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Anno Dracula
     

Anno Dracula

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by Kim Newman
 

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"Kim Newman's Anno Dracula is back in print, and we must celebrate. It was the first mash-up of literature, history and vampires, and now, in a world in which vampires are everywhere, it's still the best, and its bite is just as sharp. Compulsory reading, commentary, and mindgame: glorious." - Neil Gaiman

"Politics, horror, and romance are woven

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"Kim Newman's Anno Dracula is back in print, and we must celebrate. It was the first mash-up of literature, history and vampires, and now, in a world in which vampires are everywhere, it's still the best, and its bite is just as sharp. Compulsory reading, commentary, and mindgame: glorious." - Neil Gaiman

"Politics, horror, and romance are woven together in this brilliantly imagined and realized novel. Newman's prose is a delight, his attention to detail is spellbinding." - Time Out

“Stephen King assumes we hate vampires; Anne Rice makes it safe to love them, because they hate themselves. Kim Newman suspects that most of us live with them… Anno Dracula is the definitive account of that post-modern species, the self-obsessed undead.” - New York Times

Anno Dracula will leave you breathless... one of the most creative novels of the year.” - Seattle Times

“Powerful... compelling entertainment... a fiendishly clever banquet of dark treats.” - San Francisco Chronicle

'A ripping yarn, an adventure romp of the best blood, and a satisfying… read' - Washington Post Book World

"The most comprehensive, brilliant, dazzlingly audacious vampire novel to date. 'Ultimate' seems an apt description... Anno Dracula is at once playful, horrific, intelligent, and revelatory." - Locus 

"A marvelous marriage of political satire, melodramatic intrigue, gothic horror, and alternative history. Not to be missed." - The Independent 

"Once you start reading this Victorian-era thriller, you will not be satiated until you reach the end." - Ain't It Cool

"Anno Dracula is the smart, hip Year Zero of the vampire genre's ongoing revolution." - Paul McAuley

"Kim Newman brings Dracula back home in the granddaddy of all vampire adventures. Anno Dracula couldn't be more fun if Bram Stoker had scripted it for Hammer. It's a beautifully constructed Gothic epic that knocks almost every other vampire novel out for the count." - Christopher Fowler   

 "The most interesting take on the Dracula story... to date. Recommending this one to all those that love Dracula and historical fiction!" - RexRobotReviews

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It is 1888 and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort Vlad Tepes, the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel follows vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

Anno Dracula is a rich and panoramic tale, combining horror, politics, mystery and romance to create a unique and compelling alternate history. Acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London.

This brand-new edition of the bestselling novel contains unique bonus material, including a new afterword from Kim Newman, annotations, articles and alternate endings to the original novel.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Queen Victoria consorts with Count Dracula in this ingenious historical romp peopled by historic characters. (Oct.)
Carl Hays
Sharp on the heels of the critical acclaim for "Jago", Newman turns in yet another masterwork of subtle, surrealistic horror by capitalizing on a brilliant premise: What if the infamous Count Dracula not only escaped fatal impalement but won the heart of Queen Victoria and spread his dark disciples throughout the general population of England? While including a few of the principals from Stoker's original Dracula, such as Godalming (now a vampire) and Dr. Seward, Newman chooses to keep the Lord of the Un-dead securely in the background. Instead, his plot focuses on an investigation of the slaughter and dissection of several un-dead prostitutes as seen through the eyes of Genevieve, a veteran, aristocratic vampiress, and Beauregard, a mortal member of a secret political club. Following their respective trails, Newman navigates a vividly conceived territory of real and imaginary Victorian England in which the likes of Dr. Jekyll, Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde, and even Bram Stoker rub elbows. A delightful, thoroughly entertaining addition to the literature of vampires.
Kirkus Reviews
Newman goes over the top in every novel (Night Mayor, Bad Dreams, Jago), each featuring a monstrous overlord of horror unlikely to be dethroned—but this time he leaps to new heights, drawing the Dracula novel that sets a benchmark for vampire fiction. Warning: the blood, well, you can't say it's overdone, for a vampire novel, but two qualities distinguish Newman's story: the immense physiological detail shoring up the reality of the undead, and the gathering sense of the author's enjoyment in what he does here—among other things, his sheer love of chockablock Victorian detail. The plot: Vlad Tepes, or Dracula, did not die as in Bram Stoker but rather survived and, political genius, rose to marry Queen Victoria in 1885 and become her consort. Dracula rules England, with Victoria doglike in a leash at his feet. What's more, it's now fashionable to be a vampire, especially among the nobility, while among the lower orders the change from "warm" to the immortal undead can be bought from any corner whore for the price of a shot of gin or draft of pig's blood at the pub. Jack the Ripper, however, hates undead whores and knows that destroying any vital organ can kill them. Who is Jack? None other that Stoker's Dr. John (Jack) Seward, who helped drive a stake into Lucy Westenra, Stoker's heroine. Jack's gone round the bend, living among a people who look upon vampirism as, well, pretty nice. The police assign Genevieve Dieuxdonne, a vampire detective, herself a half-century older than Dracula, to chase down Jack, assisted by Charles Beauregard, handsome henchman of Conan Doyle's The Diogenes Club, England's Star Chamber. Also on hand: Mycroft Holmes, Dr. Jekyll, anddozens of famed Victorians from literature and real life, all mingling in a fogbound milieu that rubs like cat fur on the reader's imagination. A bloody delight.

