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[[caption-width-right:300: "A tongue-in-cheek kaleidoscope of CyberPunk, [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian horror]]...and ninja nuns." - '''Alex Stewart''', ''Vector'']]

This page deals with examples from the novels by Creator/KimNewman and the wider setting created therein.

Not to be confused with the trope, BadFuture.

''Dark Future'' was a tabletop miniature wargame produced by Creator/GamesWorkshop and originally published in 1988. The game was successful enough for Games Workshop to commission a series of novels based on the setting. These started out with the short story anthology ''Route 666,'' and was relatively short-lived; the best-known and remembered being the trilogy of novels written by horror novelist and film critic Creator/KimNewman under the pen name Jack Yeovil. These expanded significantly on the background and setting provided in the 1988 rulebook and mixed in elements from horror and played with various well-known {{Dystopia}} tropes while mixing in a healthy dose of pop-culture references, AlternateHistory jokes and cameos from other fictional properties. Although GW have never done anything with the game, Newman's novels (much like his ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' works involving [[Literature/{{Drachenfels}} Genevieve the Vampire]]), remained popular enough to survive beyond the lifespan of the game and have been republished by Black Library, though the final installment of his ''Demon Download'' series, ''United States Calvary'' remains unpublished.

''Dark Future'''s setting was much the same as the tabletop game on which it was based. Newman's novels start out in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1995 and reach 1998]] in ''Comeback Tour''. Newman, King and Craig added a fair amount of flesh to the bones of the wargame's setting and background inventing personalities, characters and places to populate the desert wastelands, corporate boardrooms and urban ghettos of the setting. Newman in particular, as the most prolific writer in the ''Dark Future'' line, vastly expanded on the alternate history and events that lead to the situation that the in-game world found itself in, as well as creating series BigBad Elder Seth and his Doomsday Cult The Church of Joseph. The end result was, as noted in the reviewer quote to the right, an anarchic blend of black humour and cyberpunk sensibilities in a universe being threatened with destruction by Cthulhu.

Works In The Dark Future Setting:
* ''Route 666'' [1990]: An anthology of short fiction by GW regular authors Creator/KimNewman, Brian Craig and [[GotrekAndFelix William King]].
* ''Demon Download'': Newman-as-Yeovil's first Dark Future novel and the first book in the series that came to share the name.
* ''Krokodil Tears'': Part Two of the ''Demon Download'' series.
* ''Comeback Tour'': Part Three of ''Demon Download.''
* ''Ghost Dancers'': Novel by Brian Craig expanding on his ''Route 666'' story ''Kid Zero and Snake Eyes.''
* ''Route 666'' [[Creator/KimNewman Jack Yeovil]] novel expanding on the titular short in ''Route 666.''
* ''Golgotha Run'' by Dave Stone.
* ''American Meat'' by Stuart Moore.
* ''Jade Dragon'' by James Swallow.
* ''Reality Bites'' by Stuart Moore.

The original novelizations, published by Boxtree under the GW imprint, ran from the publication of the ''Route 666'' anthology in 1990 to the publication of the expanded novel of the eponymous short story from the anthology in 1993. Games Workshop republished Yeovil's novels and four new ''Dark Future'' books in 2005/06 under their own Black Flame imprint.

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* AbnormalAmmo: Explosive rounds are remarkably widespread in everything from pistols up. [=GenTech=] manufacture a special version of napalm that bonds to skin on contact and continues to burn ''underwater and inside of people''. They also make smart bullets, referred to in-universe as 'smugslugs,' that can track human heartbeats.
* AbandonedArea: Given the nature of the setting, there's a few of these. Significant examples are Salt Lake City, which the Josephites rebuild, the monastery at Santa de Nogueira and Cape Canaveral which the Josephites also rebuild. At least, partly.
* ActionGirl: Jessamyn Bonney and Chantal Juillerat. The former; a teenage cyborg who's [[HeroicHost host]] to a [[EldritchAbomination spirit ''thing'']] and is [[MadeOfIron virtually unkillable]]. The latter; a highly-skilled, superbly trained ninja nun and cyber-exorcist who doesn't need any help from the colletion United States Road Cavalrymen she has following her around.
* AlternateHistory: JFK didn't get to be President. Or assassinated. He never even got elected after his affair with Marilyn Monroe was exposed.
