Charles Thorpe is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, USA. He is the author of Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect (2006) and has been featured in The British Journal of Sociology, Science as Culture, Science Fiction Studies, and Theory, Culture and Society.
In this book, the author draws on Karl Marx’s writings on alienation and Erich Fromm’s conception of necrophilia in order to understand these aspects of contemporary culture as expressions of the domination of the living by the dead under capitalism. Necroculture is the ideological reflection and material manifestation of this basic feature of capitalism: the rule of dead capital over living labor. The author argues that necroculture represents the subsumption of the world by vampire capital.