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By Michael E. Bell

ISBN-10: 0819571717

ISBN-13: 9780819571717

For nineteenth-century New Englanders, "vampires" lurked in the back of tuberculosis. to aim to rid their homes and groups from the scourge of the losing illness, households occasionally trusted folks practices, together with exhuming and eating the our bodies of the deceased. writer and folklorist Michael E. Bell spent 20 years pursuing tales of the vampire in New England. whereas writers like H. P. Lovecraft, Henry David Thoreau, and Amy Lowell drew on parts of those tales of their writings, Bell brings the particular practices to mild for the 1st time. He indicates that the assumption in vampires used to be common, and, for a few households, lasted good into the 20th century. With humor, perception, and sympathy, he uncovers tale upon tale of death males, ladies, and kids who believed they have been nutrition for the lifeless. This Wesleyan paperback version contains an in depth preface by means of the writer unveiling many of the new instances he's realized approximately due to the fact foodstuff for the useless was once first released in 2001.

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