History Creator / KimNewman

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* RedScare: "The [=McCarthy=] Witch Hunt" is an AlternateUniverse in which magic is an acknowledged reality and [=McCarthy=]'s hunting actual witches.

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* RedScare: "The [=McCarthy=] Witch Hunt" is an AlternateUniverse in which magic is an acknowledged reality and [=McCarthy=]'s UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy's hunting actual witches.
31st May '16 7:26:22 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/BadDreams''



* DeathByAdaptation[=/=]SparedByTheAdaptation: ''Bad Dreams'' has an InUniverse example, where a play that ends with one of the characters being shot is adapted for film, and the studio executives want that character to survive, so in the film adaptation somebody else gets shot instead. (It's mentioned in the executives' favour that they did stand up to the MoralGuardians who would have preferred that nobody got shot at all.)



* DreamWithinADream: Happens several times, to various characters, in ''Bad Dreams''. At one point, the heroine spends several (short) chapters cycling through the same two dreams, waking from each into the other, until she finds a way to break the cycling.
* EmotionEater: The Kind in ''Bad Dreams'' feed on humanity's emotions and imaginings. Some of them are emotional vampires who specialise in negative emotions; others act as muses to great creative minds. One way and another, they did quite well out of Hollywood.



** ''Bad Dreams'' has a sequence set in a Hollywood restaurant in the 1950s, where you can tell which of the characters are actual historical people because they're not named.



* MeetCute: Lampshaded by name in what turns out to be a dream sequence in ''Bad Dreams''.



* TheMuse:
** In Newman's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}-set stories, his vampire heroine Genevieve serves as muse to Detlef Sierck, poet (he writes her a sonnet cycle titled "To My Unchanging Lady"), playwright (he meets her while preparing to stage the story of Literature/{{Drachenfels}}, in which she features), actor, musician, and so on and so forth. Warhammer being a CrapsackWorld, it doesn't work out so well, and she leaves him. Kim Newman being ultimately a rather romantic sort, she comes back in a more recent story, and they get a remarkably happy ending to a story featuring murder, mayhem, political chicanery, and ventriloquism.
** The Kind in ''Bad Dreams'' feed on humanity's emotions and imaginings. Many of them are emotional vampires who specialise in negative emotions, but one of the background characters is a member of the Kind who has established a satisfactory niche for herself as the muse to a succession of artists.
* MythologyGag: In ''Bad Dreams'', a composer is shown a vision of a potential future in which he lives a long and happy life but never creates any more great music. One of his hypothetical collateral descendents, an artist in a medium that hasn't been invented yet, has the same name and occupation as the protagonist of Newman's earlier science fiction novel ''The Night Mayor''.

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* TheMuse:
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TheMuse: In Newman's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}-set stories, his vampire heroine Genevieve serves as muse to Detlef Sierck, poet (he writes her a sonnet cycle titled "To My Unchanging Lady"), playwright (he meets her while preparing to stage the story of Literature/{{Drachenfels}}, in which she features), actor, musician, and so on and so forth. Warhammer being a CrapsackWorld, it doesn't work out so well, and she leaves him. Kim Newman being ultimately a rather romantic sort, she comes back in a more recent story, and they get a remarkably happy ending to a story featuring murder, mayhem, political chicanery, and ventriloquism.
** The Kind in ''Bad Dreams'' feed on humanity's emotions and imaginings. Many of them are emotional vampires who specialise in negative emotions, but one of the background characters is a member of the Kind who has established a satisfactory niche for herself as the muse to a succession of artists.
* MythologyGag: In ''Bad Dreams'', a composer is shown a vision of a potential future in which he lives a long and happy life but never creates any more great music. One of his hypothetical collateral descendents, an artist in a medium that hasn't been invented yet, has the same name and occupation as the protagonist of Newman's earlier science fiction novel ''The Night Mayor''.
ventriloquism.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The villain in ''Bad Dreams'' is a member of The Kind, {{Emotion Eater}}s who inspired humanity's legends of vampires. They aren't bothered by sunlight or holy symbols but massive physical damage of any kind can kill them. They can also be killed via mind battle but humans that strong of will only show up once or twice a millennium. As they get older they eventually enter a kind of stasis rather than actually dying.



