'''Kim Newman''' (born July 31st 1959) is an English author of often-satirical horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction. Probably his best-known work is the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' sequence, an AlternateHistory in which Count {{Dracula}} succeeded in taking over England, played out as a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover featuring just about every famous fictional vampire ever, as well as many other famous fictional characters.

Also of interest to tropers is his ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' sequence, concerning a secret service devoted to investigating the weird and improbable, from the return of Zombie Hitler to an [[StealthPun insane murderer who devotes his kills to the goblins Snap, Crackle, and Pop]]. Each story is a stylistic pastiche of the investigator of the unknown and/or secret agent fiction of the period in which it's set, with much LampshadeHanging and other playing with tropes.

Another recurring character, introduced in "The Original Dr Shade" but featured most completely in the novel ''The Quorum'', is the satanic media magnate Derek Leech; any time a Newman character makes a DealWithTheDevil, it's generally a Deal With Derek. Leech is an unholy NoCelebritiesWereHarmed mashup of Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch who is secretly working toward some kind of consumer-culture-apotheosis apocalypse -- and every single story he appears in, even the ones where he's being actively opposed, ends with him a little bit closer to achieving his goal.

Newman has also written some fiction under the name Jack Yeovil, including tie-in novels and short stories for Games Workshop's ''TabletopGame/DarkFuture'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' settings. The character Genevieve Dieudonne, who appeared in much of his ''Warhammer'' work beginning with the novel ''Literature/{{Drachenfels}}'', went on to also be a part of the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' and ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' universes. He also wrote the BFI TV Classic book on ''Series/DoctorWho'', and is a regular film reviewer for ''Empire'' magazine, with his own column for DirectToVideo releases (finding some neglected gems, [[SturgeonsLaw but mostly dreck]]).

Newman is a long-time friend of Creator/NeilGaiman; they collaborated on the hilarious and troperriffic non-fiction book ''Ghastly Beyond Belief'', a book of science fiction and fantasy quotations with plenty of snarky asides by Newman and Gaiman, back when they were both struggling journalists, and have made cameos in each others' work (Newman appears, in his other job as a film reviewer, in Gaiman's horror story "[[ComicBook/TheSandman Calliope]]").

According to Creator/NeilGaiman, he's a semi-professional kazoo player, used to carry a swordstick and is the original model for [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} the Pinhead Cenobite]]. Newman contends that Gaiman is the model for the Chatterer, another Cenobite.
!!Works by Kim Newman with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/AnnoDracula''
* ''Literature/BackInTheUSSA'' (with Eugene Byrne)
* ''Literature/BadDreams''
* ''Literature/DarkFuture''
* ''Literature/DiogenesClub''
* ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheDurbervilles''
* ''Literature/{{Drachenfels}}''
* ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''

