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The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula

by Eric Nuzum

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Interesting concept with very funny moments, yet sort of loses momentum at the end. Also, the author has some great insight at times, yet glosses over certain topics which would have been interesting if touched upon more. At times, his views and judgments (or lack of) were rather annoying. Still, none of this detracts from how entertaining the book is and overall is rather intriguing with some interesting insight on why vampires are so prominent in various cultures. ( )
  cantinera | Mar 30, 2013 |
In his “Ridiculously Unnecessary Author’s Note,” Eric Nuzum makes sure the reader understands that although the events are real, some scenes are composite scenes; however, these composites do not change the basic facts. He also changes the names of real people and alters a few facts about these people so they won’t be embarrassed. Nuzum does make it perfectly clear that:

"This is not a James Frey thing, I do not claim to have spent time in jail, saved drowning kittens, prevented a revolution, or whatever.

"It is what it is."

The Dead Travel Fast simply is one of the most refreshing and hilarious books on vampires and vampire lore that I’ve read in some time. What began as a desire to write a history of the vampire soon turns into a quest to experience the vampire in all its cultural forms. Nuzum examines the vampire movement from top to bottom, juxtaposing fact with humor to look at why we are so fascinated by the vampire.

Nuzum informs the reader of the making of the novel Dracula and intersperses history with one of the most entertaining travelogues I’ve read in years. If you read nothing else, you must read the chapter entitled “I Don’t Believe in God: The Crucifix is to Keep Away Vampires” where the author travels to the land of the vampire and along the way deals with dog attacks, floods, possible amputation, and running out of hand sanitizer. Nuzum goes to Transylvania on a Dracula-themed tour with some unpredictable results.

It’s not all fun and games; Nuzum knows when to get serious as he chronicles vampire-themed murders across the globe. As the outsider looking in, he assesses the Goths who feel empowered by the vampire lifestyle they seek to emulate. Nuzum attends Goth clubs, Buffy the Vampire marathons, and haunted houses in his quest for what it means to be a vampire.

Check out the undead and the company they keep. ( )
  TeresaFrohock | Mar 25, 2011 |
I am extremely jealous of Eric Nuzum. I would love to go on the hunt for a “real” vampire and get paid to read, write, travel to Transylvania, and watch movies while doing it. This non-fiction novel follows the author in his quest to explore all things vampiric, leading him to drink his own blood and watch every vampire movie ever made. The author is smart, witty, and if at all possible, makes me love the vampire mythos even more. ( )
  yrchmonger | Mar 14, 2010 |
Lighthearted (for the most part) look at vampires throughout history, literature, pop culture, and the underground. Nuzum has an easy writing style that makes for a fast, enjoyable read. His summaries of vampire legends and stories are concise and he entertainingly covers historical material without getting bogged down. ( )
  gtvalentine | Jan 1, 2009 |
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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.
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The Dead Travel Fast is about vampires, death, chickens, fear, things that smell bad, the love of a good woman, and germs… but mostly it's about vampires.

The undead are everywhere. They're not just in movies and books, but in commercials, fetish clubs, and even in your breakfast cereal. If you look, you'll discover that bloodsuckers have gone from guest spots in rural folk tales to becoming some of the most recognizable bad guys in the modern world. Eric Nuzum wanted to find out why and how this happened. And he found the answer in Goth clubs, darkened parks, haunted houses, and… chain restaurants.
 
Nuzum was willing to do whatever it took to better understand the vampire phenomenon. He traveled across Transylvania on a tour hosted by Butch Patrick (a.k.a. Eddie Munster), sat through Las Vegas' only topless vampire revue, hung out with assorted shady characters, and spent hours in a coffin. He even drank his own blood --just one more step in his quest to understand the weird, offbeat world of vampires and the people who love them. 
The Dead Travel Fast is the hilarious result of this bloody, gory, and often foolhardy journey. With his unmatched firsthand experience, Eric 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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