Historical monster novels are pretty much everywhere these days from Pride and Prejudice with Zombies to Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter but way back in...moreHistorical monster novels are pretty much everywhere these days from Pride and Prejudice with Zombies to Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter but way back in 1992 Kim Newman unleashed possibly the finest example - Anno Dracula.
I first heard about this book maybe about 8 years ago but it was impossible to find, thankfully it has now been reprinted (with its sequels to follow next year)
Enter a world where Count Dracula has married Queen Victoria and Vampires are pretty much dominating the British Empire everyone from politicians to police officers are one of the undead. Then the Silver Knife killer (commonly known as Jack the Ripper) starts murdering vampire prostitutes and all hell breaks lose.
What I love about the story is the mix of fact (obviously Jack the Ripper existed) with fictional characters we know. Lestrade from the Sherlock Holmes novels turns up as a minor character and Holmes himself has been shipped of to prison for being too dangerous to the crown. Historical figures like Oscar Wilde make appearances but the real bulk of the story comes from characters from Bram Stoker's Dracula who exist as real people in this world.
Wonderfully fun and gripping book, I look forward to the sequels.(less)