From the Publisher
Stephen King assumes we hate vampires; Anne Rice makes it safe to love them, because they hate themselves. Kim Newman suspects that most of us live with them… Anno Dracula is the definitive account of that post-modern species, the self-obsessed undead.” — The New York Times

“Compulsory reading...Glorious” – Neil Gaiman

“A brilliantly witty parallel-world saga… builds sure-footedly to bravura climax which entirely redefines ‘Victorian values’” — Daily Telegraph

Anno Dracula will leave you breathless... one of the most creative novels of the year.” — Seattle Times

“Politics, horror and romance are woven together in this brilliantly imagined and realised novel. Newman's prose is a delight, his attention to detail spellbinding” — Time Out

“ A tour de force which succeeds brilliantly” — The Times

“A marvellous marriage of political satire, melodramatic intrigue, gothic horror and alternative history. Not to be missed. “ — The Independent

'A ripping yarn, an adventure romp of the best blood, and a satisfying… read' – Washington Post Book World

'Powerful... compelling entertainment... a fiendishly clever banquet of dark treats' – San Francisco Chronicle

“The most comprehensive, brilliant, dazzlingly audacious vampire novel to date. ‘Ultimate’ seems an apt description... Anno Dracula is at once playful, horrific, intelligent and revelatory... Newman’s prose will remain gloriously unique.” — Locus

Anno Dracula couldn’t be more fun if Bram Stoker had scripted it for Hammer. It’s a beautifully constructed Gothic epic that knocks almost every other vampire novel out for the count.”
Christopher Fowler

“Bloody excellent. Kim Newman has exsanguinated the best of fact and fiction and created a vivid vampirous Victorian world uniquely his own.  This clever, delicious extravaganza – Hammer Horror meets True (Blue) Blood – is just the tonic for the year of a Royal Wedding.” — Stephen Volk

Anno Dracula is the smart, hip Year Zero of the vampire genre’s ongoing revolution.” — Paul McAuley

Library Journal
Gothic horror and alternative history combine just as successfully in Newman's classic take on vampires. Never again will the sun rise on the British Empire once Queen Victoria marries Count Dracula. Meanwhile, Jack the Ripper carves up vampire prostitutes. First published in 1992, Anno Dracula, with its cameos by literary luminaries and fictional characters alike, including Oscar Wilde, Dr. Jekyll, and Sherlock Holmes, paved the way for countless such mash-ups. VERDICT History and horror are balanced perfectly in this original take on the vampire canon; it will appeal not only to the bloodthirsty but to the bookish as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857685339
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Series:
Anno Dracula Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
44,204
File size:
685 KB

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Stephen King assumes we hate vampires; Anne Rice makes it safe to love them, because they hate themselves. Kim Newman suspects that most of us live with them… Anno Dracula is the definitive account of that post-modern species, the self-obsessed undead.” — The New York Times

“Compulsory reading...Glorious” – Neil Gaiman

“A brilliantly witty parallel-world saga… builds sure-footedly to bravura climax which entirely redefines ‘Victorian values’” — Daily Telegraph

