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The Living and the Undead: Slaying Vampires, Exterminating Zombies
With a legacy stretching back into legend and folklore, the vampire in all its guises haunts the film and fiction of the twentieth century and remains the most enduring of all the monstrous threats that roam the landscapes of horror. In The Living and the Undead, Gregory A. Waller shows why this creature continues to fascinate us and why every generation reshapes the story ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 2010 by University of Illinois Press
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A clearly written, solidly argued overview of vampires (in both literature and film) and zombies (in film more than in literature). Waller is a bit too enamored of Van Helsing's notion of "wild work" and his willingness to read, say, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD as a kind of vampire story will likely strike some readers as an unpersuasive attempt to find a movie that hinges the two strains of undeadness. Still and all, though, this is good work. The chapter on 'SALEM'S LOT helped me along as I taugh ...more
This edition of the book has a slightly expanded preface, other than that, it is identical to the older version. I wrote a review for the Journal of the Fantastical in the Arts, so I won't put much here. just know that this book is about Stoker through the 1970s, there's no Buffy, there's only two Romero films and there's very little about zombies overall. But it's a great book that presents a fascinating theory about the evolution of survivor communities.