The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula
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....more
Tons of silly trivia, funny anecdotes, and actually interesting information. I was really captivated by the universal vampire myth, and fascinated by the Eastern European obsession that is so culturally intrenched.
as a throw-yourself-into-vampire-culture-memoir, i really enjoyed it. the author is hilarious.
however, i didn't buy the book for a memoir. i was hoping to engage my strange love for vampires and increase my useless knowledge of said interest. on that level, i was a bit disappointed. out of the 256 pages--i'd say 200 of them were devoted to the history of bram stoker and bela lugosi. i guess i was hoping to learn more about the variations of vampires in lore and pop culture.
Thank goodness I really enjoyed it. Yes, it's a book about vamp...more
I think the author got pretty sick of all things vampire before he was finished writing - and his disdain for fans of the "Dark Shadows" soap opera wasn't pretty. Don't look for any in depth analysis here, just one man's journey exploring vampires in pop culture.
African American vampires from northern Virginia? I must have hung out and shared poetry with some of these folks at some point. Truly. I didn't recognize any names though.
Usually when I am reading a book that describes Aleister Crowley as a "Satanist", I stop reading because the author's depth appears to be wading-pool. Nuzum does talk about how...more
I interviewed the author for Washingtonian.
We begin with our author and narrator making light on the fact that you can't go one day without finding a vampire reference in your face. What follows is a romp through pop culture and vampires, exploring what makes us humans so interested in the undead. It's a well-written, non-fiction book that is both hilarious and creepy, shallow and introspective at once. (And decidedly, not for children). It has information for vampire movie buffs,vampire literature buffs (moi), vampire h...more
My favorite part of the book was his recap of touring Transylvania. Whi...more
Nuzum's examination of the all-things-vampire craze is a funny, pop culture journey with many fun historical and cultural facts included. It's also the most enjoyable book I've read during my current Vampire Reading Spree.
The author is at his best when he recounts his self-depreciating perspectives of his odyssey to explore the origins, foibles and possible joys of being vampire-obsessed. He isn't afraid to reveal his own dipshit actions, which include drinking (and then hurling up)his...more
"This is not a James Frey thing, I do not claim to have spent time in jail, saved drowning kittens, prevented a revolution, or...more
It's fitting that there is a Chuck Klosterman endorsement for the book, because it reads very much like Kloserman's own work. Despite the ridiculous situations and people he encounters, Nuzum's narrative simply goes along for the ride. Is it possible for someone to be pleasantly patronizing?
I think this book gets...more
I hope it doesn't sound too pretentious to say that, when it comes to vampires, Eric Nuzum knows his stuff. (Because the obvious, conceited corollary to that implies that I, also, know my stuff. I know, right? Arrogant!) He doesn't really cover the vampiric legends of non-euro cultures (which I guess I really shouldn't have expected from him, but still, waaah!), but the stuff he shares about our modern percepti...more
I am a vampire lover, and though my love is not as zealous as that of many of this book's character's, I fe...more
I liked the book a lot, though I did not feel it was very in depth at all-- my favorite bits (of course) were when the author went tracking down Vlad Dracula and went to England to research Bram Stoker. It was clear the guy did his research, but the book is short and written more for humor than as an in-depth study; the philosophical bent seems more tacked-on than anything....more
i think my biggest issue with the book was that it wasn't quite as informative as i was looking for. i learned some new things, some interesting facts and tidbits, and some about the vampire's place in popular culture, but i was looking for more.
there was also a bit too much of the author in the book. normally, i don't h...more