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Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,096 Ratings  ·  766 Reviews
"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
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ebook, 560 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Titan Books (first published 1992)
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Amanda
In Victorian England, history has taken a peculiar turn: Queen Victoria has married Vlad Tepes, who has turned the Queen, restored her youth, and given her eternal life. With the Queen of England and her Prince Consort counted among the undead, it's not long before it becomes a fashionable choice, and even a political necessity, to embrace the Dark Kiss that brings immortality. High-born and low-born alike have renounced their "warm" lives in favor of the "red thirst." To accommodate the societa ...more
F.R.
Dec 01, 2015 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dracula, Jack the Ripper, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde, Mycroft Holmes and the Diogenes Club, Doctor Jekyll, Dr Moreau, Fu Manchu, Bill Sykes, Rupert of Hentzau, John Merrick, Gilbert & Sullivan, The Invisible Man: the game to play here is ‘spot how many Victorian references the exquisitely moustachioed Kim Newman can cram into ‘Anno Dracula’; although the real question is – as always in these cases –can he make them congeal into a book that matters?

I’ve meant to read ‘Anno Dracula’ for such
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Stephen Theaker
Sep 28, 2008 Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read any fiction by Kim Newman before, though I've always enjoyed his film reviews for Empire magazine. I'm pretty sure I haven't read Dracula either, though I've seen plenty of film versions of it.

The twin premise here is that Dracula was not defeated at the end of Bram Stoker's novel, and that he existed in the same world as many other fictional characters.

It's hard to mention that second bit without thinking of Alan Moore's later League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There are other sim
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William
Mar 19, 2008 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire-fiction
1888 London, and Dracula is hanging out with Queen Victoria, while in Whitechapel, prostitutes are dying strange bloody deaths...

It's obvious that the author had a lot of fun writing this, and I had just as much reading it. Historical fact mixed with Newman's particular sense of whimsy and walk on parts from fictional characters from the Victorian era, it's a tremendous mixture.

The ending comes a bit too quickly, and old Drac becomes a bit of a comic parody of a vampire lord, but all in all I l
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snowgray

This book was recommended to me by the owners of a gaming store (the Magic-and-Warhammer type), and I was eager to read it based on the premise of “vampires are ‘out’ and taking over.” I knew that Dracula would be a character, and I didn’t mind that the rest of the Dracula cast appeared as well (in this version, Dracula’s invasion of England was successful, and he has married and turned Queen Victoria). What ended up bothering me was the ridiculous proliferation of spot-the-reference vampire app
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Stephen
4.5 stars. This was a very well thought out and very original novel (which is saying a lot for a book about Dracula and vampires). Super plot and great characters, together with the interweaving of both historic and literary figures make this a very worth while read. As good as the rest of the novel is, the final 30 pages and the description of Dracula and his "court" is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING (and brilliantly conceived) and brings this novel to the level of a MUST READ!!!

Nominee: World Fantasy Awar
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Juushika
In 1885, Count Dracula came to London to spread vampirism into the heart of Victorian England. But in this retelling of (literary) history, Van Helsing did not defeat Dracula; rather, Dracula succeeded, marrying Queen Victoria and becoming Prince Consort. Now, in 1888, vampires fill positions of powerbut also the streets of Whitechapel, where a murderer is killing and mutilating young vampire prostitutes. The attempt to catch him brings together a upper class adventurer named Charles Beauregard ...more
Biz
Sep 27, 2007 Biz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire and Horror fans
Shelves: horror
This was a book I found at a used book store. The description on the back read basically that van helsing failed to kill Dracula and he'd become the consort of Queen Victoria. Oh and Jack the Ripper is involved.

Any story that involves Jack the Ripper AND vampires, I am so there. This was an amazing book. I would love to find the following books in the series as I loved the characters, both original and literary cameos. it was a wonderful blend and I've found I enjoy books that do that.

If you can
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Fiona
Gutted. I had such high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, it is the problem with a lot of steampunk-style novels, in my experience: it sacrifices plot, characters, any semblance dramatic tension in favour of Victoriana and corsetry. This is clever-dick writing, and I don't like it.

The broadest, hand-waviest of plots: Harker, Van Helsing Et Al fail to kill off Dracula, who survives, gets married to Queen Victoria, and establishes his own autocracy. Jack the Ripper is still a Thing, only this tim
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Jen
Oct 30, 2012 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Is there such a thing as 'too much of a good thing'? When it comes to Anno Dracula, I think the answer, sadly, is yes.

