Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Kim Newman’s continuing series of outrageously inventive vampire novels (collectively known as Anno Dracula) has been the sheer prodigality of ideas thrown out by this quirkiest of British writers. The first book is now widely regarded as a key fantasy novel (with its sanguinary central character marrying Queen Victoria, no less), sporting both caustic wit and a clever post-modern structure; it predated the current all-conquering popular obsession (in books, film and TV) with vampires. Now we have a different venture – new narratives in the comics medium, set in the universe of the novels – and it’s a successful endeavour. Newman has proven his abilities in the medium before, and with the talents of illustrator Paul McCaffrey (his work reminiscent of EC’s Johnny Craig), we are guaranteed something rich and strage.
1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbours a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for a provocative addition to the Anno Dracula series.
ANNO DRACULA 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem#1 by Kim Newman & Paul McCaffrey
Writer: Kim Newman
Artist: Paul McCaffrey
Colourist: Kevin Enhart