Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires by Michael E. Bell

By Michael E. Bell

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 ailment, 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 gentle for the 1st time. He exhibits 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 demise males, girls, and youngsters who believed they have been nutrition for the useless. This Wesleyan paperback variation comprises an in depth preface through the writer unveiling the various new situations he's realized approximately seeing that meals for the lifeless used to be first released in 2001.

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I brushed fingertips against my own lips and drew them away, bloodied. He saw the object of my dismay, and his expression transformed itself into one of fathomless shame. " I demanded as I lowered my gaze, unable to look further at him, to see anything but my own spread fingers, covered with an unknown victim's blood. "Go, please! I cannot—I cannot bear even to think—" His voice was calm and soft but carried an undercurrent of steel resolve. "You must. Just as I had to return. It was too much for me to have come tonight, too soon after your loss.

A madwoman, they said, but my brother had seen something more, and I saw from the expression on his face as he peered through the bars at her that she had already captured his heart. As she did mine that day. As a boy, Bram constantly brought home stray and injured animals; his generosity is as deep and boundless as the ocean that surrounds us. As a man, he has not changed; but now his strays are of the two-legged variety, and just as needy. She was one of his charity cases, Gerda was, abandoned by her father to the sanitorium, deemed intractably mad.

How can this be evil, for two souls who so love each other to unite? We coupled silently, violently; such was my excitement that I soon was spent. At once, she tore herself from me and hurried off into the darkness, leaving me to sink gasping to my knees upon the hearth. Distraught at this abrupt abandonment, I struggled to rise, desiring to follow her, to profess my love and gain reassurance from her; desiring only to be near her. But before I could regain my balance, the front door slammed and I heard familiar footfall: Bram.

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