According to the Wikipedia page, Kim Newman managed to fit in something like 99 fictional references and 30 some odd historical references on top of any original characters the book gave us. For me, it became a slog instead of a joy to get through the book - it was as if Newman got caught up in a game of 'let's see how clever we are' and couldn't stop.

On top of that, giving us th
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Peggy
Aug 14, 2007 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here’s another really cool vampire book out there that you won’t see unless you get really lucky at the used bookstore: Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula. Imagine a world where the Fearless Vampire Hunters failed and Dracula survived. Now imagine that the Romanian Count became the Prince Consort to the widowed Queen Victoria. The sudden high profile of vampires (many of whom you’ve met before) draws hundreds of the undead to England, creating a whole new class system. In the midst of all of this class u ...more
Tara
Aug 08, 2007 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any horror/vampire fan
Shelves: loved-it
I happened upon this book at a book sale and got it really cheap. I really loved how the author mixed historical facts into the fiction. This book had all of my favorite things: Victorian London, Jack the Ripper, Count Dracula, sex, intrigue and action! What a great roller coaster ride for the imagination.
Kat
Jan 01, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having heared nothing but good reviews of this book, I was not at all disappointed when I finally managed to get my hands on a copy.
Kim Newman manages to mix real events, fiction of his own devising and existing fictional elements with aplomb. Fans of horror/nineteenth century fiction will have fun spotting the cameos from real and fictional figures, some more obscure than others. However, it would be easy to make this book sound gimmicky. Even if I hadn't recognised any of the references, I st
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Ryan
Aug 28, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock, or Comic Book Junkies
I came across this a while ago when looking into alternative history as a genre ... I think it was on a list of overlooked sci-fi novels alongside some Michael Moorcock and mysterious sounding titles like "Motherfuckers: The Auschwitz of Oz" (which I later found described as Lautreamont and Sade meet Roald Dahl). I was intrigued.

If you ever read those "what if" comics as a kid, you're familiar with the exercise; what if Van Helsing hadn't killed Dracula ... and instead, Dracula had used his pow
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Adam
May 11, 2009 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ripperologists, madmen, and Englishmen
Trash/pulp concept (Jack the Ripper vs. Dracula!) brought to levels of near genius. A nightmare retelling of the Victorian era with everything you would want from a novel; romance, intrigue, plots and counterplots, political skullduggery, social critique, great characters, and an encyclopedia of literary in-jokes. The book is a tour of Victorian ideas and characters (whether real or plucked the back pages of literature). The vampire culture is fully realized and interesting. Fans of Alan Moore’s ...more
Gulen
Nov 17, 2012 Gulen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hersey Vlad Tepes yani Drakula'nın 19. YY sonlarına doğru dönemim İngiltere kraliçesi ile evlenmesinde sonrasında başlıyor, vampir fahişeleri hedef alan bir seri katilin yakalanması ana temasının ardında fakirlik, yabancılaşma ve öteki olma, toplumdaki adaletsiz yapı üzerinde durulmaya çalışılmış. Vampirlik ile sonsuz yaşam elde edilirken fakir yine fakir kalıyor ve birkaç damla kan için vücutlarını satmak zorunda kalan vampir kadınlar, politik adaletsizlikler, entrika gözler önüne seriliyor. So ...more
Chris
This is a somewhat strange book, but it presents an interesting "What if". The premise is that Dracula won and took over England. Instead of using just historical characters, Newman brings in famous Victorian fictional characters as well (most notably in reference to Sherlock Holmes). This is risky because it makes two sets of fictional characters (Newman's own and those character he borrows) as well as real historical figures. It works because Newman has done his research, not only in terms of ...more
⊱ Irena ⊰
1888. England is a fascist-like country. The events in this book take place after those in Stoker's Dracula with a couple of changes, the most important of them being who won that particular battle. Vlad Tepes destroyed Van Helsing's small group, but he left a few survivors.
Now, he is the Prince Consort, vampires are out, and someone is butchering Whitechapel vampire prostitutes. There is no mystery of who Jack the Ripper is since the first chapter reveals that fact. Every chapter by the Ripper
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 13, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
This grew on me. It's an alternate universe of Stoker's Dracula, where he survived Van Helsing and marries the widowed Queen Victoria. I had some resistance to this premise--this was an age where a constitutional crises was caused by Victoria wanting to retain her ladies in waiting--I couldn't imagine her being allowed to marry Dracula, or the changes that followed which are written of being started by the crown--nor could I understand why it didn't touch off war, civil and international.

Howeve
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Matthew Kresal
Jul 25, 2011 Matthew Kresal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of alternate history more then I am of vampires. But having always had an interest in Bram Stoker's Dracula I was surprised to learn via a documentary on vampire novels that the two had been combined together into one novel by British critic and novelist Kim Newman. Anno Dracula is a fine example of the alternate history genre, combining the what might have been in reality with one of literature's great tales of horror.