** Yuri Gagarin never made it back to Earth, bringing about the end of Soviet attempts at manned spaceflight.
** Nelson Mandela was made Pope in 1970.
** Following a series of riots in 1961, with one especially large one at a Madison Square Garden concert which killed Chuck Berry, Little Richard, three thousand concert goers and left Jerry Lee Lewis a paraplegic, Rock 'n' Roll was effectively outlawed and Elvis disappeared into the army.
* AlternateUniverse: Elder Seth is shown several thousand alternate versions of himself by the Dark Ones during the summoning of the Jibbenainosay. One of these visions makes for some convenient CanonWelding.
** Via a [[NightmareSequence drug-induced nightmare]] when he was shot during his army career, Elvis got to experience our world's version of himself at the nadir of his musical career; fat, sweating, crammed into a rhinestone-studded white suit and so addled on drugs he couldn't remember the lyrics to ''Are You Lonesome Tonight?.'' ''Dark Future'' Elvis swore off drugs from then on.
* AmericanAccents: This was inevitable, given the setting. The Texan Drawl, Dixie, Cajun and Urban sub-types all pop up at various points; the gas station attendant in ''Demon Download'' with his views on 'yurrup-peens'; Elvis gets a bit of Dixie and Good Ole Boy antagonist Chamberlain has a SouthernGentleman accent in ''Comeback Tour.''
* AnachronicOrder: The works as published have a slightly disjointed internal chronology. The events of ''Demon Download,'' take place before those of ''Route 666'' and ''Krokodil Tears.'' WordOfGod states that it doesn't matter what order you read them in, but ''Route 666'' takes place 'first', then ''Krokodil Tears,'' then ''Demon Download'', then ''Comeback Tour.''
* ArcWords: In ''Comeback Tour'':
--> ''"...the sky belongs to the stars."''
--->-- '''Buddy Holly'''
** Across both ''Krokodil Tears'' and ''Comeback Tour'' ''"tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock;"'' invoking the sound made by the crocodile pursuing [[PeterPan Captain Hook]] makes as a mark of antagonism between Jessamyn and Seth and as a symbol of the impending end of the world Seth seeks to bring about.
* ArmCannon: One of the Mayor of Spanish Fork's mooks in ''Route 666'' has shotgun built into his forearm. The barrel is in the palm of his hand, and he can rack the pump by vigorously moving his arm in the appropriate direction.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Krokodil's rap sheet informs us she's been arrested for Assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft auto and taking part in an illegal sporting event.
* AttackDrone: Killer Crabs, remote drones with crablike claws. They seek by heat pattern, grab hold of targets with their claws and then explode.
* AuthorAvatar: Creator/KimNewman gets in on the ShoutOut game in ''Krokodil Tears,'' where he's mentioned as director of the biopic of Dr. Ottokar Proctor.
* {{Badass}}: Mainly exemplified by Krokodil. She's a cyborg killing machine who, even when injured after Spanish Fork, took on thirty Daughters of The American Revolution and escaped successfully after killing their leader in hand-to-hand combat in addition to winning a fight with an EldritchAbomination.
* BadFuture: Not to be confused with, but definitely an example of.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: How Josephites who go fully Walton end up.
* BayOfPigsInvasion: Under President Nixon, not Kennedy (see AlternateHistory entry above), and succeeded in toppling the Castro goverment.
* BiTheWay: Jessamyn; at least during her time as Jazzbeaux with the Psychopomps. It gets casually mentioned in ''Krokodil Tears.''
* BigBad: Elder Seth, The Summoner. Immortal, head of a subverted Christian sect devoted to bringing about the victory of the Dark Ones and the end of the world.
* BiggerBad: The Dark Ones. The Dark Ones are combination of various cultures demons and the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Great Old Ones]]. Azathoth and Nyarlathotep get direct namechecks in ''Krokodil Tears''.
* BioAugmentation: One of the various things Jessamyn has done to her by Dr. Threadneedle is having him implant his self-developed micro-organisms which provide her with [[HealingFactor rapid regeneration]].
** Elvis too, has some augmentation: steel threads in his neck to keep his airway open if someone tries to strangle or garotte him, for one.
* BloodSport: Pyramid Fights are the ''Dark Future'' version of the typical [[GladiatorGames pitfight]]. Granite pyramids form the arena, and fights are often to-the-death and there don't appear to be too many rules barring the use of bio-augmentations and cybernetics, even against opponents with none.
