Vampires, Zombies and Mummies in literature. Image courtesy of BechaBecha © 2014

Vampires, Zombies and Mummies in literature.
Image courtesy of BechaBecha © 2014

Vampires, Mummies, and Zombies from 1900 to 2008

If you take a look at the occurance of creatures in books from 1900 to 2008 (the most recent year that statistics are available), how do three of the iconic monsters stack up?  Which occurs more often: zombies, vampires, or mummies?  We ran a statistical analysis with the help of Google, and found that vampires rule the day.

It is interesting to see that originally mummies were at the top of the charts.  Mummies show up in literature in A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century, an 1827 novel by Jane C. Loudon, so why do they show up in statistics prior to that? The mummy is the one creature of the three that is an actual historical creature, so a good deal of its occurance in books is due to its appearance in archaeological books.

Vampires really took off in the 1980s, and eventually took over first place from mummies. This is even more impressive, since the vampires were not just competing against the appearance of mummies in literature, but also in nonfiction.  That fact shows just how popular vampires became in the early 1990s, when they captured the lead.

Even though the first occurance of the term zombie was recorded in 1819 in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, they didn’t really gain traction until the 1970s. This coincides with the appearance of zombies in the popular film, Night of the Living Dead, by George A. Romero, which started the transition of zombies into the creatures we know today.

However, I do think that if the statistics ran through current day, zombies would be giving vampires a run for their money. In the past few years there has  been an incredible surge in zombie literature, even appearing in a parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Although zombies might not completely eclipse the vampire world, I think they would rank significantly higher today.

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AMA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, Who Wins in Literature? Vampires, Zombies, or Mummies?. ClassBrain Teens. November 1, 2014, 14:20 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/literature-vampires-zombies-mummies/. Accessed September 20, 2017.

Citation styles

APA style
Who Wins in Literature? Vampires, Zombies, or Mummies?. (2014, November 1). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 05:25, September 20, 2017, from http://classbrain.net/teens/literature-vampires-zombies-mummies/
MLA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “Who Wins in Literature? Vampires, Zombies, or Mummies?.” ClassBrain Teens. 1 November 2014, 14:20 UTC. . 20 Sep 2017 <http://classbrain.net/teens/literature-vampires-zombies-mummies/>.
MHRA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, 'Who Wins in Literature? Vampires, Zombies, or Mummies?', ClassBrain Teens, 1 November 2014, 14:20 UTC, <http://classbrain.net/teens/literature-vampires-zombies-mummies/> [accessed 20 September 2017]
The Chicago Manual of Style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “Who Wins in Literature? Vampires, Zombies, or Mummies?.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/literature-vampires-zombies-mummies/ [accessed September 20, 2017].
CBE/CSE style
Cynthia Kirkeby, Who Wins in Literature? Vampires, Zombies, or Mummies? [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2014 November 1, 14:20 UTC [cited 2017 Sep 20]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/literature-vampires-zombies-mummies/.
Bluebook style
Who Wins in Literature? Vampires, Zombies, or Mummies?, http://classbrain.net/teens/literature-vampires-zombies-mummies/ (last visited Sep. 20, 2017).
AMA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, Who Wins in Literature? Vampires, Zombies, or Mummies?. ClassBrain Teens. November 1, 2014, 14:20 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/literature-vampires-zombies-mummies/. Accessed September 20, 2017.