|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
In 1885, Count Dracula, after four hundred years’ brooding in his Transylvanian Castle, came to London, intent on spreading the pestilence of vampirism to the heart of Victoria’s Britain. The monster was defeated and destroyed by Professor Van Helsing and his stout-hearted companions, and the world was saved from further horrors. But what if Van Helsing failed, and Dracula’s plan of conquest was successful…
This panoramic novel of altered history and literary speculation combines horror, mystery, romance, politics, and wit as Kim Newman brilliantly reinvent the familiar world of late Victorian melodrama, intermingling famous historical and fictional characters while penetrating the fog to discover the shocking truths.
As Nina Auerbach writes in the New York Times, “ Stephen King assumes we hate vampires; Anne Rice makes it safe to love them, because they hate themselves. Kim Newman suspects that most of us live with them…. Anno Dracula is the definitive account of that post-modern species, the self-obsessed undead.” In this first of what looks to be an excellent series, Victorian England has vampires at every level of society, especially the higher ones, and they engage in incessant intrigue, power games, and casual oppression of the weak—activities, as we know, that are all too human. Numerous characters from literature and from history appear in both major and cameo roles. Spectacular fight scenes, stormy politics, and a serial vampire killer keep the action lively. A scholarly bibliography is included.