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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which tracks several genres of monster-stories to explore what they tell us about key symbolic registers in which the experience of capitalist commodification is felt, experienced and resisted. The book brings the monsters of the market out of the netherworld by exploring the zones of experience that nurture and sustain them, and that provide them the blood and flesh off which they feed. Central to this exploration is the claim that tales of body-snatching, vampirism, organ-theft, and zombie-economics all comprise multiple imaginings of the risks to bodily integrity that inhere in a society in which individual survival requires selling our life-energies to people on the market. At its heart, the book is about monsters of the market and the occult economies they inhabit.

Keywords:body-snatchers; capitalist monsterology; financial market; occult economies; organ-theft; vampirism; zombie-economics

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