* BodyHorror: There's a modest amount of it going on in ''Demon Download;'' Duroc carrying the demon intended to possess Fort Apache's mainframe in his body as a fake credit card. ''Comeback Tour'' gets a lot more, between the mutant Suitcase People (people mutated into alligators and other reptilian forms by[[spoiler: [=GenTech=] experimentation]]), the true origin of The Waltons (see the entry for PathOfInspiration) and Duroc's nightmares about temporarily serving as host to the Jibbenainosay.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: Via a severed hand, this is how [[spoiler: Jessamyn bypasses the security system locking down Bronson Manolo's [=DeLorean=] in Dead Rat.]]
* BrainInAJar: The Rev. Harry Powell, creator of the Word of The Lord broadcasting system, ends up one of these. A brain in a jar in a tank, mind you. One which wanders the Arizona highways, demanding donations from sinners and blasting the unrepentant with napalm.
** ''Demon Download'' also mentions in the same piece of exposition that KenDodd, WaltDisney and HowardHughes have all gone to Gentech to undergo the 'Donovan Treatment' and have their brains stored in bio-fluid filled jars until new bodies can be grown for them.
* BrickJoke: Early in ''Krokodil Tears'' a news report mention the death of Wally The Whale, last living cetacean in the Atlantic and major tourist attraction for the Isle of Skye. The Mayor of Skye plans to have the whale preserved and open up a restaurant in his stomach named ''Jonah's Snackbar.'' [[spoiler: Two hundred pages later, during the climactic fight between Jessamyn and the Jibbenainosay, Wally the Whale comes back to life. In the middle of the Bolivian ambassador's birthday party.]]
** In an early newscast in ''Demon Download'', mention is made of a pet duck cybernetically grafted to a high-powered skateboard. Two books later in ''Comeback Tour,'' Lola tells us that Dino The Skateboarding Duck has passed his medical and will be competing in the Indianopolis 500.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Elder Duroc hands Bronson Manolo one of these in exchange for a contract on Jessamyn Bonney's life.
* CanonWelding: Creator/HPLovecraft's [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]], inserted into a Creator/GamesWorkshop novel based on a game about cars with guns attached. ''Krokodil Tears'' has a sequence in which Elder Seth witnesses an alternate version of himself as [[Literature/{{Drachenfels}} Constant Drachenfels]], welding Creator/KimNewman's Warhammer novels to the Dark Future canon.
* CessationOfExistence: It's what Seth is looking forward to after he's completed his task of Summoning the Dark Ones. And what everyone else who isn't on his side and among the chosen few can expect to receive.
* ChekhovsGift: [[spoiler: The guitar 'ti-Mouche gives Elvis after he plays in the Cajun camp]] in ''Comeback Tour.''
* ChekhovsGun: Elder Seth's sunglasses in ''Route 666.'' Not just CoolShades, but also a conduit to the Outer Darkness that allows the Ancient Adversary to establish a link with Jessamyn Bonney and select her as her it's host to oppose Seth's machinations.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Elvis. It's his mystical power-through-music that ultimately defeats Seth's plan for Needlepoint.]] But initially, he's just hired for escort duty.
* ChurchMilitant: The Catholic Church has an active Inquisition, and is portrayed as being aware of Seth's dark plans and actively trying to avert their fruition.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Commander Fonvielle in ''Comeback Tour,'' who regards the Josephites as new NASA staff and Roger Duroc as the new President of the United States, while being otherwise entirely competent and connected to reality. He's also a literal Space Cadet.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The Church of Joseph engages in this in order to spill blood to hasten the coming of the Dark Ones. Seth deliberately pushes resettlers from their vehicles in ''Route 666'', has Josephites flagellate themselves to death and Jesuit commandos crucified and kept alive with occasional doses of water in ''Krokodil Tears,'' in order that their [[HumanSacrifice deaths are prolonged to make them better food for the Dark Ones.]]
* ConspicuousConsumption: Gavin Mantle, winner of the ZBC Blotto Lotto prize of 100 million dollars goes on a spree of spending to live up to this including a [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold-plated Rolls Royce shaped like a penis]], a huge mansion shaped like a pair of breasts with a swimming pool [[GemEncrusted the bottom of which is covered in gemstones]] and a small army of personal {{Sexbot}}s.
* ContinuityNod: ''Comeback Tour'' has several news reports which make mention of events from ''Demon Download'' and ''Krokodil Tears.''
