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On monsters : an unnatural history of our worst fears / by Asma, Stephen T.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-333) and index.Extraordinary beings -- Ancient monsters. Alexander fights monsters in India ; Monsters are nature's playthings ; Hermaphrodites and man-headed oxen ; Monstrous desire -- Medieval monsters : messages from God. Biblical monsters ; Do monsters have souls? ; The monster killer ; Possessing demons and witches -- Scientific monsters : the book of nature is riddled with typos. Natural history, freaks, and nondescripts ; The medicalization of monsters ; Darwin's mutants -- Inner monsters : the psychological aspects. The art of human vulnerability : angst and horror ; Criminal monsters : psychopathology, aggression, and the malignant heart ; Torturers, terrorists, and zombies : the products of monstrous societies ; Future monsters : robots, mutants, and posthuman cyborgs."Monsters. Real or imagined, literal or metaphorical, they have exerted a dread fascination on the human mind for many centuries. They attract and repel us, intrigue and terrify us, and in the process reveal something deeply important about the darker recesses of our collective psyche. Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters--how they have evolved over time, what functions they have served for us, and what shapes they are likely to take in the future. Asma begins with a letter from Alexander the Great in 326 B.C. detailing an encounter in India with an "enormous beast--larger than an elephant with three ominous horns on its forehead." From there the monsters come fast and furious--Behemoth and Leviathan, Gog and Magog, the leopard-bear-lion beast of Revelation, Satan and his demons, Grendel and Frankenstein, circus freaks and headless children, right up to the serial killers and terrorists of today and the post-human cyborgs of tomorrow. Monsters embody our deepest anxieties and vulnerabilities, Asma argues, but they also symbolize the mysterious and incoherent territory just beyond the safe enclosures of rational thought. Exploring philosophical treatises, theological tracts, newspapers, pamphlets, films, scientific notebooks, and novels, Asma unpacks traditional monster stories for the clues they offer about the inner logic of an era's fears and fascinations. In doing so, he illuminates the many ways monsters have become repositories for those human qualities that must be repudiated, externalized, and defeated. Asma suggests that how we handle monsters reflects how we handle uncertainty, ambiguity, insecurity. And in a world that is daily becoming less secure and more ambiguous, he shows how we might learn to better live with monsters--and thereby avoid becoming one." -- from publisher's website.
Subjects: Monsters.; Monsters.;
© 2009., Oxford University Press,
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The science of monsters / by Scientific American, inc.,editor.;
Includes bibliographical references (page 157) and index.The zombies in our midst -- Born to the purple: The story of Porphyria -- Mummy DNA reveals virth of ancient scourge -- In a first, physicists glimpse a quantum ghost -- Scientific American vs. the supernatural -- Should scientists take UFOs and ghosts more seriously? -- If Bigfoot were real -- Ghost lusters: If you want to see a specter badly enough, will you? -- Ghost stories: Visits from the deceased -- How chasing Bigfoot can lead to actual science -- Here be dragons -- The American fascination with zombies -- Why we are so intrigued by zombies -- Zombie fever: A mathematician studies a pop culture epidemic -- How would immortality affect a vampire's memory? -- Bigfoot anatomy -- A true and complete account of the neuroscience of zombies -- Can you escape zombies if you smell like death? -- Avoiding zombie attacks with social psychology -- Bugs in the brain -- Protozoa could be controlling your brain -- Plagued by a parasite -- Microbes on your mind -- Your know those parasites that control our brains? -- Blood ties: Vampire bats build trust to become food-sharing pals -- Pharaohs got yummy mummy meals -- Your average, everyday zombie -- Zombie creatures: What happens when animals are possessed by a parasitic puppet master? -- How this zombie fungus turns cicdas into horror-movie sex bots -- Zombie cicadas' bodies are literally falling apart -- Undead-end: Fungus that controls zombie-ants has own fungal stalker -- Zombie insects: A Q&A about a sinister virus -- Attack of the zombie maker."Zombies seem to be taking over pop culture in recent years. Readers are likely familiar with popular shows such as the Walking Dead and movies like Zombieland. However, they may be surprised to learn that zombies are not only found in fiction! This fascinating title uncovers how real zombies can be found in nature, comparing them to the zombies that have been featured in stories for centuries. It also delves into some scientific ways that zombies like those portrayed in the media today could one day truly walk among us!"--Amazon.com.
