Americans are still using Gothic monster terms to describe an ongoing real estate crisis.
Virginia, Nebraska, Alaska and Oklahoma have the highest rate of "vampire" property, referring to foreclosed homes that the banks took over but the homeowners still live there.
Missouri, Indiana, Oregon and Nevada had a higher percentage of "zombies," or homes that are still going through the foreclosure process but are vacant. The homeowner who is being foreclosed moved out, but the bank hasn't yet taken over the property.
The real lives of these properties recall other Gothic tropes, like modern ruins:
zombie homes are probably better known because they are more visible. These abandoned homes often aren't being maintained. Windows are broken. The lawn needs cutting. The properties are more likely to be vandalized.
Or the "looks innocent from the outside" trick:
from the outside, "vampire" properties often look like normal homes since people are still living in them.
We're almost in 2014, and still see the Great Recession in Gothic terms.
(thanks to Elena Clark)