The Dead Travel Fast offers a fresh look at the fascination of vampire lore, remarkably lacking in cliches, and an honest yet humane look at the people who obssess over it. Author Eric Nuzum cheerfully undertakes experiments that would daunt the casual vampire fan (i.e. sampling his own blood, watching every vampire movie ever made). He visits Romania on a tour of vampire history with uncomfortable conditions and limited appeal. He spends months trying to contact a real vampire. Nuzum journeys to the very outskirts of accepted culture to find source of the undead's universal appeal. He attempts to reconcile the equal strength of the mainstream's fascination and the fringe's obsession with vampires and he does so with wit, spunk and an open mind.
I really had a fun time reading this book! It was a nonfiction look into the history of the lure of vampires, and it was overall, genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious. I really enjoyed it! I am not sure of when it was actually written, but I was surprised that the Sookie Stackhouse books and the _Twilight_ saga did not merit a mention. I wonder if Nuzum plans to do a follow-up? Either way, Nuzum is very talented and I definitely will keep an eye out for any other books he writes!