* CoolCar: ''Comeback Tour'' has Elvis' original pink 1955 Cadillac, fully upgraded with lasers, mine-layers, chainguns, solid-durium armour and it can convert to a hovercraft for jobs in the swamp.
* CorruptChurch: The Church of Joseph is a mask for a ReligionOfEvil to bring about the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Even outside of this, most of the other organized religions who appear are money-grabbing televangelists like the Dexter Blumguard Crusade For Christian Capitalism.
* CrapsackWorld: And how. Distilled elements from ComicBook/JudgeDredd, Franchise/RoboCop, MadMax combined with a ruined environment, corrupt government and privatized police forces. Throw in resource shortages, evil corporations and a whole subculture devoted to being AxCrazy and leave to simmer gently. Oh, and Racial Equality? Never really happened in America. Slavery? Still legal...sort of. It's been renamed indenture and it's more wage slavery, but it's still heavily slanted against black people. On top of all this, there's a [[ReligionOfEvil Doomsday Cult]] who worship {{Eldritch Abomination}}s looking to bring about the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* CyberPunk: Whilst toying with elements from Horror; the cynical worldview damaged environment and overall dystopian feel to the Dark Future novels setting lends itself solidly to the CyberPunk trope.
* {{Cyborg}}: Chantal Juillerat and Jessamyn Bonney both have a variety of cybernetic augmentations; relatively minor in Chantal's case but much more extensive in Jessamyn's. [=Gentech=]'s Bio Division retails a wide variety of cybernetic alterations, augmentations and enhancements from the practical (replacement limbs and combat gear) to the cosmetic (yes, they can cybernetically enhance your penis).
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Dr. Threadneedle addresses this topic with Jessamyn shortly after having installed huge amounts of cybernetics and bio-augmentations in her. One of the reasons he was fired by [=GenTech=] and Dr. Zarathustra cancelled his projects was to do with the high levels of psychosis that many of his subjects suffered.
--> ''"I can do almost anything with this body, but...when you're superhuman so little seems worth the bother."''
--->-- '''Dr. Simon Threadneedle''', ''Krokodil Tears''
* DeadPersonConversation: Fonvielle has these with the ghosts of astronauts past at Cape Canaveral.
* DealWithTheDevil: Elder Seth is implied to have been the middleman between various parties and the Dark Ones in this deal. He openly states that Presley could've had one, and it's strongly suggested that Colonel Parker, Presley's manager (in the books and the real world) already did.
--> '''"Colonel Presley could have made a deal with me. I have always taken an interest in music. His life would have been different."''
--> ''"Better?"''
--> ''"Different."'''
--->-- '''Elder Seth and Krokodil''' ''Comeback Tour''
* DeathSeeker: A scene in ''Krokodil Tears'' strongly implies that this is what drives Redd Harvest.
* DeepSouth: The main Op Agency in the the Southern States is called 'The Good Ole Boys,' and the most prevalent gangcults are the Klu Klux Klan and The Knights of The White Magnolia. The G.O.B are portrayed as being pretty much an entire organization of [[Film/LiveAndLetDie J.W Peppers]] and [[TheDukesOfHazzard Boss Hoggs]], chewing tobacco, lording it over "the coloured folks" and generally being a bunch of bigoted rednecks.
* DemonSlaying: What Chantal Juillerat does for a living.
* {{Determinator}}: Jessamyn, in ''Krokodil Tears,'' both after suffering her assault from Elder Seth and still surviving, despite damage cyber-implants and other serious injuries and after her hand-to-hand showdown with [[spoiler: Dr. Proctor]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Jessamyn defeats the Jibbenainosay in ''Krokodil Tears'', a beast of the Outer Darkness ''"large enough to have Godzillas the way a dog has fleas."''
* DinerBrawl: Two in ''Comeback Tour.'' Elvis and Krokodil face off against a pair of Waltons in their [[TheFifties 1950s-esque]] diner, and Roger Duroc violently confronts a New Orleans chef who appears to have tried to steal his credit card.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas and Kentucky are unofficially known as the Independent States of America. As mentioned below, Utah was sold to an Expy of the Mormon Church and was renamed Deseret by them. It's a sufficiently separate state that it's citizens have their own passports.
