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The Bloody Red Baron (Anno Dracula #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,163 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
Set 30 years after the events in Newman's acclaimed Anno Dracula, Bloody Red Baron presents a gripping, alternative 20th-century where nations are ruled by undead monsters, and a war rages between the living and the dead, ancient magic and modern science, and oppression and freedom.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published January 21st 1997 by HarperCollins (first published 1995)
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Dec 01, 2015 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graf Dracula is back! Having been thrown out of power in Britain at the end of Anno Dracula, the Transylvanian bloodsucker has now gained the good graces of Kaiser Wilhelm and launched the world into an all encompassing war. Now it’s 1918 and both sides are anxious to make a big push to end the combat, but this being the newly modern world, the true heroes are the ones who fight in the sky.

Essentially this should be the dirt and grime of the Victorian age swapped for the dirt and grime and terro
Nos encontramos en una Europa que nunca fue, una Europa en la que Vlad Tepes, Drácula, ha extendido el vampirismo. Estamos ante una ucronía que empezó con ‘El año de Drácula’ (Anno Dracula), donde Drácula se casaba con la Reina Victoria, convirtiéndose el Londres victoriano en su refugio, y donde vampiros y cálidos llegaban a convivir. Se podía decir que el vampirismo era un factor social más, una opción. De esta manera, Kim Newman mezcla ficción y realidad, personajes históricos y ficticios, en ...more
Baal Of
Aug 29, 2014 Baal Of rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this volume as much as the previous, primarily because of my specific anti-fascination for world wars I and II. Once I got past the first third of the book, and the story had developed beyond the bounds of aerial warfare, I found the story more interesting. The concept of the vampire shape-shifted flying squadron was well-executed, and made this more interesting than a typical WWI alternate history tale of the kind that typical doesn't interest me. The best horrific scene in the b ...more
May 23, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monsters
After the events of Anno Dracula, Dracula has moved to Germany and is effectively running their Great War campaign. Although characters from the first book and indeed various parts of fiction and history do appear, this is a much more enclosed story.

The main focus is on Edwin Winthrop, a member of the Diogenes Club instructed by Charles Beauregard, is sent to investigate the Red Baron. Meanwhile, the vampire Edgar Allan Poe has been employed as the biographer of the Red Baron himself and discov
Alejandro Jose Vasquez
Perhaps the best book in the series. It's got everything: vampires, revenge, sex, dogfights, Kafkaesque bureaucracy with Kafka himself, Edgar Poe as a proto-Nazi, goddamn Dracula, and references to like a hundred books and movies. Newman's writing is vivid and clear enough that I could understand and visualize the aerial battle scenes without knowing anything about plane fights. He also goes full pulp with this one, crafting a story of German mad scientists making the Red Baron and other pilots ...more
Apr 02, 2015 N.P. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
This is the second in Kim Newman’s imagining of a world where vampires are now a part of society and Dracula is a major political figure. He has brought the action forward to the tail end of World War 1 for this. The story revolves around a young spy in the Diogenes Club called Edwin Walthrop who does the bidding of Charles Beauregard, the main protagonist from the first Anno Dracula. He has to try to work out what Dracula, who is now a close consort of the Kaiser, is planning as it becomes evid ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely liked it less than the first Anno Dracula book, but I'm still giving it four stars, mainly because the bonus novella at the end was a lot of fun.

Regarding The Bloody Red Baron itself, I liked that Kate Reed and Edwin Winthrop, who can be said to take the place of Geneviève and Beauregard, are less stereotypical, more human and more flawed. I liked seeing how people of Beauregard's generation made the transition from the Victorian era to the 1910s (I believe in this AU they have a Ki
Riju Ganguly
Apr 29, 2012 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I had read this book in its previous "Avatar", this edition, brought out by the good folks at Titan Books, really works much better. Since the core concept of this novel, set in the alternate universe which is so unlike ours (because Dracula had won there) and yet so similar (we have nearly everything of "this" universe, including Americanised pop-culture!) is rather well-known, I would confine myself simply in gushing about the new things that have been incorporated in this version by ...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
Dec 01, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallory Heart Reviews by: Hearts on Fire Reviews
Reviewing for Hearts on Fire Reviews.

