Dracula Daily: 2023
Alright friends, let's talk about what's next
Matt here; after Dracula ended on November 7, I’ve gotten several questions about next steps. I’ll update the FAQ on Substack, but also wanted to answer some of those here.
But before that: I just want to say a huuuuuuuge THANK YOU to all of you that have read along with us this year. It’s been such an astonishing experience, and I have adored all the conversations, feedback, memes and discussion that’s happened around this book. Obviously I could never have imagined this kind of response, and I am just floored by it all. Just incredible.
OK. What’s happening next?
Q. Are you doing Dracula Daily in 2023?
A. Oh yes. We’re 100% doing Dracula Daily again in 2023.
Q. How’s it going to work?
A. Exactly the same. If you’re signed up for this newsletter, you’ll get all of Dracula Daily, starting in May 2023. You won’t need to do anything further, it will just show up in your inbox in May. I’ll probably send out a few reminders before it starts.
Q. But what if I don’t want to read Dracula again?
A. Did you read with us in 2022, and you’ve read enough Dracula? You should unsubscribe, probably! That’s no problem, nobody will get their feelings hurt.
Q. But what if I want to get news about the upcoming Dracula Daily book too?
A. We’ll send out some occasional news here, but the Studio Kirkland newsletter will send out book updates as well. We send VERY infrequent updates to that newsletter list: https://studiokirkland.substack.com, which covers other non-Dracula projects we’re working on as well.
Q. You’re making a book? Matt, Dracula is already a book.
A. Yes, of course, you’re right. But we’re putting together our Dracula Daily chronological version - with the full text arranged by date, the subject line commentary, and a sampling of the responses, jokes, and memes from this year. If you want to relive the experience of this year, or if you fell off the wagon during the long parts, or if you want to share the experience with others (without forwarding them 110 emails), this might be the way to do it.
Q. Sure, fine, but what am I supposed to read until Dracula starts in May?
A. Oh gosh, there are so many great newsletters to choose from. This summer there was a real Cambrian explosion of people starting serialized classic literature, much of it happening on Substack. Here’s a roundup of some options, but there are literally hundreds to choose from. Hundreds! I personally am pretty psyched about Whale Weekly, because there’s never a bad time to read Moby-Dick.
And I also learned about the Serial app, which basically does a similar thing as these newsletters but on a personalized schedule. I started reading Dostoevsky’s The Idiot.
OK! That’s it - as always you can also email email@example.com if you’ve got a specific question.