Subjects: Monsters.;
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Tickle monster / by Bissett, Josie.; Atteberry, Kevan.;
A loveable monster from planet tickle is on a mission to spread laughter on earth.
Subjects: Tickling; Monsters; Laughter; Stories in rhyme.;
© c2010., Compendium,
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Boogie monster / by Bissett, Josie.; Atteberry, Kevan,ill.;
Arriving from outer space, a boogie monster inspires people throughout the world to dance.
Subjects: Stories in rhyme.; Dance; Extraterrestrial beings; Extraterrestrial beings; Monsters; Animals; Dance;
© c2011., Compendium Kids,
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Michigan monsters : a search and find book / by Moeller, Rebecca Klevberg.;
The Great Lakes State is such a nice place to live that even little monsters have taken up residence there. They blend in with the crowd at the National Cerry Festival, salute musical legends at the Motown Museum and even prowl the North Breakwater Lighthouse undetected! Have fun spotting them all as you explore some of Michigan's most iconic landmarks and sights.
Subjects: Picture puzzles.; Board books.;
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The super-scary night thingy / by Rand, Johnathan.;
It's a night of thrills and chills for Freddie Fernortner, fearless first grader! When he and his pals decide to read scary stories after dark, they don't realize just how spookythings are going to get ... especially when there might be a super-scary night thingy lurking close by!
Subjects: Monsters; Monsters;
© 2005., AudioCraft Pub.,
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The pond monster / by Rand, Johnathan.;
RL 1.5.006-009."Something is lurking in the pond near Freddie's house. Darla's brother says it's a horrible monster that can gobble people up in one gulp! Be warned: it's an exciting adventure for Freddie, Chipper, Darla, and Mr. Chewy with surprises and chills at every turn!" -- p. [4] of cover.
Subjects: School children; Adventure stories.;
© c2009., Audiocraft Pub.,
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Molly's monsters / by Slater, Teddy.;
A little girl tells about all the ...
Subjects: Monsters; Children's stories.;
© c1988., Platt & Munk,
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Dogman [videorecording] / by Brauer, Richard.; Campbell, Larry Joe.; Mayberry, Mariann.; Guerrero, Kimberly Norris.; Osiris Entertainment, LLC.;
DVD, 16:9, 5.1 Surround, 2.0 stereo.Larry Campbell, Mariann Mayberry, Kimberly Guerrero.MPAA rating: Not rated.Hanklin Purvis and his wife, Dorothy, live on a farm in the rural Midwest. For some reason, during the season before autumn, things start happening. The first victims are family pets, then wild animals. But it's not until people are injured that the police get involved. The attacker is not human, that's for sure and it needs to be stopped. Then they discover that the wounds have a deadly bacteria and the clock is ticking for those infected.
Subjects: Monsters;
© 2012., [Brauer Productions] Osiris Entertainment,
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Einstein's monsters : the life and times of black holes / by Impey, Chris,author.;
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-282) and index.Foreword -- Part A. Evidence for black holes, large and small. The heart of darkness -- Black holes from star death -- Supermassive black holes -- Gravitational engines -- Part B. Black holes, past, present, and future. The lives of black holes -- Black holes as tests of gravity -- Seeing with gravity eyes -- The fate of black holes."Black holes are the best-known and least-understood objects in the universe. In Einstein's Monsters, distinguished astronomer Chris Impey takes readers on a vivid tour of these enigmatic giants. He weaves a fascinating tale out of the fiendishly complex math of black holes and the colorful history of their discovery. Impey blends this history with a poignant account of the phenomena scientists have witnessed while observing black holes: stars swarming like bees around the center of our galaxy; black holes performing gravitational waltzes with visible stars; the cymbal clash of two black holes colliding, releasing ripples in space time. Clear, compelling, and profound, Einstein's Monsters reveals how our comprehension of black holes is intrinsically linked to how we make sense of the universe and our place within it."--Amazon.com
Subjects: Black holes (Astronomy); Gravitation;
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