!!Other works by Kim Newman provide examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Derek Leech is very, ''very'' charming. Of course, [[DealWithTheDevil this just makes it easier for him to negotiate advantageous deals with people...]]
* AnimalWrongsGroup: The plot of ''Orgy of the Blood Parasites'' kicks off when animal activists liberate some cute fluffy bunnies from being laboratory test subjects, without stopping to check whether the bunnies might have been used to test, for instance, a high contagious virus with a variety of weird side effects.
* BlackHelicopter: Played with in ''Jago'', with ''white'' helicopters seen hovering at various points. [[spoiler:It turns out that they're part of a rock band's publicity stunt, and nothing to do with the supernatural goings-on.]]
* BodyHorror: Newman has lots of fun with this in ''Orgy Of The Blood Parasites''.
* BroadStrokes: Newman's standard approach to continuity; he's said in interviews that he'll cheerfully change a previously-established detail if doing so will better serve the story he's currently writing.
** Most obviously, stories in which Dr Shade is a fictional character are broadly in continuity with stories in which he's very real. The author's notes at the back of ''Mysteries of the Diogenes Club'' {{Handwave}} this by saying the real Shade's descendents dispute Leech Enterprises' ownership of the trademark.
* CanonWelding:
** While Kim Newman has seeded connections between his books since the beginning, the short story "Cold Snap" seems to be a concentrated effort to tie them ''all'' together. A "Literature/DiogenesClub" story (and therefore featuring characters whose Alternate Universe selves appear in the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' novels) it adds characters from his early work such as ''Jago'', and even features the villain from his ''Series/DoctorWho'' novella ''Time and Relative''.
** Under the pseudonym Jack Yeovil, Newman wrote a number of books based on Games Workshop properties. ''Krokodil Tears'', one of the ''Literature/DarkFuture'' books, has a scene wherein the BigBad of that series has a vision of one of his alternate versions as Literature/{{Drachenfels}} from his Vampire Genevieve series of ''Warhammer'' books.
* CaptainErsatz:
** In ''The Quorum'', several of the characters are fans of CaptainErsatz comics characters Amazon Queen (ComicBook/WonderWoman) and The Streak (Franchise/TheFlash, with shades of Franchise/{{Superman}}), and one is a comics writer creating a ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths-style series about them for comics company "ZC".
** The novel also mentions Dr. Shade, a British comics character who resembles Radio/TheShadow; his first appearance was in Newman's story "The Original Dr. Shade", which in the course of describing the character's fictional publishing history performs a LampshadeHanging by mentioning that The Shadow's publishers once sued over the resemblance.
* CelebrityParadox: Newman ''loves'' zigzagging this, particular in the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' stories and the ''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.
* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: ''Life's Lottery''.
* ComicBookTime: Given a great big lampshade hanging in "Coastal 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.
* CoolCar: The Rolls Royce [=ShadowShark=]. Only six were ever made. Derek Leech owns one. Richard Jeperson owns ''three''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Derek Leech.
* TheCowl: Dr. Shade.
* CrossThrough: ''Seven Stars'', a sequence of novellas in which various Newman heroes one after the other have to deal with the same cursed artifact.
* DarkMessiah: "Another Fish Story" reveals that UsefulNotes/CharlesManson actually ''was'' one of these, prophecized to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt via unleashing a Cthulhu-style deluge upon Los Angeles. Unfortunately for him, he brought along Derek Leech, [[EvilVersusOblivion who has much more interesting and complex ideas for the apocalypse]] and who, while promising to help him find the temple he needed to trigger the apocalypse, [[ExactWords never said anything about helping him find his way out of it]]...
* DetectEvil: In "Out of the Night, When the Full Moon is Bright", the protagonist becomes the latest upholder of a heroic legacy that, among other things, causes him to see an unpleasant glowing aura around evil people.
* EvilInc: Derek Leech's multinational corporation.
* EvilVersusOblivion: Derek Leech appears to prefer some kind of lingering, ongoing consumerist excess version of the apocalypse to the typical TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt OmnicidalManiac version, and can usually be counted on to intervene against those who would attempt to initiate the latter (even if it is purely in his own interests).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Just about everything Newman writes with a historical setting has at least a cameo from a historical figure.
* HotPotato: The short story "Mother Hen" is about a group of people all trying to avoid ending up with a cursed statuette, in a reversal of ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''.
* ImmoralRealityShow: The RealityTVShowMansion show ''It's a Madhouse!'', in "Going to Series" -- the housemates have been deliberately selected to be psychologically unstable and to have traits that will rub each other the wrong way, and the mansion has been carefully designed to get on its occupants' nerves in a variety of subtle ways, and furnished with objects chosen for their potential as {{Improvised Weapon}}s.
* IndianBurialGround: Parodied in "The Pale Spirit People", in which an Indian tribe in an AfterTheEnd setting suffer from supernatural manifestations after locating their new burial ground on the former site of a suburban housing development.
