The Bloodsucking Undead

and Electronic Monsters Like Dr. Frankenstein's

I am here speculating that the truth behind the vampire horror stories is a recognition that a deathless humanoid being must be a predator upon humans.

A similar fear has recently surfaced, although it was first envisaged in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", that we might be creating electronic monsters to take over the world from us humans.

We've been doing it for centuries, except the monsters are more abstract.

John Steinbeck says, in "The Grapes of Wrath", that part of what ate up the farmers of the Dust Bowl was the need to keep feeding certain man-made monsters, called banks. I am carrying his notion a bit further.