Posthuman Vampire: A Biomedical War Weapon in Justin Cronin’s The Passage

M. Inbaraj and Dr. Abdul Mohammed Ali Jinnah

As the world is struggling and fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, the revelation that it is not the armed conflicts among the nations of the world that would lead to a third world war but rather the bio-medical attacks and threats have more chances to turn this world into real chaos, is appalling. It is time for the world to come to a profound understanding that all nations' defense sector investments are of no use because we have emerged into a world where weapons need not only be material armaments but can also be bio-medical viruses. The coronavirus pandemic is a kind of enlightenment to the nations of the world to strengthen their health sector boundaries first to fight an enemy who is unseen and dangerous. What would happen to a world when such a lethal virus outbreak couldn‟t be confined and lead to an apocalypse of humankind? How long would quarantine help when a virus spread through contact and exists in the things that are exposed? These questions seemed to have reflected incessantly in many of pulp-fiction apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic movies and fiction and opened up a posthuman condition where we find the very identity of the humans are altered into a posthuman being. There are different hypothesis that has been laid out about the posthuman future by the contemporary posthuman theorist like Rosi Braidotti, Donna Harroway, Cary wolf but they all consensually agree to a point that the identity of human would not remain the same or will be altered in these posthuman futures. Justin Cronin‟s The Passage deals with the same questions mentioned above and opens up the imaginable possibility of a virus outbreak (supposedly belonging to Hantavirus family) due to the bio-medical experiments of man to make a superhuman which ultimately makes them dangerous, horrific, gothic posthuman vampires. In this paper, the researchers try to analyze the effects of biomedical experiments on humans and their capability of altering humans into a posthuman being. The researchers also try to highlight the possibility of humans turning into a gothic, terrorizing post-human vampires and using them as a weapon in armed forces to destroy enemies and a post-apocalyptic world through a posthuman gothic study.

Volume 12 | Issue 7

Pages: 95-98

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I7/20201988