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[Exclusive] Excerpt: ‘Johnny Alucard’ From Kim Newman’s ‘Anno Dracula’ Series

Somehow this “Anno Dracula” series has gone under my radar for years. The series is a modern vampire tale that explores the question: What if Dracula had survived his encounters with Bram Stoker’s Dr. John Seward and enslaved Victorian England? “Johnny Alucard” is the fourth novel in Kim Newman’s series and it follows the titular character as he feeds off the rich and famous across America. If you’re still not convinced, the series was originally co-developed with Neil Gaiman.

The book will be released on September 17th from Titan Books.

Fallen from grace and driven from the British Empire in previous installments, Dracula seems long gone. A relic of the past. Yet, when vampire boy Johnny Alucard descends upon America, stalking the streets of New York and Hollywood, haunting the lives of the rich and famous, from Sid and Nancy to Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, and Francis Ford Coppola, sinking his fangs ever deeper into the zeitgeist of 1980s America, it seems the past might not be dead after all.



  • Evan3

    I am actually reading Anno Dracula now – its not bad (though not mind-bending either). Dracula doesn’t enslave Victorian England per se, he simply marries Queen Victoria to become the rightful ruler. It is definitely chock full of interesting ideas.

    • Lonmonster

      I just got myself a copy of this one, I’m pretty excited to read it. Apparently it’s loaded with film references.

      • Evan3

        @Lonmonster – Let me know how it goes for you. I’m about 2/3 of the way through. Not a spoiler, but Newman does a great job creating a new breed of vampire to act as an antagonist for one of the characters.

  • Lonmonster

    @Evan3 Not gonna lie, I’m putting off reading it because it sounds really similar to a project I have in the works.

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