The novel's premise is a simple yet interesting one to be sure. Wh
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Peter Heinrich
Aug 17, 2011 Peter Heinrich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, fantasy
Boy, was this ever a chore. It was a long way to go for not very much. The premise is mildly interesting, but the story is superficial and doesn't deliver the back-story or real character development that should have built on it.

It does deliver blood, though, lots and lots of blood. It also bombards the reader with "clever" references to other vampire literature and film, as well as real and fictional personages contemporary with Jack the Ripper. It's a neat idea, but the novelty wears off quick
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Brian
Jun 02, 2011 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this one quite some time ago, and enjoyed it, but as with so many books, I ultimately got distracted by something else before finishing it. But the novel’s compelling premise stuck with me: What would have happened if Van Helsing and company had failed to eradicate Dracula?

I had to find out, so I exhumed my old paperback and devoured it afresh.

Much has been written about Dracula as Victorian “invasion” literature. Anno Dracula is set in a world where that invasion has succeeded
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Julia
May 03, 2011 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Dewey at RexRobotReviews.com

This may be the most interesting take on the Dracula story I have read to date. And it is well worth reading for true fans of the mesmerizing and infamous story.

This book seems to pick up where the original left off. It takes you through the political aspects of life within London as vampires are becoming a part of normal society. The choice to become vampire is increasing and causing many changes within the society’s social rankings and way of life. It fo
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Milo (Bane of Kings)
Original Post, with links to other reviews: http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/05/....

“An awesome look into a Britain that could have been. Fun, brutal, page-turning and highly enjoyable – Anno Dracula is a must read for anyone who loves alternate history with vampires. This is one novel that you won’t want to miss.” ~The Founding Fields


I don’t know why it took me too long to read Anno Dracula. I’d heard about it for a while, but I finally picked it up with a couple of other books at the beginni
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Anthony Ryan
Sep 27, 2014 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim Newman enlists a cannon of characters from the shelves of popular fiction to craft a highly entertaining alternative history of a 19th century London where Queen Victoria has fallen under the sway of a certain Transylvanian nobleman with an aversion to sunlight. Some of this may seem familiar to fans of Alan Moore's 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' or the recent 'Penny Dreadful' TV series, but it should be remembered that Kim Newman got there first and, in my opinion, did it better. In sh ...more
Shan
Aug 06, 2012 Shan rated it really liked it
So much fun, I can't wait to read the next one in the series (and maybe the rest of Newman's work, too). I love the reinterpretation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the nods to other larger-than-life literary characters (vampire and otherwise) are too numerous to count. And unlike some others I could name, this is a vampire-human romance that has some real complexity.
Thomas
Jan 11, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, re-read
With a lot of books, the premise is enough to sell me on the idea of reading them. Anno Dracula is one of those books. The novel is set in 1888, where Dracula has wed the widowed Queen Victoria, thus legalizing vampirism and making it more or less acceptable. Dr. Alan Seward, however, still harbors a lot of anger toward Dracula for killing Lucy, and takes it upon himself to begin ridding Whitechapel of the vampire prostitutes populating that area. That he has to remove vital organs and mutilate ...more
Sam
Feb 17, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Having read the third in the Anno Dracula series a number of years ago I was looking forward to reading this one and I certainly wasn't disappointed. In fact I enjoyed this one even more with it's combination of famous and not so famous fictional and historical characters (which Newman does run through at the end of this version explaining where he got them from and why he used them). The merging of the Jack the Ripper and Dracula stories is beautifully done maintaining the real-life horror of t ...more
Laura
Jul 14, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by a friend who enjoys historical fiction & sci-fi. I didn't know what to expect from the book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Premise: Dracula woos and wins the Dowager Queen and becomes the Prince Consort of Victorian England. The story itself is interesting, but what I truly enjoyed was how the author weaves a tale rewriting history, including all of the famous historical and literary figures of Victorian England. You encounter everyone from Oscar Wilde & Be ...more
Lilyan
Imagine a 19th century London where Dracula (Vlad Tepes, The Impaler) has defeated Van Helsing, turned the queen of England and became the Prince Consort. Now imagine that one of Helsing's ex-crew member (Seward)went a bit cuckoo in the head and started killing vampire prostitutes, earning the name of... Jack the Ripper. Sounds like a pretty awesome solid plot, huh? That's what I thought too. Unfortunately, I was not impressed.

This whole book was an ode to 19th century bibliophiles and historia
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Note: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not onl
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