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Johnny Alucard

(Anno Dracula #4)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  934 ratings  ·  96 reviews
DRACULA COMES TO NEW YORK: Kim Newman returns to one of the great bestselling vampire tales of the modern era. Considered alongside I Am Legend and Interview with theVampire as one of the stand-out vampire stories of the last century - this brand-new novel is the first in over a decade from the remarkable and influential Anno Dracula series.

Newman’s dark and impish tale be
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon

Well, fuck.

I was a bit reticent to start this book. The first Anno Dracula book remains one of my favorite vampire novels to date. I loved the blending of history and fiction, mingling Queen Victoria and Jack the Ripper with Dracula and Mina and Dr. Seward, etc.

I was a bit less thrilled with the next two books, but I did like the third better than the second.

So when I heard about this new release in the series - I can't really say "long awaited" 'cause I had no idea there were even plans to
Horror DNA
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lauren-jankowski
I must admit, I had the lowest expectations for this book. I had my fill of vampires so, so long ago. Most modern vampires are neutered shadows of the creatures of the night. The best vampires come in one of two varieties: pure predatory instinct (best exemplified by Steve Niles' series 30 Days of Night, Vol. 1) or the sophisticated aristocrat with that dangerous edge (your classic Dracula). I'm happy to say Johnny Alucard was a wonderfully pleasant surprise. To put it simply: this is a remarkab ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: monsters
This is the fourth Anno Dracula book, the series of alternate history books where Dracula won and there are now vampires everywhere. Except this book covers the 1980s and 1990s, which seems odd because Dracula died in 1959 didn't he?

Well yes, but here we are introduced to Johnny Alucard, son-in-darkness of Dracula and a shrewd, scary vampire. The book follows him more than other characters from the series (although Kate, Genevieve and Penny do get quite a look in) as he heads to America and cha
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This volume of Anno Dracula is set in the 1970s through to the 1990s.

Like all of these books it jumps all over the place so you need to concentrate. Also like the other books it is chock full of pop culture references.

There are several 'WTF did I just read' moments, but, all in all, it was pretty enjoyable. You do have to have a familiarity with the Anno Dracula world though.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 on the basis of the subtle 'Christine' reference.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A splendid addition to the AD series. It's an assemblage of some previously published stories and new material, and the seams show, but these concerns are largely silenced by its many inspired moments and an unexpectedly moving finish.

Newman's level of inspiration seems to me to be higher here than in the two preceding volumes, and the darkness of his vision is closer to that of the original book than the lighter, often playful sequels. In reinventing Dracula so as to reflect our present diseas
Soukyan Blackwood
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: need-to-get
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Imagine America during the 60s to 80s – full of vampires. Andy Warhol? Vampire. Mad Men? Probably vampires. Vampires, just like the warm, feel the need and want to get famous, become movie stars, rock stars. Much like actual movie stars, famous people, rock stars – wish to become vampires. Problems are: some vampires don’t even show up on film, leaving them with such duties on set as special effects (ripping off clothing, carrying “floating” things aro
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did still enjoy this but it was a little disjointed compared to the smooth writing of the previous novels. I'm not sure if this is due to the time gap between this and the previous one in the series or whether this is because Newman has incorporated previously written novellas from the previous novels into this one. It does come together in the end though, in a rather pleasing and entertaining climax that leaves the series open for more novels to come. This jumps from the end of Dracula Cha Ch ...more
Richard Wright
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Okay. Right. Deep breath.

