Carpe Jugulum

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Carpe Jugulum
New 2022 paperback cover
2022 Penguin paperback designed by Leo Nickolls incorporating art by Paul Kidby
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi)
Stephen Briggs (Isis)
Indira Varma (Penguin)
Cover artistJosh Kirby
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Preceded byThe Last Continent 
Followed byThe Fifth Elephant 

Carpe Jugulum is the twenty-third Discworld book, and the sixth and final witches novel, though Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg continue to appear in many of the Tiffany Aching books. It is broadly a parody of many flavours of vampire fiction, and is notable for introducing both Igors and the Nac Mac Feegle to the series.


Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught up in a war between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side.

There're the witches – young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything, Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies, Nanny Ogg, who is far too knowing... and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble.

And the vampires are intelligent – not easily got rid of with a garlic enema or by going to the window, grasping the curtains and saying, "I don't know about you, but isn't it a bit stuffy in here?"

They've got style and fancy waistcoats. They're out of the casket and want a bite of the future.

Mightily Oats knows he has a prayer, but wishes he had an axe.

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2018-05-09 Radio Morpork “Three’s a Coven, Four’s a Crowd”
2020-08-15 The Death of Podcasts “Carpe Jugulum”
2020-10-08 Pratchat “Home Alone, But Vampires”
2021-01-28 Wyrd Sisters “Carpe Jugulum”
2021-10-31 Desert Island Discworld “Eleanor Morton and Carpe Jugulum”
2021-11-20 Unseen Academicals “Carpe Jugulum - Part 1” (1/2)
2022-02-21 Unseen Academicals “Carpe Jugulum - Part 2” (2/2)
2021-11-23 The Compleat Discography “Carpe Jugulum”
2022-02-18 Who Watches the Watch “Wii Fit Trainer Pygmalion” (1/3)
2022-03-13 Who Watches the Watch “She Suck on My Mommy 'til I Milker” (2/3)
2022-04-16 Who Watches the Watch “Enter the Dialectics Swamp” (3/3)
2022-04-03 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Let's Get Liminal” (1/3)
2022-04-10 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “The Gothic Literature Position” (2/3)
2022-04-17 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “The Abyss is Tapping Its Watch” (3/3)
2022-08-24 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “Carpe Jugulum”
2023-07-13 Fiction Fans “Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett”
2023-08-21 Disc Coverers “Carpe Jugulum”

Other appearances

Episodes where there's significant discussion of the book, but it's not the focus of the episode.

Date Show Episode External link
2015-05-19 The Pratchett Podcast “EPISODE35”
2023-08-28 The Turtle Reads “Carpe HR Lady’s Jugulum”

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