocking true story of America's first serial killerThe Devil's gentleman : privilege, poison, and the trial that ushered in the twentieth centuryThe whole death catalog : a lively guide to the bitter endDeviant : the shocking true story of the original "psycho"The bosom serpent : folklore and popular artFiend : the shocking true story of America's youngest serial killer