Anno Dracula will leave you breathless... one of the most creative novels of the year.” — Seattle Times

“Politics, horror and romance are woven together in this brilliantly imagined and realised novel. Newman's prose is a delight, his attention to detail spellbinding” — Time Out

“ A tour de force which succeeds brilliantly” — The Times

“A marvellous marriage of political satire, melodramatic intrigue, gothic horror and alternative history. Not to be missed. “ — The Independent

'A ripping yarn, an adventure romp of the best blood, and a satisfying… read' – Washington Post Book World

'Powerful... compelling entertainment... a fiendishly clever banquet of dark treats' – San Francisco Chronicle

“The most comprehensive, brilliant, dazzlingly audacious vampire novel to date. ‘Ultimate’ seems an apt description... Anno Dracula is at once playful, horrific, intelligent and revelatory... Newman’s prose will remain gloriously unique.” — Locus

Anno Dracula couldn’t be more fun if Bram Stoker had scripted it for Hammer. It’s a beautifully constructed Gothic epic that knocks almost every other vampire novel out for the count.”
Christopher Fowler

“Bloody excellent. Kim Newman has exsanguinated the best of fact and fiction and created a vivid vampirous Victorian world uniquely his own.  This clever, delicious extravaganza – Hammer Horror meets True (Blue) Blood – is just the tonic for the year of a Royal Wedding.” — Stephen Volk

Anno Dracula is the smart, hip Year Zero of the vampire genre’s ongoing revolution.” — Paul McAuley

Meet the Author

Kim Newman is a well known author: he has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. He is also a renowned movie critic. His reviews appear often in Empire Magazine and he has written for The Guardian, Time Out and many others. He makes frequent appearances on radio and TV.

