As a student of genre fiction, I’m often asked to identify potential monsters, diabolical entities or unearthly creatures. Some Americans may currently be wondering “Why does Paul Ryan look at me like he’s calculating how valuable my organs are?”
This is a good question. On the one hand is adherence to an outdated view of society may seem to imply that he is, perhaps ‘nosferatu’, strigoi, vrykolakas i.e. a vampire. An undead being who sees humanity as cattle and perhaps fears their growing numbers and technological progress.
On the other hand, Wikipedia informs me that a ghoul ‘ The creature also preys on young children, drinks blood, steals coins, and eats the dead, then taking the form of the person most recently eaten.’
Yet, sad to say, he is neither. He is human but just a really appalling person.