Eric Nuzum and "Giving Up The Ghost" on Wednesday's Access Utah
Eric Nuzum is afraid of the supernatural, and for good reason: As a high school oddball in Canton, Ohio, during the early 1980s, he became convinced that he was being haunted by the ghost of a little girl in a blue dress who lived in his parents’ attic. It began as a weird premonition during his dreams, something that his quickly diminishing circle of friends chalked up as a way to get attention. It ended with Nuzum in a mental ward, having apparently destroyed his life before it truly began. The only thing that kept him from the brink: his friendship with a girl named Laura, a classmate who was equal parts devoted friend and enigmatic crush. With the kind of strange connection you can only forge when you’re young, Laura walked Eric back to “normal”—only to become a ghost herself in a tragic twist of fate.
Years later, a fully functioning member of society with a great job and family, Nuzum still can’t stand to have any shut doors in his house for fear of what’s on the other side. In order to finally confront his phobia, he enlists some friends on a journey to America’s most haunted places. But deep down he knows it’s only when he digs up the ghosts of his past, especially Laura, that he’ll find the peace he’s looking for.
Eric Nuzum’s book “Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80’s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper and What it Means to be Haunted” is a memoir of lost love and second chances, and, yes, it’s a ghost story as well.
Eric Nuzum is a recovering pop culture critic, VH1 pundit, and author. His previous books include “Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America” and “The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires From Nosferatu to Count Chocula.” He was awarded the 2002 National Edward R. Murrow Award for News Writing and his work has appeared in a few publications you've heard of and many more that you haven't heard of. He worked for NPR as Programming VP and is currently SVP of Original Content at Audible.com. He opines regularly on his Web site, www.ericnuzum.com