Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite

In Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters, science journalist Matt Kaplan writes of real-life zombies in Haiti, poisoned by a witch’s brew of pufferfish and tree frogs, and discusses how rabies infection could explain the vampire’s aversion to garlic, water and sunlight.

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Matt Kaplan

Matt Kaplan is a science journalist and the author of Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters (Scribner, 2012). He is based in London, England.

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