* RedScare:
** [=McCarthy=]'s witch hunt forms part of the backstory of ''Bad Dreams''; the heroine's father was a playwright whose career was ruined.
** "The [=McCarthy=] Witch Hunt" is an AlternateUniverse in which magic is an acknowledged reality and [=McCarthy=]'s hunting actual witches.

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* RedScare:
** [=McCarthy=]'s witch hunt forms part of the backstory of ''Bad Dreams''; the heroine's father was a playwright whose career was ruined.
**
RedScare: "The [=McCarthy=] Witch Hunt" is an AlternateUniverse in which magic is an acknowledged reality and [=McCarthy=]'s hunting actual witches.
31st May '16 6:36:44 PM PaulA
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* TheMetaverse: Featured in the stories with Jerome Rhodes as protagonist, set in the 2020s.


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* TheMetaverse: Featured in the stories with Jerome Rhodes as protagonist, set in the 2020s.
31st May '16 6:34:40 PM PaulA
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* InSpiteOfANail: "Famous Monsters" is an oral history of an AlternateTimeline in which Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds is followed a few decades later by a Second War of the Worlds, which is basically World War II with Mars as Germany and the Moon as France. There's even an alternate version of ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' with Creator/ClaudeRains donning false antennae to play a DeadpanSnarker Selenite police officer.


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* {{Lunarians}}: "Famous Monsters" is set in a world where Creator/HGWells's aliens exist, and features the Selenites from ''Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' as well as the more famous Martians from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
22nd May '16 9:10:29 PM PaulA
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The villain in ''Bad Dreams'' is a member of The Kind, {{Emotion Eater}}s who inspired humanity's legends of vampires.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The villain in ''Bad Dreams'' is a member of The Kind, {{Emotion Eater}}s who inspired humanity's legends of vampires. They aren't bothered by sunlight or holy symbols but massive physical damage of any kind can kill them. They can also be killed via mind battle but humans that strong of will only show up once or twice a millennium. As they get older they eventually enter a kind of stasis rather than actually dying.
12th May '16 8:16:45 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/BackInTheUSSA'' (with Eugene Byrne)




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* CelebrityParadox: Newman ''loves'' zigzagging this, particular in the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' stories and the ''Back In the USSA'' stories written by Eugene Byrne; fictional characters will often appear alongside (or at least in the same universe as) the people who played them.

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* CelebrityParadox: Newman ''loves'' zigzagging this, particular in the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' stories and the ''Back In the USSA'' ''Literature/BackInTheUSSA'' stories written by Eugene Byrne; fictional characters will often appear alongside (or at least in the same universe as) the people who played them.



* DrillSergeantNasty: The AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic" features a truly psychotic version of Sergeant Grimshaw, the drill sergeant from ''Film/CarryOnSergeant'', mixed with a large helping of the TropeCodifier from ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.



* EvilColonialist: Basil Fotherington-Thomas in the AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic", where he has become his world's equivalent of [[Film/ApocalypseNow Colonel Kurtz]].



* GoingNative: Basil Fotherington-Thomas (from the ''Literature/{{Molesworth}}'' books) fills the Kurtz role in "Teddy Bear's Picnic", a bizarre AlternateHistory retelling of ''Film/ApocalypseNow''. ''Literature/JustWilliam'' also fits as the soldier sent to kill Fotherington-Thomas who ends up joining him.



* InSpiteOfANail: In ''Back in the USSA'', American government and capitalism collapse in 1917 and Eugene Debs leads a Socialist revolution. After that things go much as in the USSR in our timeline, but with American figures e.g., Al Capone fills the role of Stalin, J. Edgar Hoover is the equivalent of Lavrentiy Beria, and Eliot Ness is an agent of the Federal Bureau of Ideology. Dissidents risk getting exiled to Alaska.
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Sergeant Grimshawe in "Teddy Bear's Picnic" does this.