Review: My great thanks to Titan Books, who have reprinted the “Anno Dracula” series by outstanding author Kim Newman. The title translates, of course, from Latin, as “Year of Dracula” (as in “Anno Domini,” or “Year of Our Lord,” the medieval Roman Catholic designation on the calendar). This series takes Dracula, that inimitable, ubiquitous, and arrogant former Eastern European tyrant, from Victorian England (where he was, temporarily, Prince Consort to belov
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A ridiculously enjoyable book in a ridiculously enjoyable series. This is the sequel to Anno Dracula, which had Genevieve and Charles Beauregard chase Jack The Ripper through the fog-choked streets of Victorian London, as ruled by the Prince Regent, Dracula. Not to spoil it or anything, but at the end of the book revolution was kindled and Dracula ejected from Britain. Now he's in Germany, running the War for Kaiser Wilhelm. Warm and dead alike are chewed up in the muddy fields of France as the ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second novel in this series sees us move on from the events of England in 1888 and Jack the Ripper.

It is now 1914. The Great War is underway between Germany and the rest of Europe. Count von Dracula has fled England after The Terror (in Book One) and is now Graf von Dracula, commander in chief of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Fighting against England and his old enemies Charles Beauregard and the secret Diogenes Club, vampires and humans (‘warm bodies’) are dying in the trenches though the la
Nov 16, 2015 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
One thing I really liked about this was the way in which its retelling of the First World War in the vampiric alternative of our actual history is remade in the image of the Second World War in many ways... a kind of telescoping that was very effective.
He writes rather slowly - I mean, it takes forever for things to happen. The descriptions are overly long. And the last part of the book - it was just tacked on to the end - nothing to do with the main story. But interesting.
Tyler Dean
Mar 25, 2016 Tyler Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tyler by: Eric Luke
The middle chapter of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula trilogy is a fascinating evolution of the premise of the previous novel. Where Anno Dracula asks what would happen if Dracula had triumphed over van Helsing at the end of Stoker's novel and gone on to rule late-Victorian England as Prince Consort, the second novel is, on one level, a similar treatment of WWI, in which a disgraced Dracula allies with his nephew-by-marriage, Kaiser Wilhelm II, to become the bloodthirsty graf he had been in life, it a ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dertig jaar na Anno Dracula! Dracula zelf is uit Engeland weggejaagd en heeft postgevat aan de zijde van de Kaiser.

Zoals Anno Dracula een ode was aan de grote Victoriaanse vampierenverhalen, is dit een mengeling van vampieren en Eerste Wereldoorlog en andere ficrie begin 20ste eeuw: Docteur Mabuse, Dr. Caligari, Doctor Moreau, Jay Gatsby, Graf Orlok, Rotwang (van Metropolis), Robur (le conquérant), Biggles, Herwert West (re-animator!), Simon Templar -- en echte personen: Poe, Kafka, Mata Hari, F
Jerry Kimbro
Jun 29, 2014 Jerry Kimbro rated it it was amazing

Book Review:
The Bloody Red Baron
by Kim Newman

This book is the startling sequel to the now classic Anno Dracula- the book that re-imagined Bram Stoker’s vampire tale with the premise that Dracula was not defeated by Van Helsing and his friends- but in fact triumphed and ceased control of the British Monarchy.

This is thirty years later and it is now 1918. And we find that Dracula survived the bloody civil war that forced him off the British Throne and he has fled to Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany. B
Nerine Dorman
Apr 02, 2014 Nerine Dorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I’ve read book two of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series, I’m beginning to wonder whether I am the right reader for his stories. Granted, I’ve pushed through because I felt I needed to see what he’s plotted, but by the time I reached the end of The Bloody Red Baron, I remain ambivalent about Newman’s execution. And the thing is, I really want to like him – especially because of his subject matter.

Newman continues to look at an alternate world history had Dracular survived, and picks up a
Feb 21, 2014 Verushka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Recently, I found my way to a blog and a post about the vampires in the supernatural and fantasy genre (I did comment on the post, but I cannot for the life of me find it again). The post questioned whether the vampire had to return to being a psychopath, a killer as the genre currently features more of the vampire bad boy in a romantic setting and everything the creature was has been lost.

I agree that more often than
Tony Mac
Jan 13, 2016 Tony Mac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Anno Dracula extravaganza (no other word to describe these books!) turns to WW1 for its alternative history lesson, and it's every bit as impressive and enjoyable as its predecessor.

