My Bookish Box Set: Things That Bite In the Night (Audio)

Origins of this feature:

Every so often I get emails from a certain big box bookstore that I've purchased from in the past with the declaration, "If You Liked...., Then You'll Like...." The trouble is I often wonder how these books are related. Who made the decision that these books are similar enough that having liked one, I'll like the other? Was it a real person? Or a computer generated list? I've thought about this form of marketing and believe I know a few books that belong together. If there was a box set of related books, like they do those movies at Halloween or Valentine's Day, these are the ones I'd choose to package together.

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Things That Bite In the Night (Special Audio Edition) 

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Hide your women, hide your kids! Dracula is coming to town. It’s up to Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, Mina, and the gang to put a stop to his dastardly deeds before all of England is overrun with vampires.

My review of Dracula

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

What’s scarier than a dude vampire? A lady vampire! Females are so much sneakier with their wiles. Carmilla sets her sights on Laura, Queen of the Stupid, and nothing can stop her from having her.

My review of Carmilla

Vampires have been part of literature for quite some time now. There’s something sexy about a vampire, even though they’re the undead. If you’re going to read about them, you should go way back to the beginning to understand this fascination. These two classic gothic stories go well together and both are excellent audiobook reads. Lots of drama, lots of ghoulishness. You’ll love it!

I can’t for the life of me remember who read Dracula but there is a version read by Simon Vance (always an excellent narrator). Megan Follows reads Carmilla and she’s perfect.


  1. I'm reading--or listening to--Dracula right now, coincidentally.

  2. I've always assumed it was collected from the data on customers, if they've bought similar books. Then again that would still need categories for genres. I'll likely read Dracula one day, though I hadn't heard of the other.


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