Anno Dracula

Anno Dracula

by Kim Newman

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A brilliant, ambitious new novel speculates on Dracula's survival. Set in Victorian England, this chilling tale wonders, "What if Count Dracula didn't die via the stake, but managed to become an adviser to the Queen? And what if Jack the Ripper was in reality none other than Bram Stoker's hero, Jack Seward, killing off vampiric whores?" HC: Carroll & Graf.

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ISBN-13: 9781781167502
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Sales rank: 465,484
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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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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

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Anno Dracula 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 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.
CatheOlson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm very glad to have discovered this original, complicated but enthralling book by Kim Newman. In this take-off of Bram Stokers Dracula, the Count survived execution and went on to become the consort of Queen Victoria in 1888. England is made up of the "un-dead" and the "warm," and when a killer 'Silver Knife' begins murdering vampire prostitutes, they must work together to track him down. Many names from the original Dracula, as well as other literary works find this way into the story, which is fun.I had a little trouble sticking with this book at first--it is quite complex and with many characters--but once I got pulled in, I could not put the book down. I highly recommend this for fans of the original Dracula.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vampires. They are everywhere and here's one resurrected and reduxed for the new millennium. Anno Dracula has an interesting premise, historical vampire fiction in an alternate time-line. Funky. There are some interesting and quirky characters in there, however the style of narrative (an historical slant to the prose) makes hard reading at times and draws out the pace making the slower parts rather painful. When the ante is up though (midpoint and endgame) Anno Dracula is a blast and enjoyably frenetic. Alas, it's too little and too sparse to create a real memorable piece of vampire fiction - you'll recall the idea, which is great, although possibly not the execution.
soliloquies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bizarre, yet enjoyable, read in a world where Queen Victoria is married to Dracula and several fictional characters are 'real'. Newman's own creations Charles and Genevieve are drawn together to investigate the 'Jack the Ripper' murders. The reader knows who the killer is from the start (which makes a change) and we get to watch Charles and Genevieve solve the crime. Loved the cameos from eminent Victorians (fictional and otherwise) but did find aspects of the book too vampire heavy.
AdonisGuilfoyle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the first hundred pages, Kim Newman's homage to vampires is little more than a clever but convoluted series of in-jokes, cramming in characters from Bram Stoker's novel and other popular Victorian works of fiction, from Sherlock Holmes to Jekyll and Hyde. Then the plot starts to pick up speed, and two of Newman's best characters - his own - get together. Charles Beauregard is a secret agent working for a government agency known as the Diogenes Club (Conan Doyle again). Genevieve Dieudonne is a centuries old vampire, one of the 'elders' in the new society, who was 'turned' as a sixteen year old girl in Joan of Arc's France. Now, in 1888, Victoria is on the throne, but her prince consort is none other than Count Dracula. Three years after the events of Stoker's novel (retconned to fit with the Ripper murders), Van Helsing and Harker are dead, Godalming and Mina are undead, and Britain is under the control of 'new-born' vampires. A vicious murderer known as 'Silver Knife' or 'Jack the Ripper' is also stalking the streets of Whitechapel, slaying vampire prostitutes. Charles is hired by the head of the Diogenes Club - Professor Moriarty - to track down the killer, and joins forces with Genevieve to better understand his quarry.*Spoilers?*The fusing of fact and fiction is cleverly thought out by Newman, offering a workable theory as to the identity of the infamous Ripper - Jack Seward, doctor and rejected suitor in Stoker's Dracula. I'm not really giving away the plot there either, because Seward helpfully dictates his shattered sanity and twisted crimes onto his beloved phonograph throughout the story. The 'cameo' appearances from historical and literary names alike - Lestrade, Lord Ruthven, Doctor Moreau, Oscar Wilde and the Elephant Man - also make sense, for the most part, but Newman does go overboard with his inclusion of every vampire, on page and screen, since Polidori and Le Fanu.*End spoilers*What rescued the story for me, binding together the premise, plot, and borrowed cast of characters, was quite simply the interaction between Charles and Genevieve. He is the unflappable British spy, masking his deep grief over the death of his wife with intelligence and diplomacy, and she is the sophisticated, powerful creature of the night who breaks through his defences. Even without the mystery of 'whodunit', Charles and Genevieve kept me reading until the end. Classy Genevieve, the bloated and truly evil Dracula (who isn't merely a misunderstood, lonely old man in Newman's alternative history), and the acquired popular mythology of gothic novels, are what vampire fiction is all about. Definitely recommended for Dracula devotees, and there are another two novels in the series: Anno Dracula: The Bloody Red Baron is being reprinted in 2012.
aadyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was something that could have gone well or could have crashed horribly. Luckily, it was the latter. A familiarity with Bram Stokers original is helpful and will deepen your enjoyment as will any knowledge of a certain late Victorian Whitechapel murderer. Good alternative history with a horror twist. Certainly engenders a feeling of wanting to know what happened next and looking forward to the next in the series. My copy had extras in the form of an alternative ending, some notes on certain of the characters and even a screen play based upon the novel. At times, the novel seemed over long, but this was not pronounced, and the pacing was in general, excellent. Worth a read for novice and afficiando alike
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a clever reworking of the Dracula myth as it creates an alternate universe in which Dracula survives the attack lead by Van Helsing and cements his power over the United Kingdom by marrying Queen Victoria. Newman¿s fiction cleverly mixes fact ¿ Montague Druitt (one of the suspects in the Ripper case) features ¿ and fiction ¿ as well as the characters from Dracula , Jack Seward and Arthur Holmwood, he uses other characters from the literature canon, Lord Ruthven and Mycroft Holmes amongst others.The Silver Knife is terrorising Whitechapel, killing poor vampire prostitutes, so the Diogenes Club calls in Charles Beauregard, a `warm¿ to investigate. Simultaneously an elder vampire, who still looks 16, Genevieve Dieuxdonne, who cares for the poor, both vampire and `warm¿, of Whitechapel, also starts to look into the murders. Although the identity of the Silver Knife, later renamed Jack the Ripper, is revealed in the first pages of the book, Newman cleverly keeps up the tension by mixing in civil unrest and conspiracy theories. I also really liked that Newman¿s vampires are real visceral beings, who kill and maim, not the effete `vegetarian¿ sparkly vampires of later twentieth century and early twenty first century fiction. Yes there are vampires like Genevieve who try not to kill or maim, unless there is good reason, but we are never in any doubt that she is a dangerous being. Having said all of that I found this a really hard book to get into and I won¿t be rushing to read any of the sequels.
Arbitrex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of my poor review comes from a mistake of my own - I re-read Stoker's Dracula prior to reading this one. Let's just say that Anno is immensely divergent from Stoker's (and I am not talking the 'alternate' part), and it disappointed me greatly that he strayed so far from Stoker's tone and in particular, the characters. At first it was interesting to see the other characters from the doctor Seward's 'survivor' perspective - a little seedier, a little less heroic than Stoker's portrayal, but soon it becomes clear that these are not even remotely the same characters. It isn't a mere point of view; they are now evil, petty, selfish, vain, shallow caricatures of what they once were - and those are the characters you all know and love. Sadly, what story there is barely treads water in a vast sea of name-dropping. Every fictional character of that era seems to find a mention or cameo, but far too often to little or no entertaining effect, and their characterizations rarely match your own memory of them. This is the central conceit of these novels and maybe some people will love it, but by the end I thought it was just plain tedious.
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.