* MaliciousMisnaming: In the AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic", film director Michael Powell makes a deliberate decision to refer to the government censor Putnam as "Putt-man", and instructs all of his staff to do the same.



* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Happens a lot in Newman's work. For one example, "Teddy Bear's Picnic" is about Terry and Bob of ''Series/TheLikelyLads'' fighting in the Vietnam war with William of Richmal Crompton's ''Literature/JustWilliam'' stories and other fictional characters. A more recent example is "Angels of Music", a 19th-century version of ''Series/CharliesAngels'' with [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Christine Daae]], [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Irene Adler]], and [[Literature/{{Trilby}} Trilby O'Ferrall]] as the Angels.

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Happens a lot in Newman's work. For one example, "Teddy Bear's Picnic" is about Terry and Bob of ''Series/TheLikelyLads'' fighting in the Vietnam war with William of Richmal Crompton's ''Literature/JustWilliam'' stories and other fictional characters. A more recent example is "Angels of Music", Music" is a 19th-century version of ''Series/CharliesAngels'' with [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Christine Daae]], [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Irene Adler]], and [[Literature/{{Trilby}} Trilby O'Ferrall]] as the Angels.



* MythologyGag:
** In ''Bad Dreams'', a composer is shown a vision of a potential future in which he lives a long and happy life but never creates any more great music. One of his hypothetical collateral descendents, an artist in a medium that hasn't been invented yet, has the same name and occupation as the protagonist of Newman's earlier science fiction novel ''The Night Mayor''.
** In "Teddy Bear's Picnic", Bob objects to William Hartnell being cast as Sgt. Grimshaw in TheMovieOfTheBook due to Hartnell being more well known as [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], and recommends Patrick Troughton instead, because Troughton comes off as a more sinister and threatening actor. There's a triple whammy here; both Hartnell ''and'' Troughton played the Doctor in the actual world, Troughton's version of the Doctor was actually a lot friendlier and nicer than Hartnell's version, and Hartnell actually ''did'' play Grimshaw in the movie he originally appeared in (''Film/CarryOnSergeant'').
* TheNeidermeyer: Captain Fisher, a.k.a. "Literature/BillyLiar", in the AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic".

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* MythologyGag:
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MythologyGag: In ''Bad Dreams'', a composer is shown a vision of a potential future in which he lives a long and happy life but never creates any more great music. One of his hypothetical collateral descendents, an artist in a medium that hasn't been invented yet, has the same name and occupation as the protagonist of Newman's earlier science fiction novel ''The Night Mayor''.
** In "Teddy Bear's Picnic", Bob objects to William Hartnell being cast as Sgt. Grimshaw in TheMovieOfTheBook due to Hartnell being more well known as [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], and recommends Patrick Troughton instead, because Troughton comes off as a more sinister and threatening actor. There's a triple whammy here; both Hartnell ''and'' Troughton played the Doctor in the actual world, Troughton's version of the Doctor was actually a lot friendlier and nicer than Hartnell's version, and Hartnell actually ''did'' play Grimshaw in the movie he originally appeared in (''Film/CarryOnSergeant'').
* TheNeidermeyer: Captain Fisher, a.k.a. "Literature/BillyLiar", in the AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic".
Mayor''.



* PeelingPotatoes: Done by the DrillSergeantNasty to the trainees in "Teddy Bear's Picnic". In a particularly sadistic twist, he then changes his mind and orders the recruits to glue the skins back on.



* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman:
** There are a bunch in ''Back in the USSA'', including Al Capone as the American Stalin, Creator/KurtVonnegut as the American Gorbachev, and Trotsky's daughter is a commoner who marries the British Crown Prince. [[Creator/LRonHubbard Lafayette Hubbard]], [[JohnWayne Mitch Morrison]], Charles Lindbergh and Joseph [=McCarthy=] appear as a propagandistic "troupe of war heroes" in the 1950s Communist America.
** "The Germans Won" features a John Major who became a bus conductor (a job the real world Major failed to achieve because he couldn't pass the mental arithmetic test).

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* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman:
** There are a bunch
RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: Common in ''Back in the USSA'', including Al Capone as the American Stalin, Creator/KurtVonnegut as the American Gorbachev, and Trotsky's daughter is a commoner who marries the British Crown Prince. [[Creator/LRonHubbard Lafayette Hubbard]], [[JohnWayne Mitch Morrison]], Charles Lindbergh and Joseph [=McCarthy=] appear as a propagandistic "troupe of war heroes" in the 1950s Communist America.
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his alternate history stories. "The Germans Won" features a John Major who became a bus conductor (a job the real world Major failed to achieve because he couldn't pass the mental arithmetic test).



* SendInTheSearchTeam: "Teddy Bear's Picnic", which is essentially a retelling of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' with British characters and a few nasty surprises.



* UnfriendlyFire: The final fate of Captain Fisher, a.k.a. "Literature/BillyLiar", in the AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic". He gets fragged by his own troops using a white phosphorus grenade.
12th May '16 7:01:54 PM PaulA
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* ChooseYourOwnAdventure (''Life's Lottery'')
* ComicBookTime (given a great big lampshade hanging in "Coastal City")

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* ChooseYourOwnAdventure (''Life's Lottery'')
ChooseYourOwnAdventure: ''Life's Lottery''.
* ComicBookTime (given ComicBookTime: Given a great big lampshade hanging in "Coastal City")City", which is about a Commissioner-Gordon-esque character not ''quite'' managing to notice that his backstory keeps changing to account for the passage of time.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive (Leech)

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive (Leech)CorruptCorporateExecutive: Derek Leech.



* TheMultiverse (The Diogenes Club Universe version of Keith Marion [from ''Life's Lottery''] can see into multiple universes, including all Newman's other settings)

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* TheMultiverse (The TheMultiverse: The Diogenes Club Universe version of Keith Marion [from ''Life's Lottery''] can see into multiple universes, including all Newman's other settings)settings.
5th Jan '16 9:58:29 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''
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* DrillSergeantNasty: The AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic" features a truly psychotic version of Sergeant Grimshaw, the drill sergeant from ''[[Franchise/CarryOn Carry On Sergeant]]'', mixed with a large helping of the TropeCodifier from ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.

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* DrillSergeantNasty: The AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic" features a truly psychotic version of Sergeant Grimshaw, the drill sergeant from ''[[Franchise/CarryOn Carry On Sergeant]]'', ''Film/CarryOnSergeant'', mixed with a large helping of the TropeCodifier from ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.



** In "Teddy Bear's Picnic", Bob objects to William Hartnell being cast as Sgt. Grimshaw in TheMovieOfTheBook due to Hartnell being more well known as [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], and recommends Patrick Troughton instead, because Troughton comes off as a more sinister and threatening actor. There's a triple whammy here; both Hartnell ''and'' Troughton played the Doctor in the actual world, Troughton's version of the Doctor was actually a lot friendlier and nicer than Hartnell's version, and Hartnell actually ''did'' play Grimshaw in the movie he originally appeared in (''[[Film/CarryOn Carry On Sergeant]]'').

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** In "Teddy Bear's Picnic", Bob objects to William Hartnell being cast as Sgt. Grimshaw in TheMovieOfTheBook due to Hartnell being more well known as [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], and recommends Patrick Troughton instead, because Troughton comes off as a more sinister and threatening actor. There's a triple whammy here; both Hartnell ''and'' Troughton played the Doctor in the actual world, Troughton's version of the Doctor was actually a lot friendlier and nicer than Hartnell's version, and Hartnell actually ''did'' play Grimshaw in the movie he originally appeared in (''[[Film/CarryOn Carry On Sergeant]]'').(''Film/CarryOnSergeant'').
8th Sep '15 6:37:16 PM PaulA
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* TheMetaverse: Featured in the stories with Jerome Rhodes as protagonist, set in the 2020s.
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