Vampires vs Zombies

June 9, 2017

I’ve been interested in society’s collective unconscious lately and the imagery that pops up in certain times in our art.

For example, I read that vampires tend to show up in movies/tv/art during boom periods in our economy while zombies show up during busts and chaos.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992. Interview with the Vampire in 1994. From Dusk til Dawn in 1996. This was at a time when the market had rebounded considerably from the 1980 lows and right near the start of the dot-com boom.

White Zombie, the first of these types of movies, appeared in 1932, right after the big market crash and the start of The Great Depression. Zombieland came out in 2009 and The Walking Dead in 2010, after the real estate bubble popped.

Our collective subconscious creates these types of stories during booms and busts as a reflection of what’s going on.

I don’t know if this is 100% true always (I don’t feel like doing the research), but it is interesting to ponder.

“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.”
– Joseph Campbell

(And maybe we can use this imagery as a cue to buy stocks when zombies appear and avoid when the bloodsuckers are out!)