If anything the fantasy element is ramped up even further this time. Whereas the opening book at least had the comfortably gothic environment of Victorian London to work in, this effort has to incorporate its demons into the bloody mayhem of the Flanders trenches, which is a bit more of a stretch. It gets away
Jul 22, 2013 Zack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more 3.5 stars than a full four, but I enjoyed this; Newman's ability to mash in hundreds of references to various movies, books, and historical personages augments a strong, unsettling story about the possible realities of a vampire-dominated Great War. And he does a great job conveying the subtle, unsettling -wrongness- of a world infested with the nosferatu, without making vampirism a villainous quality in and of itself. Great, grim fun, and I look forward to the next in the series.
Jennie Rigg
I don't generally like war fiction, so that probably colours my feelings towards this book. While as full of clever little references as the previous Anno Dracula volume (Jerry Dandridge LOL) a lot of them were to books I have never read and will never read (Biggles etc.) because of my dislike of war fiction.

I liked Kate, but not as much as Geneveive; I liked Edwin, but not as much as Charles. I felt Poe was completely out of place, and while his character felt right for him, he did not fit into
Dec 09, 2014 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This rating is for the novel only. The novella 'Vampire Romance', included in some versions, is noted separately below.

Bloody Red Baron is a bit of a disappointment. After the surprisingly adroit and stylish Anno Dracula, I'd hoped for a follow-up that had the intricacy and attention to character detail of its predecessor. Bloody Red Baron is not that novel. If the point is to thematically demonstrate the folly and ultimately uselessness of the first World War, well, the novel accomplishes tha
Robb Bridson
May 29, 2015 Robb Bridson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being forced from his position as Prince Consort of England, Dracula trades his Count title for the German equivalent Graf and goes on to take high position in Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm.
Bad things ensue.

As with the first novel, there are many storylines to follow, which is good, because I didn't care much for the Edwin Winthrop storyline. For one thing, I didn't like the character and for another, I don't have much a frame of reference for WWI dogfighting fiction.

But we also have Kate R
Apr 30, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second volume in the Anno Dracula sequence, this lacks the depth of the first volume. What it lacks in that regard it makes up for in narrative drive and excitement. In a novel take on the Red Baron, Dracula has moved from The UK to supporting the German war effort for his own ends.
An intense and fun addtion to the corpus of vampire fiction.
Although I pretty much agree with what seems to be the prevailing thought that this book isn't as good as the first one I still enjoyed this and found it a fun read.
Part of the fun is the introduction of characters from history...public domain characters and thinly disguised elements from popular fiction that are not within the public domain.
As an alternate history of WW 1 this book works...vampire and human right together for nationhood and the villain of the piece Dracula is the Kaisers right
Très chouette suite du fameux Anno Dracula en deux parties très distinctes.
La première partie est un authentique réquisitoire contre la guerre, et la seconde une enquête dans l'esprit d'Agatha Christie.
Je dois dire que, des deux, j'ai préféré la première.
Pour plusieurs raisons.
D'abord, au-delà de l'histoire sympathique, il y a une dénonciation claire de la guerre. En effet, que ce soit dans la vision d'un commandement avide de morts, comme dans la description de la vie du simple soldat, on voit
Jul 14, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Newman's Anno Dracula universe. It's so fun to spot the real life and literary characters in the warp. Edgar Allen Poe goes German propagandist, Moreau in a trench med bay, even Sherlock Holmes made an appearance this time around. The Red Baron was a tough enemy and obvioualy nothing would come close to resolution until the very end. The aerial fights were good, though I'm not an avid plane genre reader. The first novel was easily better than this one, probably because of the form ...more
Genevieve Finerty
This is the second in Kim Newman's alternate history series Anno Dracula. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first one, mainly because it no longer featured a vampire with the same name as me, and I did not find the male lead character as likeable as Charles Beauregard. I also don't usually find I enjoy war-time settings as enthralling. However, I really enjoyed the development of Kate's character and continued to enjoy the historical and literary references. I will most likely read the th ...more
Philip Boyes
Jun 15, 2014 Philip Boyes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Nice idea and world-building, but Newman's not the best writer in the world, by any stretch. The bonus novella's fun, though.
George Harris
Newman's follow-up to Anno Dracula, featuring the premise that Dracula survived the events of the eponymous novel and took over England. Here, he's moved on to Germany and strangely WWI has occurred exactly as it did in our world. Unfortunately, the shtick of including every recognizable character in the Western literary canon continues as well. Every character he stole from somewhere else, and alas, the narrative here is nowhere near as strong. When you include Biggles, the Shadow, and Edgar Al ...more
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