Mindless Monsters: The Evolution of Vampire Mythology in Modern Fiction


  • Morgan A. Jackson Troy University


Vampires existed in mythology for centuries, serving as terrifying reminders of humanity and death. They have as monsters, sexual deviants, religious blasphemers or reflections of religious values, romantic antagonists, and even the tortured undead. This article discusses the evolution of vampires in modern fiction as a facilitator for discussion of taboo topics. These topics include race, gender, religion, and intolerance within society.