An American Nosferatu

For 100 years, between the late 1700s up to 1900, a vampire epidemic raged through ultra-religious New England, from southern and western Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. Scholars have linked this vampire legend to misguided diagnoses of diseases like tuberculosis, rabies and porphyria, also called Gunther Disease, which is a rare genetic disorder that can cause skin lesions and extreme sensitivity to sunlight.

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Dale M. Brumfield

Dale M. Brumfield

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Anti-death penalty advocate, cultural archaeologist, “American Grotesk” historyteller and author of 11 books. More at www.dalebrumfield.net.