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Undead ApocalypseVampires and Zombies in the 21st Century$
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Stacey Abbott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694907

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694907.001.0001

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How to Survive a Vampire Apocalypse: Or, what to Do When the Vampires are Us

How to Survive a Vampire Apocalypse: Or, what to Do When the Vampires are Us

(p.177) Chapter 7 How to Survive a Vampire Apocalypse: Or, what to Do When the Vampires are Us
Undead Apocalypse

Stacey Abbott

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers how the increasing popularity of the zombie apocalypse text has impacted on the vampire through the rise of a new hybrid genre of the vampire apocalypse narrative, bringing the vampire genre full circle from Matheson’s I Am Legend. This chapter argues that the vampire apocalypse offers an alternative to the sympathetic vampire in which the vampire has once again become monstrous and threatening within a post-apocalyptic landscape. This return to monstrosity is utilized to service an exploration and examination of class stratification and social deprivation, as well as offering an examination of the impact of religious fundamentalism within a post-9/11 world. Case studies include Stake Land, Priest, Daybreakers and Perfect Creature.

Keywords:   Vampire, Apocalypse, Post-apocalypse, Religion, Fundamentalism, 9/11, Genre hybridity

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