Kim Newman (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.
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!!Works by Kim Newman with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/AnnoDracula''
* ''Literature/DarkFuture''
* ''Literature/DiogenesClub''
* ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheDurbervilles''
* ''Literature/{{Drachenfels}}''

!!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 (TheFlash, with shades of ComicBook/{{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 ''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.
* ChooseYourOwnAdventure (''Life's Lottery'')
* ComicBookTime (given a great big lampshade hanging in "Coastal City")
* CoolCar: The Rolls Royce [=ShadowShark=]. Only six were ever made. Derek Leech owns one. Richard Jeperson owns ''three''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive (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]]...
* 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.)
* 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.
* 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.
* 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''.
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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).
* 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.
* 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: 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.
* JackTheRipper:
** ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' features an AlternateUniverse version of Jack the Ripper whose victims are all vampires.
** The TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} spin-off novel ''Beasts in Velvet'' features the Warhammer universe's version of the Ripper murders, investigated by the Warhammer universe's version of Film/DirtyHarry.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: In some stories, vigilante Dr. Shade is described as having a secret base in the clock tower that houses Big Ben.
* 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).
** ''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.
* 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.
* LegacyCharacter: Dr. Shade has two, his son Jamie Shade and his [[AllThereInTheManual thus-far-only-mentioned-in-the-notes]] niece Lady Shade.
* 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.
* MeetCute: Lampshaded by name in what turns out to be a dream sequence in ''Bad Dreams''.
* 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.
* 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''.
* TheNeidermeyer: Captain Fisher, a.k.a. "Literature/BillyLiar", in the AlternateHistory novella "Teddy Bear's Picnic".
* 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''.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The villain in ''Bad Dreams'' is a member of The Kind, {{Emotion Eater}}s who inspired humanity's legends of vampires.
* 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.
* 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:
** [=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.
* 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.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Discussed in "The Germans Won".
* SendInTheSearchTeam: "Teddy Bear's Picnic", which is essentially a retelling of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' with British characters and a few nasty surprises.
* 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".
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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