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Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula 1) [Paperback]

Kim Newman
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27 May 2011 Anno Dracula 1
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 tells the story of 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.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; Reprint edition (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680839
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

'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

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

'A brilliantly witty parallel-world saga… builds sure-footedly to bravura climax which entirely redefines "Victorian values"' --Daily Telegraph

'A tour de force which succeeds brilliantly' --The Times

About the Author

Kim Newman is a well known and respected author and movie critic. 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 writes regularly for Empire Magazine and contributes to The Guardian, The Times, Time Out and others. He makes frequent appearances on radio and TV.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, gripping (monster) mash 29 May 2011
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a fabulous confection of Victoriana Vampira; a glorious confabulation of actual history, fiction of the late 19th century and the cult of the vampire. It's wonderful. Stop reading the reviews and buy it: I was transfixed and swallowed the whole substantial tome in two sittings. Don't plan on doing anything else for the weekend!

Kim Newman writes pacy, fast-moving chapters which follow the action in Victorian London a few years after Bram Stoker's Dracula left off. Except in this universe, Van Helsing and co weren't the winners and instead Dracula's plan has come to fruition. The undead have seized the reins of power and are on course to dominate the world via the British empire, when Jack the Ripper starts his campaign of terror in the East End -- slaughtering vampire prostitutes in this alternate imaginary reality.
The result is a total romp, a thoroughly pleasing mix of Holmes' era detective novel and true gothic chiller. There are good and bad characters on all sides, and Newman gets to develop and explore his own interpretation of vampirism and how it might spread into the mainstream. Just about every well known vamp of the era gets a name-check, along with sundy dozens of recognisable characters (real and fictional). But it doesn't matter is all that passes you by -- the core story is itself extremely rewarding, with a big, punchy payoff.

This revised version, with all the extra goodies is really worth buying, too. I'd read the original novella, way back when, but enjoyed this version all over again.
9/10
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in print - thank you Titan Books! 7 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've got quite a few of Newman's books but, alas, I missed out on this when it first appeared almost 20 years ago (and it has now been out of print for the past 17). Despite living in the Glasgow/Edinburgh area, I've never in all those years came across a secondhand copy - and even the old UK and US paperbacks go for a pretty sum on eBay.

Well, thanks to the good folks at Titan Books it's now back in print - and not simply a reprint with a spanking new cover.

Think of this as the DVD equivalent of a 20th Anniversary Special Edition, for it comes with 120 pages of bonus material:

*alternate scenes and endings
*16 pages of annotations
*extracts from the author's unproduced screenplay
*essays
*and even a bonus short story.

Also, the main text features minor corrections to the 1992 edition.

Titan will also reissue the other two novels in the sequence, together with the long-awaited fourth volume, Johnny Alucard.

Got my copy this morning, and I'm really chuffed to bits: glad, now, I didn't fork out for an old copy off eBay or Abebooks - this new B-format edition is far superior.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Vampire Tale 10 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
Anno Dracula is a novel that has been on my `to read' list for years. Mrs Cheesecake has mentioned it in passing many times. She read the short story version when it was first published as Red Reign, in the collection the Mammoth Book of Vampires in 1992. Her enjoyment of this prompted her to seek out the novel when it was released later that year. Mrs Cheesecake suggested that I give this a whirl when the re-release appeared again recently.

I read Bram Stoker's Dracula many moons ago, what self respecting horror fan hasn't? Anno Dracula is pitched as a direct sequel based on the premise that Van Helsing and his group failed. Dracula has survived their encounter and wormed his way into the highest echelons of Victorian society and marries the Queen to become Prince Consort.

Charles Beauregard is an agent of the Diogenes Club, a secret cabal tasked with protecting the crown. He is ordered to bring Silver Knife to justice and protect new-born vampires from the serial killers' wrath. Charles is the very definition of a Victorian gentleman. He comes across as single minded and driven. He is willing to sacrifice his private life in order to get results.

Genevieve Dieudonne is an elder vampire, older than Dracula himself, who works as a doctor in a charitable hospital in the heart of Whitechapel. She is appalled with the way the Count's bloodline is corrupting society. Genevieve is quite a mysterious character. She has been a vampire for hundreds of years and travelled the world but the reader only gets a small glimpse of her experiences.

The two characters meet at a crime scene, and discover they have a common goal. The two find themselves working together to stop the killings, and their partnership is one of the highlights of the novel for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but shallow 10 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
While I was reading this book, I kept thinking of both "From Hell" and "I am Legend". It doesn't stand comparison with either. The author has an interesting if slightly formulaic premise, and he executes in in a lively but formulaic way. The two central characters are paper thin melodramatic stereotypes. Beauregard shows little sign of being a great spy, and Genevieve shows little sign of world-weariness. There are a handful of interesting observations, and we start to get into questions of whether morality is defined by a sense of common humanity, or can extend beyond that. But we don't get very far on those questions. Unlike the books mentioned above, and other great science fiction / fantasy (including "Dracula") this isn't a profound analysis of what defines humanity, or a social critique, or anything like that. It's just a bit of fun, and on that level it scores, but not enough to make me want to read the rest of the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Genevieve? Seriously?
The concept is great, the execution lacking. Maybe if I knew/cared about Victorian England I'd have a different opinion? Read more
Published 1 month ago by sceptic90@hotmail.com
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me
Too way out for me, the idea was clever and may appeal to those who do not just stick to the Bram Stoker Dracula.
Published 1 month ago by carol williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
Unfortunately I allowed myself to be influenced on this occasion by other peoples' reviews instead of following my gut instincts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by anon
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Possibly the worst book I've read in a very long time. I understand this is the first in a series. Not one I shall be reading.
Published 2 months ago by SJ Coombs
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and exciting alt. hist.
The book is an interesting exploration of Victorian London, if practically every Victorian setting detective story and vampire story were true. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J Pape
5.0 out of 5 stars Anno Dracula
It was my brother that first discovered this book when first out and has become a favourite amongst the family, a hugely imaginative reworking of a classic, would love to see this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bogster
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural satire with teeth!
I wondered; is it a bit late to review a vampire novel from 1992? Or, is it quite pertinent, given the rise of vampire themed books, films and TV shows? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bret Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Dorian Gray meets the Were-Wolf (with a hyphen)
Well I expect you all "got" Professor Moriarty and his side kick Colonel Moran but how about Raffles? The Lone Ranger? Bill Sykes?............... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Kim Newman is a genius, im just sorry i had to sit through Twilight before i stumbled up-on this series.
Published 11 months ago by Nisha
1.0 out of 5 stars Not believable
Too many charcters introduced too quickly. Too many different ideas pulled from all over the place. Couldn't remember who was a vampire and who wasn't.
Published 11 months ago by A. Paganuzzi
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