A Night of Blacker Darkness

  • by Dan Wells
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No one else has Dan Wells’ hilarious new novella - it’s not available in print, in ebook, by mobile phone text or Victorian phonograph. Audible is bringing it to you exclusively, for a limited time.
The basic premise is this: it's 1817, and a man named Frederick Whithers is wallowing in jail for a crime he didn't commit, desperate to get out so he can go and commit it for real. He fakes his own death and escapes in a coffin, but when he gets to the graveyard and crawls out of the coffin, somebody sees him and assumes he's a vampire. It's pretty much all downhill from there. Frederick spends the rest of the book doing everything he can to steal a massive inheritance from a dead man, all the while running from constables, vampire hunters, ghouls, poets, proper young ladies, highly improper young ladies, morticians, mysterious figures, and the most pathetic collection of vampires to ever disgrace a work of fiction.
The book is Extremely Silly: imagine a horror story, as written by Monty Python, in the style of the old screwball comedies like The Producers, What's Up Doc?, and Some Like it Hot, and then imagine that for some reason it's also in the style of a Victorian frame story starring John Keats and presented by a fake historian. A delightfully funny novel full of witty dialogue brought to life by the narrative voice talents of Sean Barrett.


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Customer Reviews

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A tale of vampires, money, mishap and great minds

Where does A Night of Blacker Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best read and most enjoyable books I have listened to in a long, long time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Night of Blacker Darkness?

One of the best moments is the vampire discussion when they first meet our hero in the cemetary.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

The multiple voices are well done and fit the various characters so well. The slow speech of the undertaker is marvelous and Keats is great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I would not call the book moving in a deep metaphyscal sense but I will admit I had to keep picking myself up off the floor when I had fallen laughing. If you call tears of myrth moving I would definately say I was moved.

Any additional comments?

What a wonderful book, what a wonderful reader. Truly an enjoyable listen. Sean Barrett takes an enjoyable, well written and wonderful tale and makes it so much more. Hats off to Sean and Dan. I must admit it was refreshing to see the true power of vampires not that stuff that others would have you believe.

The exploites of our hero, the twists and turns of the plot are great. I will not give anything away because it is so much fun. Just know that when you think you have it figured out you will only be partly right and there is much more good stuff to come.

May vampires always have the same problems, trials and success as experienced here.

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- Bruce Allred "Bruce"


This book is a perfect antidote to the plague of brooding, seductive and powerful vampire romances infesting the shelves. The vampires, far from being a menace, are inept and brainless. Fortunately for our hapless "hero", so is the vampire hunter and just about everyone else caught up in this farce. Frederick , never the less, doggedly slogs through vampires and vampire hunters while dodging his murderous and untrustworthy but lovely partner in crime as they race to steal an inheritance. He does so with a single minded determination helped- or hindered- by the poet John Keats and a rather bloody minded Mary Shelly.

A fun read and a good performance
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- AC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-23-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios