The Year of Our Dark Lord 1899

Kim Newman’s ANNO DRACULA 1899 AND OTHER STORIES finds the unique horror author hard at work not only revisiting the vampiric legend the author has been retooling for years,...

Kim Newman’s ANNO DRACULA 1899 AND OTHER STORIES finds the unique horror author hard at work not only revisiting the vampiric legend the author has been retooling for years, but also lands feet first in some other great classic monsters, giving them the ol’ Newman revamp as well.

The author’s love for the material is bloody obvious. He takes great joy in delivering old-school chills in new-school ways. Newman very much understands that folklore evolves and has no problem whatsoever in helping that evolution move forward.

He does it with gusto.

And Newman’s nostalgia isn’t limited to just the monsters, or the movies that made them famous. Newman is clearly a fan of the films AND the books AND their subjects – but also the glories of horror stories and cinema beyond the obvious.

One of the best stories here explores the world of Roger Corman and AIP, glorious purveyors of all sorts of B-movie madness. This book is an all around homage to classic horror, whatever form it might take.

Newman revisits a whole passel of vintage monsters, making them all his own in the creative process. We readers get to see evolutions of:

  • Frankenstein’s stitched-together creation
  • G. Wells’ expert skulker-about and criminally mischievous prankster the Invisible Man
  • The sci-fi staple extraterrestrial invaders, the Martians
  • Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic psychological man-monster, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
  • Zombies! (For those of you who like that sort of thing)

Newman even conjures up horror fiction alternatives for Mr. Edgar Allan Poe (in a tale that explores his madness and his middle name) and London’s great hooker-slaying looney Jack the Ripper.

And the titular tale, while not only making obvious that Newman’s ongoing reworking of Dracula is still ongoing, is also the lead-in to an upcoming novel in the author’s ANNO DRACULA series.

This batch of short fiction is not only for fans of the monsters of yesteryear but also for those who like to see the old-school given a facelift. It’s for fans of creative new horror as well as the old guard.

Eat your heart out, Universal.

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