Statistics showed one hundred million Americans were reading the newspaper comic section every day in the 1950s, making them the most dominant art form at the time.
Movies only managed an audience of some ninety million a week – less than one-sixth that of comics.
The subsequent Senate Hearings into juvenile delinquency would not only change the comic industry forever, it inspired an age of true horror across the globe, allowing government sanctioned witch hunts to destroy the lives of everyday people looking for hidden perils in a seemingly dangerous world.
With a cast that includes Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Joseph McCarthy, America’s first serial killer, Albert Fish, Stan ‘The Man’ Lee and many others, ‘Horror: The First Time America’s Paranoia infected The World’ is a tale based on the true stories of those affected by these strange times.
About The Author
Born in 1969, Phil likes to point out he was one of the last children born before man walked on the moon.
Working at Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum since 2000 and as an educator at the Australian War Memorial since 2006, he has previously worked at Questacon Science centre and could be seen haunting the halls and specimen rooms of London’s Natural History Museum and The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Here he even played famed palaeontologist O. C. Marsh during the Smithsonian’s centenary celebrations, and when asked why the 19th century palaeontologist was speaking with an Australian accent, happily pointed out that everyone on the 19th century spoke with an Australian accent.
Published in newspapers and magazines across the globe, since 2007 Phil has been the paleo-author for the world’s longest running dinosaur magazine, The Prehistoric Times. He has also been a comic shop manager, a cinema projectionist, a theatre technician and gutted chickens for a deli.
All of these influences seem to make an appearance in his writing, especially the chicken guts bit.