Anno Dracula by Kim Newman — book review

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, Titan Books ‘7.99

Reviewed by Mike Chinn

If you’ve never read Kim Newman’s original vampire mash-up, now’s your chance ‘ as Titan Books reissue this slightly revised edition. Taking the conceit that Dracula won, whilst Van Helsing and his band of vampire hunters are either dead, vampires themselves or damaged goods, Newman launches into a fun Victorian drama.

Characters both real and fictional rub shoulders: the Diogenes Club ‘ under Mycroft Holmes’ guidance ‘ plots to subvert the Count (now married to a vampire Queen Victoria and styling himself the Lord Protector); London’s criminal ‘lite ‘ including Moriarty, Sebastian Moran, Fu Manchu and Raffles (the latter pair never actually named) ‘ fume as Jack the Ripper’s vampire-killing threatens their own empire. In the middle ‘ charged by both sides ‘ Charles Beauregard and vampire elder Genevi’ve Dieudonn’ try to stop Jack as Newman gleefully name-checks characters both familiar and obscure (Drs Jekyll and Moreau, Rupert of Hentzau, Graf Orlok, Count Iorga, the Karnsteins, Florence Stoker’ It goes on).

And in the days where we expect our DVDs to include extras, this book includes a set of annotations to explain the origins of some of the more obscure characters; as well as a bulging acknowledgements section, afterword, alternate ending (told you it was like a DVD), part of a script based around the book, an article on Jack the Ripper as vampire, and a short story. Phew. Buy it; you know you want to.

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, Titan Books ‘7.99

Reviewed by Mike Chinn

If you’ve never read Kim Newman’s original vampire mash-up, now’s your chance ‘ as Titan Books reissue this slightly revised edition. Taking the conceit that Dracula won, whilst Van Helsing and his band of vampire hunters are either dead, vampires themselves or damaged goods, Newman launches into a fun Victorian drama.

Characters both real and fictional rub shoulders: the Diogenes Club ‘ under Mycroft Holmes’ guidance ‘ plots to subvert the Count (now married to a vampire Queen Victoria and styling himself the Lord Protector); London’s criminal ‘lite ‘ including Moriarty, Sebastian Moran, Fu Manchu and Raffles (the latter pair never actually named) ‘ fume as Jack the Ripper’s vampire-killing threatens their own empire. In the middle ‘ charged by both sides ‘ Charles Beauregard and vampire elder Genevi’ve Dieudonn’ try to stop Jack as Newman gleefully name-checks characters both familiar and obscure (Drs Jekyll and Moreau, Rupert of Hentzau, Graf Orlok, Count Iorga, the Karnsteins, Florence Stoker’ It goes on).

And in the days where we expect our DVDs to include extras, this book includes a set of annotations to explain the origins of some of the more obscure characters; as well as a bulging acknowledgements section, afterword, alternate ending (told you it was like a DVD), part of a script based around the book, an article on Jack the Ripper as vampire, and a short story. Phew. Buy it; you know you want to.