That was disappointing. I haven't been disappointed by an Anno Dracula book before. Damn. The novel follows the new character of Johnny Alucard, a son of Dracula who becomes a vast force in the modern world. It's an episodic affair, and several of those episodes are previously published novellas linked by a new framing narrative. No problem with that, except that it makes the book ridiculously bitty - more a collection than a novel. There's plenty of cultural cross-refe
Baal Of
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This gives impression of having been short stories, re-edited in to a novel, and thus it was a mixed bag. I still enjoyed it, but maybe not as much as the other books in the series. I found the movie-making sections particularly interesting. The idea of Dracula being re-incarnated in another vampire was also intriguing. There were some elements of the story that seemed to be glossed over, such as how Kate escaped from the Romanian jail. To be fair, it was implied that she scratched her way out t ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the first 3 books in the alternate history Anno Dracula series, and I liked this one too, but not as much because it was heavily laced with movie and music celebrities and facts (plus political figures- and I am not a movie aficionado, and not interested in politics. Francis Coppola, Pres. Bush, Andy Warhol, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brandon, Orson Welles, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Harvey Keitel and many many other prominent politicians, actors, singers, artists from the 1940's to late 1990's ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Kim Newman's latest ANNO DRACULA book brings the alternative vampiric timeline up to the early 90's, which follows vampirism to America and the rise of a 'new' Dracula - and also more of Newman's satiric 'bounce' off of other cultural touchstones, such as "Francis Ford Coppola's DRACULA", "Andy Warhol's DRACULA" (with appearances by Sid & Nancy and Travis Bickle), THE ROCKFORD FILES, WHO DARES WINS, Live Aid, amongst others.

Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Johnny Alucard, Book 4 of the Anno Dracula series, is not something that I ever expected to see, but I’m very glad I did.

For Book 3, (Dracula Cha Cha Cha) published in 1998, seemed to draw things to a definite close – Vlad Tepes, Count Dracula of the Undead, was beheaded, his ashes spread into flowing water and gone, an ending which would normally pretty much decide a villain’s fate.

And yet, like the best of the undead, fifteen years after the last novel (Dracula Cha Cha Cha) we’re back to Kim’s
Bill Reynolds
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 *s is too limiting. While the 1st Anno Dracula remains the best, I'd have given the next 3, including this, 9/10, so I refuse to give them 4. I'd actually thought this was a collection of the uncollected novellas and short stories before I got it, and was a bit disappointed that it turned out to be a novel. Fortunately (alas, there is no index), it turned out to be a fix-up of most (not quite all) of the shorter material with some added framing chapters. I had previously read Andy Warhol's Dra ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've really enjoyed the previous Anno Dracula (Draculae?) books, but this one just seemed a little... less than. I think part of it is due to it being mostly composed of short stories, but it seemed more like a way for Newman to play around with references instead of give us a full plot. I love seeing Gené and Kate—and honestly Penny!—again, but it made me long for the days of the previous books, where I felt higher stakes, and there were characters I cared about. Johnny himself is just... dull, ...more
Enjoyed it, but, like Angels of Music, this Newman novel is a series of strung-together short stories and novellas (some previously published) - although I felt this technique seemed less disjointed in AD:JA than in it did in AoM. A decent addition to the Anno Dracula universe, but I'd like to see Newman do a straightforward novel again, like Anno Dracula, Bloody Red Baron or Anno Dracula 1959. Excellent homages to all sorts of literary, cinematic and historical figures, although in parts it he ...more
Jason Payne
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Drags toward the end, and Johnny is--for me--a meh character. But some real fun on the way there: the opening section about Coppola trying to film his Dracula (but in the mid-1970s: take "Hearts of Darkness" and swap out Conrad for Stoker), the second section wherein Genevieve helps an aged, unnamed P.I. on a case in L.A. (clearly the Marlowe of Chandler & Parker, Poodle Springs), a visit from The Dude, etc.
Tony Calder
This volume in Kim Newman's alternate history takes us through the 1980s and into the early 1990s. Apparently most of this had previously been published as shorter works, which probably explains why is seems a bit disjointed when compared with the previous books in this series. Newman again has fun in pulling in a wide range of characters, both real and fictional, and it will again be a challenge to the reader to see how many they can spot from other sources.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Tried to like this. Couldn't. Just awful.
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Maybe I'm too stupid and unsophisticated to appreciate this book. I just didn't get it.
Tonya Mathis
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hollywood, the glitz, the glamour, the stars. Andy Warhol, the myth, the enigma, the vampire? Add a little drac and a man named John and you've got a damn fine story.
At last! The long awaited final* novel in Kim Newman’s excellent vampire pastiche series is here! And it was superb, let me tell you. Only the original novel was better, in my humble opinion. Maybe it was because I got more of the references this time without resorting to Google, given that I’m not an expert on WWI literature and films or post-WWII Italian cinema whereas this time the action was mostly set in the USA and within the last forty years. Still not really my era (I wouldn’t even have ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid read as always, but hardly mind-blowing. It felt much more disjointed that the previous books in the series, but I actually liked that. That said, the ending was not entirely satisfactory. I guess there will be another installment?
I'm not a big fan of fixup novels, where an author takes a string of shorter works and ties them together with some common element. It always feels less like a novel and more a series of short stories, no matter how much is put into relating one section to another. In the previous Titan editions of Newman's Anno Dracula series, the bonus novellas were added at the end as bonus content, not woven into the existing story. And it's hard to complain about Titan and Newman putting the remaining stori ...more
K.A. Laity
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve not read the earlier entries in the Anno Dracula series, I pity you – but it’s not necessary before diving into this one. What you will need is a good knowledge of vampire films and novels, popular culture for the last several decades and a good sense of fun. I suppose as long as you have the latter the others can be acquired but you’ll miss a lot of the pleasure in this book.

