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The Dead Travel Fast

Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula

Eric Nuzum

St. Martin's Griffin

The undead are everywhere. They’re not just in movies and books, but in commercials, fetish clubs, and even in your breakfast cereal. Bloodsuckers have become some of the most recognizable bad guys in the modern world, and Eric Nuzum wanted to find out why. He was willing to do whatever it took —even drinking his own blood—in his quest to understand the vampire phenomenon. And he found the answer in Goth clubs, darkened parks, haunted houses, and . . . chain restaurants.
     In The Dead Travel Fast, Nuzum delivers a far-reaching look at vampires in pop culture from Bram to Bela to Buffy, and at what vampires and vampirism have come to mean to us today. And the blood? Let’s just say it doesn’t go with eggs.

 

 

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Chapter 1
Watching my own blood drip down the bathroom mirror, there’s only one thought running through my head: In a lifetime of questionable decision making, this is not one of my finer moments.
Like many things in life, it started off with the best of intentions. It was an experiment—a quest, actually. When I set out to write about the history of vampires, I decided to pursue three specific tasks. It seemed to make sense—in order to truly understand vampires and what they mean, I’d not only have to do the usual research and reading, but I’d have to find ways
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“It’ll make you laugh and cringe.”  —USA Today Pop Candy blog
“A narrative adventure that’s equal parts travelogue, investigative report, and pop culture criticism.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Chatty, breezy, and often hilarious.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This is a writer you want to follow anywhere.” —January Magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Eric Nuzum

  • Eric Nuzum is a recovering pop culture critic, VH1 pundit, and author of Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America. He was awarded the 2002 National Edward R. Murrow Award for News Writing and his work has appeared in a few publications you’ve heard of and many more that you haven’t heard of. He works for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife.

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    The Dead Travel Fast

    Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula

    Eric Nuzum

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