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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Once in a while (alas, much too infrequently), a smart writer who's passionate about an off-the-wall subject publishes a completely irresistible book. Think Marilyn Johnson's The Dead Beat, Monte Burke's Sowbelly, or Trevor Corson's The Secret Life of Lobsters. Unlike The Dead Beat, however, Nuzum's tome is about the un-dead and yields a fascinating, wholly entertaining investigation of vampires -- both historical and contemporary.
A maniacal researcher, Nuzum commits to learning everything about vampire legend and lore and takes readers on numerous trips, such as his death-defying tour through Romania to see the gravesite of Vlad the Impaler (accompanied by the actor who played Eddie Munster) and a marathon walk up and down steep cliffs to find the very park bench that inspired Bram Stoker. He watches every vampire movie made and attends the "Dark Shadows Hollywood Weekend," which he dubs "a Noah's ark of social dysfunction." Nuzum's most gruesome adventure is to experience vampirism for real -- the actual consumption of human blood.
Many fans of the Discover program are also writers, hoping to achieve the same success as that of the writers we select. For those of you who fit that description, The Dead Travel Fast is one book that you'll be delighted to read -- but even happier that you didn't have to travel the path Eric Nuzum took to write it. (Holiday 2007 Selection)