The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature

The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature

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Vampires have been a popular subject for writers since their inception in 19th century Gothic literature and, later, became popular with filmmakers. Now the classical vampire is extinct, and in its place are new vampires who embrace the hi-tech worlds of science fiction. This book is the first to examine the history of vampires in science fiction. The first part considers the role of science and pseudo-science, from late Victorian to modern times, in the creation of the vampire, as well as the qsensation fictionq of J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells. The second part focuses on the history of the science fiction vampire in the cinema, from the silent era to the present. More than sixty films are discussed, including films from such acclaimed directors as Roger Corman, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg, among others.Although vampire legends extend back into antiquity, the literary vampire emerged during the Victorian Era, at the same time that human reality was being transformed by modern science and technology. Bram Stokera#39;s Count Dracula, a figureanbsp;...

Title:The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature
Author:Paul Meehan
Publisher:McFarland - 2014-06-23


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