Andrei Codrescu is a poet, novelist and essayist. An NPR commentator and winner of the Peabody Award, he edited the literary journal Exquisite Corpse and is McCurdy Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University. His books include “The Disappearance of the Outside” (1990), “The Hole in the Flag: A Romanian Exile’s Story of Return and Revolution” (1991), “Zombification” (1994), “The Blood Countess” (1995), “The Posthuman Dada Guide” (2009) and “Too Late for Nightmares: Poems” (2022).
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When tourism became a source of hard currency, the Romanian Communist Party designated Dracula’s castle a destination for foreign visitors who, as readers of the Victorian novel by Bram Stoker, paid dearly to shiver in the chilling bath of torture victims' screams piped through the walls.