While my focus is on zombies, a lot of zom criticism can cross-relate to other monsters or genres. Since it’s impossible to read everything ever written or peer-reviewed, I keep all spec fic genre criticism in my peripheral vision. I have quite a few texts on science fiction and Buffy, not all of it of course is directly related to zombies, but the undead, the changing vampire, the ‘other’ of aliens, you can see a bit of zombie lore in there too. No text is ever completely isolated, and it’s always bloody interesting to learn more!
Here’s two peer-reviewed articles I found recently that generally relate. They are free to read and, as is a basic required software anyway, requires Adobe Reader to read.
Adapting the Undead:
Vampires, Fidelity Criticism and Hammer Horror’s Dracula 1972 AD
by Carolyn Burns
Extract: In this paper I will evaluate this assessment of the adaptation process by examining the way that the vampire narrative has been reinterpreted through the camp and fleshy excess of 1970s horror, uncovering the generative possibilities of unconventional adaptations of classic literary works.