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Anno Dracula 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This utterly entertaining book is not just another clever mash-up. It does delight by placing literary and historical figures in the framework of a horror-inspired plot, but it goes beyond that to deliver a sweeping story of alternative history. The mix of surreal imagery and accurate historical settings is simply mind-blowing at times. The plot is multi-faceted. At first, the reader is ensnared by a fascinating crime thriller and a horrific but atmospheric version of London. By mid-book a contemplative romance and wry political satire enter the mix. During the last third of the book, an ingenious conspiracy is slowly revealed. It all culminates in a heart-thumping climax that leaves the reader smiling and cheering for more. Although supporting characters from history and period literature amuse the reader throughout the narrative, this story goes beyond mere entertainment. Simply stated, it's a brilliant and maniacal masterpiece. I'm grateful that this book was reissued. Otherwise, I would have probably missed a truly unique and unforgettable read. This book is based upon the premise that Van Helsing failed to destroy Dracula a/k/a Vlad Tepes who went onto marry Queen Victoria and impose a chaotic police state on Victorian England harkening back to the Middle Ages. London is torn between those who have chosen to remain warm (humans) and vampires which range from Dracula's bloodthirsty Carpathian Guard to elders with mysterious vampiric powers to new-born from every strata of society. Unfortunately, most of the new-born carry Dracula's grave tainted bloodline causing twisted mutations and self-destructive, blood born behavior. At first the prose seems antiquated and dense, but that's only because the story starts with a letter authored by Dracula and the insane ravings of an obsessive killer. That killer, initially dubbed Silver Knife, eventually becomes known as Jack the Ripper. His gruesome evisceration of vampire streetwalkers in Whitechapel is sensationalized by the press and destabilizes the tenuous status quo between vampires and humans. A sympathetic and newly engaged Charles Beauregard, an undercover human agent for the mysterious Diogenes Club cabal, is tasked with stopping the murders. Meanwhile, an intriguing vampire elder named Geneviève Dieudonné is asked by vampire elements at Scotland Yard to become involved. Charles and Geneviève investigate the murders separately, but eventually meet and collaborate. In addition to the experiences of Charles and Geneviève, the narrative focuses upon the fascinating perspective of Jack the Ripper. Other notable characters include Beuregaurd's naive fiance, the relatively newly turned Lord Godalming a/k/a Arthur Holmwood, (borrowed from Stoker's "Dracula"), and the manipulative vampiric British Prime Minster who is named Lord Ruthven after Polidori's 'The Vampyre'. A wide cast of supporting characters, some taken from period literature and history, contribute to the narrative, and a few historic figures make amusing cameo appearances. Dracula and Queen Victoria aren't introduced until the climactic conclusion, but both make indelible impressions. I highly recommend this book to all vampire genre lovers and anyone who enjoys reading an intriguing and surreal story set within a meticulously envisioned Victorian era. IMO, any general fiction reader who appreciates a deeply layered story will enjoy this book.
Cassandra Wessels More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best alternative supernatural history books I've ever read. If you are a fan of vampires or the victorian age you will love this book!
Ryst More than 1 year ago
What a total surprise this book was. It took me a good 4 or 5 chapters to really get into it, which may be the same for you...The cover jacket didn't make it clear that this was a bit of an "Alternate Universe" story chock full of literary characters. First off, Queen Victoria is a new-born vampire married to (you guessed it) Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Dracula. England is relatively acceptant of vampires day-to-day because of the Queen and her consort....and whores (both warm and cold alike) litter the streets selling not just sex, but blood as well. Caught up in this world, we find ourselves introduced to a new Jack the Ripper. Yes, he still preys on whores. Yes, he is still surgically precise. But now he's connected to Van Helsing and only murders vampire whores. Scotland Yard, Carpathian Guards, beat cops and others are concerned that the killings will start an uprising that may or may not deter the "vampire cause." Characters that pop up are the Stokers, Mina Harker, Sherlock Holmes, Oscar Wilde, and others. In the midst of it all are our two "main characters," Beauregard and Genevieve. The former a mysterious, occasionally bottom-dwelling cop with a brain the size of England itself. The latter a vampire doctor-ess who has been alive since the time of Joan of Arc. If you can make it into the story and get past the first "set up" chapters, you will thoroughly enjoy the intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack the ripper is at large, Sherlock Holmes is in a concentration camp for rebelling against the crown, Queen Victoria has married Count Dracula, and England is being torn apart by violent terrorist groups both for and against Vampires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very different take on history! For those who liked Dracula, this is a must! The way the author weaves real and fictional literary characters is one of the best! I would recommend reading, or rereading Dracula, prior to reading this, but it's not crucial!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great Victorian sci-fi, horror, fantasy, crime mashup. It skirts the edge of being overweighted by its references, but keeps sailing along. A few plot points are left a bit vague and the ending chapter is just a touch weak, but otherwise this is a great story with some great characters. Great touches abound, like why Sherlock Holmes isn't around to help fight the Ripper or Dracula. The two main characters are both likable and complex enough. Bonus points for a strong female protagonist. I am a little pessimistic that the followups can meep itup, but also look forward to them.
Arthur-Axel-fREW-Schmidt More than 1 year ago
It was neat to read an alternate history book like this one, but the Newman falls into name dropping way too easily. The story was weirdly stilted; it felt like it was over before it was actually over twice before the ending. If it weren't for the famous characters the story would not have been good at all. Would not read again.
Darkstarr More than 1 year ago
This book was fun to read - entertaining and unique. A paranormal, alternate history.
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Kim Newman never disappoints
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As said above the only thing original about this book is the premise that Dracula is married to a widowed Queen Victoria. There is hardly an original idea and far to many characters in this book. It jumps back and for between said characters that I found myself loosing interest quickly. And the final chapter was a vague attempt to make the story go out with a bang. If this is your cup of tea, then read it. Me, I deleted it when I was finished.
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This book was not particularly well written, the characters poorly developed and the historic personages were poorly selected.
book_wrm More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise of the book -- Dracula fulfills his mission to overtake England and create a "new" future where vampires are members of society. The distracting downside is the author's insistence on adding dozens of tangential characters who do nothing to further the plot. The appear to serve the author's self-aggrandizing agenda of showing off his immense knowledge of the most obscure vampire references throughout literature and film. It's a good story, but be prepared to wade through some irrelevant tangents and even more irrelevant characters.
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lasloremlik More than 1 year ago
Very intriguing concept that was obviously well researched. Looking forward to reading the sequel as well as additional books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if Dracula had married Queen Victoria, amazing idea, sometimes difficult to get through the book, but overall good read,
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