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Sunday, February 20, 2011

VAMPIRE CORNER: THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST!

VAMPIRE CORNER: THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST!

STALKING VAMPIRES FROM NOSFERATU TO COUNT CHOCULA

ERIC NUZUM

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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