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Anno Dracula

(Anno Dracula #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  12,571 ratings  ·  1,184 reviews
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 follows vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

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Published August 1998 (first published 1992)
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Sean Gibson
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself randomly thinking about this book today (as I’m wont to do, though my random thoughts generally tend to trend in the direction of Ghostbusters quotes, the deliciousness of Slurpees, or marveling over how Weebles wobble BUT THEY DON’T FALL DOWN!), and what I was thinking was how frustrating it is that books don’t always find as big an audience as they deserve. This is an exceedingly entertaining pastiche of all things horror, supernatural, mysterious, and Victorian, and if that’s y ...more
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
Steampunk & Vampires.... A winning combination for me......?

The reality.... a real struggle as I was assaulted by endless character introductions who flit in & out of the story for the first 100 pages, with endless descriptions of what they're doing & their world but with very little dialogue, interaction & character building..... I hoped it was going somewhere & will “kick-on”....... It jus didn’t as I read a further 25 pages which contained only 2 pages of dialogue & interaction with other cha
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
Nov 11, 2014 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 a lo
The title kept niggling at me: shouldn't it be Anno Draculae? Latin declensions aside though, this counterfictional mash-up is quite good fun, if a little baggy. The premise is that Dracula was not defeated by Van Helsing, but instead succeeded in his plot to take over British society, and ended up marrying – and turning – Queen Victoria. As the Prince Consort, he now rules over a British Empire where vampirism is a fashionable lifestyle choice, and where historical figures like Joseph Merrick o ...more
Nov 10, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cecily by: Ellie
Shelves: horror
"Murder brought us together. Murderers kept us apart."
Not the opening line, but it would have been a good one (it actually comes much later)!

This is probably quite a good book if this is your thing, but it's not mine, so I abandoned it.

In this alternative history, there's been a global ascendancy of vampires. Dracula has married widowed Queen Victoria and he has expelled some from the country, after a feud that I didn't quite follow.

The narrator is one such refugee, on a ship to Japan. The Emp
Graeme Rodaughan
I've DNF'ed this book at 20%. Gave it a good shot, just not enough action and too much fluff.

If I was going to rate it (against policy) it was running at 3 stars, but I don't have time in my life to read anything that's not running at 4 stars by 20% in.

Now - it's time to find a magic sword, open a Warren and war with a god - it's off to Malazan.

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
Stephen Theaker
Aug 27, 2008 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
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fantasy
ANNO DRACULA is a wild ride through an alternate version of Victorian London. There are more famous characters here than you can shake a stick at, and somehow Newman pulls this off ingeniously. One of the most original vampire tales you will find. Funny, smart, and weird, ANNO DRACULA is just a good time read...
I found this confusing and disjointed. There was too much Victorian name dropping . It had many elements of Victoriana and Steampunk that I have enjoyed previously, but unfortunately this particular effort did not work for me.
Stephen Robert Collins
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This modern classic a New take on Dracula that has even got Sherlock Holmes in it.
Why Kim Newman has not done a Doctor Who is mystery it isn't for want of trying.
This a what if ........
Queen Victoria marries Dracula hail King Of The Vampires the original hemophiliac
This dark creepy re working of Bram Stoker's classic book but with what if twist that make your hair curl
Newman has now done five books in this series from WWI to Japan to Pop musical. He also .has number of other books such as Ma
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this back when vampires were the rage. Didnt really float my boat. Felt like Newman was attempting to add a billion fictional and historical characters just for the sake of it. Well written novel though.
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
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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 power—but 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
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
As this novel opens, we find that Bram Stoker's Dracula has taken a left turn near the end and Dracula ends up winning. He defeats his enemies (Van Helsing's rotting head decorates a pike) and insinuates himself into the English royal family and spreads vampirism like the plague. Now, vampires and humans live side by side, with vampires being the dominant class.

The novel presented a pretty good vampire story (which is saying a lot coming from me, because I usually dislike most of the vampire no
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!!!

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This was interesting at time but had too many characters, creating confusion at some parts. At least it did for me. I doubt I’ll read any more in this series.
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 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
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Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2012 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
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Anno Dracula was an entertaining read. It reminded me of "League of Extra-Ordinary Gentlemen". Set in the Victorian Era London it is taking place a few years after the novel "Dracula". Count Dracula has managed to marry Queen Victoria and is now Prince Consort, vampires are common and Lord Ruthven is a vampire Prime Minister.

The Diogenes Club, which does unofficial work for the Crown, summons Charles Beauregard to figure out who is killing vampire girls in Whitechapel. This Jack the Ripper inve
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
This is a treat for all the vampire lovers. Imagine that Queen Victoria remarried - taking Dracula as her husband. Imagine London overpopulated by vampires as vampirism becomes a desirable status change. And now mix in all the historical vampire characters from various authors. Bookworms get to see their authors, historians will encounter their favourite figures... it's just a well-balanced mishmash of alternate history.
But since it's a novel full of spies and people (warm and cold) with hidden
Esther King
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won’t deny that this book wasn’t the most coherent, nor did it know precisely where it was going. I won’t deny it had its problems, but at the same time, I had a damn good time with it. It was just an absolutely rollicking ride, with references at every turn, and as a guilty, gory pleasure read, it ticked all the boxes. It was perhaps not the most highbrow, but it doesn’t skimp on gratuitous horror descriptions, and it has VAMPIRE OSCAR WILDE. What more could you want? That’s my sole heart’s d ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Anno Dracula (Anno Draculae #1) by Kim Newman was a pretty cool read. The style of the alternate history, the classic characters Newman integrates into the story even those that aren't from Bram Stoker's Dracula made a great combination. Honestly, though, I did wish that Newman's own characters got a little more attention. Either way, I'm going to have to try the sequel soon. ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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