Book Squad Goals

Looking for a book club but don't have time to squeeze real-life meetings into your schedule? Join Book Squad Goals, a bi-weekly podcast about—you guessed it—books, plus all the garbage pop culture we consume when we’re not reading (that’s what our “othersodes” are for!). While you’re paying attention, check out our website & blog at, where we have weekly posts about books, pop culture, and probably our pets. We love our pets.

Othersode #39: Put Some Googly Eyes On It / Dracula with Grady Hendrix

Special guest Grady Hendrix joins the Book Squad this week to discuss the 2020 Netflix/BBC series “Dracula.” We talk about Dracula lore, departures from Bram Stoker’s novel, the historical depiction of vampires, recent television trends, and the overall weird, wild ride that is this three-episode series. Next, we ask Grady all about his newest book, “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.” Then we dig into some feedback on several recent books and update what’s on the Book Squad Blog. Read along with us for our next #bookpisode on “Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir on April 20, and watch the Hulu miniseries “Devs” for our next #othersode on May 4!

0:30 – A special guest and special quiz!
18:28 – Show introduction
20:00 – How does the show change Stoker’s story?
37:36 – Makeup and special FX
44:00 – Episode 3 (and its big twist) and the nature of adaptation
52:07 – The history of the vampire
1:01:54 – Ratings, heroes, and toxic masculinity
1:10:20 – Q&A with Grady Hendrix!
1:42:43 – Feedback
1:49:30 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

Mary Kay’s quiz:
Review of “Dracula” at The Verge:
Gwendolyn Kiste’s “The Eight People Who Murdered Me”:

Song in our Monthly Mane ad is Acid Trumpet by Kevin MacLeod

Subscribe to Our Newsletter