Sleeps With Monsters: Fast and Fun Reads

For today’s entertainment, I’m going to tell you about two short, enjoyable works of fiction. One’s a novella, and the other’s a novel, and both of them are very engaged in the project of having fun.

Cynthia Ward’s The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum is a sequel to her The Adventure of the Incognita Countess, which set itself aboard the Titanic in a world where H.G. Wells’ Martian invasion and many other creations of late 19th and early 20th century pulp literature are real, including the vampire Carmilla—now known as Clarimal—and Dracula.

Lucy Harker is the late unlamented Dracula’s half-vampire daughter, and an agent for the British secret services. In The Adventure of the Incognita Countess, in the course of international espionage and intrigue, she met and began a relationship with Clarimal, who has repented of her once-bloodthirsty ways. Now, with the Great War ...