Over and over you hear the same tired assertion: vampires are so over! It’s as true or as false as it ever was.
Danielle Klassen
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I've joined the ranks of people who said they wanted to love this. I truly did. I want to love you, book, but ultimately you didn't have enough story to keep me interested. I give it the three stars because the writing is really well done and as per usual, Newman is a master with the pop culture references. The problem, however, is that they get in the way here when The story doesn't have enough meat to contain them. Added to this, I felt like Johnny, the main villain and focal point, wasn't str ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kim Newman’s fourth installment in the Anno Dracula series is slightly different from the previous three in that it is a story that is spread over fifteen years.

The main character of the book, the Johnny Alucard of the title, is a man-child who, in a brief prologue, is introduced to and turned by Dracula in 1944. After this the story proper starts in 1976 when one of Kim Newman’s favourites, Kate Reed, find herself on the set of Dracula, a film being made by Francis Ford Coppola. This take on C
Marc Jentzsch
The story starts off in Romania and introduces us to the character that headlines the book. His story is almost ethereal in its tragedy of pain and betrayal, but it is also cemented solidly by the presence of a character that has shown up repeatedly in the stories that came before, and it is through him that we set the stage for the entirety of the book, even though for the largest part, that course seems an afterthought until it reveals itself as the primary motivator of everything, all along.

David Gee
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yes, it's been done before: Dracula spelt backward. The fourth volume of Kim Newman's zany sequels to Bram Stoker's chronicle finds our undead hero finally (excuse the pun) out for the count. A perennially teenage Romanian upstart, Ion Popescu, 'turned' by Dracula in 1944, is brought to New York in the 1970s by vampire journalist Kate Reed and sets about becoming the kind of celebrity bloodsucker we know from the novels of Anne Rice. Moving to Hollywood, he becomes a film producer and adopts the ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, classic

4 stars read for me.

Eleven years ago Kim Newman showed us he can take a legend and create something new, original and fun. Almost a decade later, when vampires are so present and usual they have their own genre in literature, it's almost sardonic he can still play with Dracula myth and reinvent him all over. :)
Before I even got into story I gave a plus to Kim Newman for he dedicated this novel to big F. Paul Wilson, whose Adversary Cycle and Repairman Jack series certainly made an influence on N
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't like it. I feel bad for not liking it because I loved the first instalments of the series so much (and only reviewed one out of three). Anno Dracula was among my favourite books read last year, and I expected so much of Johnny Alucard. I wondered, at the end of Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959, how the series could go on now that Dracula was dead, and was really disappointed with how his "resurrection," if you can call it that, was managed. After reading this I feel like you could r ...more
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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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