In Search of Vampires

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What is it about vampires? Halloween is still five weeks away, and already the fake fangy teeth are in the drug store aisles, along with the little kits for applying trickles of blood.

Some ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages cannot seem to get enough of the neck-nuzzling, blood-sucking world of Dracula. Book publishers love it. B-movies and TV love it. The goth world loves it.

Eric Nuzum has traveled from Bram Stoker's gothic England to exploding graves to Transylvania on the dark and wacky trail of vampire love across the centuries.

This hour On Point: stalking the cult of the vampire.Guests:

Eric Nuzum, author of "The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires From Nosferatu to Count Chocula," is a pop culture critic and director of programming and acquisitions for NPR.

Elizabeth Miller, author of "A Dracula Handbook" and "Reflections on Dracula," is professor emeritus of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Nicolae Paduraru, president of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula in Romania, guide for Mysterious Journeys tours, and former Tourism Ministry official.

This program aired on September 21, 2007.


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