Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England’s Vampires

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Wesleyan University Press, 01‏/01‏/2014 - 390 من الصفحات

For nineteenth-century New Englanders, "vampires" lurked behind tuberculosis. To try to rid their houses and communities from the scourge of the wasting disease, families sometimes relied on folk practices, including exhuming and consuming the bodies of the deceased. Author and folklorist Michael E. Bell spent twenty years pursuing stories of the vampire in New England. While writers like H. P. Lovecraft, Henry David Thoreau, and Amy Lowell drew on portions of these stories in their writings, Bell brings the actual practices to light for the first time. He shows that the belief in vampires was widespread, and, for some families, lasted well into the twentieth century. With humor, insight, and sympathy, he uncovers story upon story of dying men, women, and children who believed they were food for the dead. This Wesleyan paperback edition includes an extensive preface by the author unveiling some of the new cases he's learned about since Food for the Dead was first published in 2001.

 

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LibraryThing Review

معاينة المستخدمين  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

In time for Halloween. Author Michael Bell is an academic folklorist. You would think folklorists would be good storytellers, and perhaps most of them are, but not Bell. While there are a lot of ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

FOOD FOR THE DEAD: On the Trail of New England's Vampires

معاينة المستخدمين  - Kirkus

Eerily interesting exploration of the 18th- and 19th-century New England folk custom of digging up and burning recently deceased family members to ensure they weren't vampires. Consumption, as ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

المحتوى

1 This Awful Thing
1
2 Testing a Horrible Superstition
18
3 Remarkable Happenings
39
4 The Cause of Their Trouble Lay There Before Them
58
5 I Am Waiting and Watching For You
81
6 I Thought For Sure They Were Coming After Me
109
7 Dont Be a Rational Adult
134
Illustrations
148
10 The Unending River of Life
202
11 Relicks of Many Old Customs
226
12 A Ghoul in Every Deserted Fireplace
252
13 Is That True of All Vampires?
279
14 Food for the Dead
296
Chronology of Vampire Incidents in New England
305
Notes
306
Works Cited
323

8 Never Strangers True Vampires Be
156
9 Ghoulish Wolfish Shapes
178

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حول المؤلف (2014)

MICHAEL E. BELL was the consulting folklorist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission in Providence. He has served as a scholar or consultant on numerous projects for the media, particularly those concerned with folklore, folk art, oral history, and humanities programs for young adults. He splits his time between Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island and McKinney, Texas.

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