* 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.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: In some stories, vigilante Dr. Shade is described as having a secret base in the clock tower that houses Big Ben.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: A character introduced in "No Gold in the Grey Mountains" goes on to appear or be mentioned in several of Newman's later works in the same setting, all of which casually mention an important fact about the character which was the big plot twist in the original story.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo:
** A short story in the ''Unforgivable Stories'' collection features [[{{Franchise/Tintin}} an unnamed teenaged journalist who has an uncontrollable cowlick and is accompanied by a small white dog]] who is a Nazi collaborator in occupied Paris.
** Speaking of Nazi collaborators, "Ubermensch!" is about a HumanoidAlien who is [[{{ComicBook/Superman}} rocketed as a baby from a dying planet]], and winds up in Bavaria (as opposed to, for instance, the wheat-fields of Kansas).
* LegacyCharacter: Dr. Shade has two, his son Jamie Shade and his [[AllThereInTheManual thus-far-only-mentioned-in-the-notes]] niece Lady Shade.
* {{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''.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Happens a lot in Newman's work. For one example, "Angels of 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.
* TheMetaverse: Featured in the stories with Jerome Rhodes as protagonist, set in the 2020s.
* TheMultiverse: The Diogenes Club Universe version of Keith Marion [from ''Life's Lottery''] can see into multiple universes, including all Newman's other settings.
* {{Mundanger}}: The "Where the Bodies Are Buried" stories are about a supernatural SerialKiller emerging from a SlasherMovie -- except "Where The Bodies Are Buried 3: Black And White And Red All Over", which is a RippedFromTheHeadlines tale of tabloid hysteria and hypocrisy over such movies.
* 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.
* TheNewRockAndRoll: The moral panic around violent horror movies is parodied in the short story "Where The Bodies Are Buried 3". A series of brutal murders is blamed on the titular horror movie, which prompts a tabloid journalist to spearhead a campaign which eventually leads to horror movies getting banned because of their influence. He later comes to realize that there is indeed a dark, demonic presence at work corrupting people into committing these crimes... [[spoiler:but it's got nothing to do with the movie. It's working through the tabloid newspaper and his campaign]].
* OccultDetective: Sally Rhodes, heroine of "Organ Donors" and ''The Quorum''.
* PenName: "Jack Yeovil", used for his Games Workshop spin-off novels and for the splatterpunk ''Orgy of the Blood Parasites''.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Show up about as often as the Historical Domain Characters, and often even in the same stories.
* RaisedAsTheOppositeGender: One of the characters in ''Beasts in Velvet'' -- and there's really not much more can be said about that without massive spoilers.
* RealityBleed: In "The Original Doctor Shade" an author is hired to revamp an old franchise. However, the original versions of the characters start intruding into the real world and aren't happy with his changes...
* RealityTVShowMansion: "Going to Series" recounts the behind-the-scenes of a Reality TV Show Mansion show called ''It's a Madhouse''.
* RealityWarper: The main antagonist in ''Jago''.
* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: ''Jago''.
* RedScare: "The [=McCarthy=] Witch Hunt" is an AlternateUniverse in which magic is an acknowledged reality and UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy's hunting actual witches.
* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: Common in 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).
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Discussed in "The Germans Won".
* StatusCellPhone: In "Organ Donors", Sally Rhodes's new job includes being provided with a "portable phone", which is indicative of how important it is (although being Sally, she doesn't actually use it). Newman notes this as one of the things that makes the story an Unintentional Period Piece.
* TagAlongActor: In "Out of the Night When the Full Moon Is Bright", the protagonist is a writer who's riding along in an LAPD squad car as research for a screenplay. (The usual course of the stock plot, however, gets derailed after a werewolf shows up.)
* TapOnTheHead: Lampshaded by the unnamed private eye in "The Big Fish".
* TitledAfterTheSong: "Out of the Night When the Full Moon is Bright", which mixes werewolves into the legend of Franchise/{{Zorro}}, takes its title from the opening theme of the 1950s ''Series/{{Zorro}}'' TV series.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: In "No Gold in the Grey Mountains", a group of travelers sheltering in an isolated ruin are picked off one-by-one by an ancient monster. It's implied to be an inhabitant of the ruin, but eventually revealed to be one of the travelers.
* TwoFistedTales: Dr Shade ... sometimes. Some of the stories featuring him are celebrations of the pulps and others (most especially "The Original Dr Shade") are deconstructions.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Newman has acknowledged that his Sally Rhodes stories have become unintentional period pieces; the character is just as tied to TheEighties (or ''very'' early nineties) as Edwin Winthrop (an ''intentional'' period piece) is to TheRoaringTwenties. "Organ Donors" features references to the poll tax, seven satellite TV channels, the {{ITV}} bidding war, and a "portable phone" as being a big deal.
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: In ''The Night Mayor'', the protagonists are writers, and there's a sequence about the difficulties of the hack romantic novelist now that science has eliminated all the diseases that heroines used to romantically die of.