Review: “The Dead Travel Fast,” by Eric Nuzum

Vampire fans should check out “The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula,” by Eric Nuzum.

It’s a light-hearted book, and a breezy read, in which Nuzum looks at all things vampirish. He discusses bloodsuckers in literature from pre-Stoker spooks to Anne Rice. He tried to watch every vampire movie ever made, and distilled some thoughts on those. He met up with vampire fetish groups, traveled to Transylvania and to England to tour sites that inspired Bram Stoker. He portrayed a vampire himself in a couple of haunted house attractions.

And … he tried to drink some blood, with ghastly results.

Nuzum’s book is hilarious, and at times a bit gross. Some of the incidents he notes are, possibly, a little bit embellished for humor’s sake — but I could be wrong. In any case, Nuzum’s book is a must-read for any real vampire fan.

— Steve

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