* DoAndroidsDream: In ''Comeback Tour,'' it's specifically mentioned that even people who are almost entirely cybernetic need to 'switch off' for several hours at a time to engage in R.E.M sleep and also to dream.
* TheDragon: Elder Roger Duroc to Elder Nguyen Seth.
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* EldritchAbomination: The Jibbenainosay, Nyarlathoteop, Azathoth, the Ancient Adversary.
* ElectronicEyes: Jessamyn has an electronic eye, which can see into other spectra.
* ElvisLives: ''"It's 1998 and the King of Rock and Roll is still alive. After twenty years in the U.S Army, Colonel Elvis Aron Presley...is carving out a legend as the toughest independent Sanctioned Op in the South."'' '''back-cover blurb''', ''Comeback Tour''
* EmptyShell: Dr. Threadneedle suffers from this. He warns Jessamyn against the dangers of disconnecting from humanity once you're augmented, stating that he sometimes zones out for weeks at a time, watching patterns of light in sunsets or the sand grains blowing in the wind.
* EnemyDetectingRadar: Bronson Manolo has a set of this in ''Krokodil Tears''. He watches the count of hostile and friendly targets decreasing steadily with increasing SensorSuspense as it comes down to just one on each side.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Raimundo Rex, a twelve-foot tall anthro-saurian with a minigun and a grenade launcher.
* EvilMinions: Once Josephites go Walton, they definitely fall into this, having been transformed into clone-like, unquestioning 1950s American cliches with only two faces between them; one male and one female.
* EyeBeams: Jessamyn's eye also has an 'optic burner' installed so she can shoot people who get up close and personal with it.
* EyepatchOfPower: Jessamyn's ElectronicEye? She keeps it behind an eyepatch.
* EyeScream: Newman seems pretty fond of this trope. In the ''Route 666'' short story, Krokodil suffers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Elder Seth that leaves her cybernetic eye hanging out on her cheek. In ''Krokodil Tears,'' she pops it back in. Later on in the same book, Dr. Proctor gouges someone's eye out with a spoon. And then licks the spoon clean. He describes himself as having a liking for jabbing fingers (or objects) through the eyes as a killing blow.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: In ''Demon Download'', Roger Duroc remembers his father telling him that Elder Seth has been associated with the Duroc family since the Albigensian Crusade. There's also a scene at the Vatican, where a slideshow of images from 1974 to 1868 show Seth's unchanging appearance. He's even shown on a 15th century etching of Vlad The Impaler's execution.
* ExpoSpeakGag: The series has a few of these, mainly encountered in ''Krokodil Tears'' during the Californian Op Bronson Manolo's appearances. Manolo always talks like a bizarre cross between a stereotypical surfer and someone in a middle-management position. Best illustrated in this exchange betwen Roger Duroc and Manolo:
--> '''Manolo''' ''"That's a charlie A-one breeze-from-the-freeze affirmative-to-the-max topside positive situation in the black column, Roger."''
--> '''Duroc''' ''"You mean 'yes'?"''
** Dr. Blakeley pulls one in ''Comeback Tour.''
--> ''"This isn't supposed to happen; he's not a subject, he's [=GenTech=] brass. The faecal matter just collided with the ventilation system."''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The ''Route 666'' short story essentially foreshadows the novels plot - Elder Seth is out to bring about the [[OmnicidalManiac destruction of everything]] and by happenstance, Jessamyn Bonney ends up being instrumental in stopping him. A more direct foreshadow comes from Hawk-that-Settles dreams; he dreams of the One-Eyed White Girl (Jessamyn), The Man With Music In His Heart (Elvis) and The Holy Woman From Across The Water (Chantal) as people who will stand against The Summoner.
** A conversation between two United States Road Cavalry troopers in ''Route 666'' makes casual mention of the Needlepoint system.
** One of the scenes which occurs during Krokodil's possession by the Ancient Adversay in ''Krokodil Tears'' jumps to Chantal Juillerat visiting the Moscow Zoo, where the animal she happens to be looking at is a crocodile. Due to ''United States Calvary'' remaining unpublished, the foreshadowed meeting never actually happens.
* ForWantOfANail: ''Dark Future'''s alternate timeline seems to coincide closely with the Real World's, up until 1961, when JohnFKennedy is found in bed with MarilynMonroe and the subsequent scandal causes him to lose the election to RichardNixon, who serves as a two-term President instead.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Averted. ''Demon Download'' specifically mentions that lasers are instantaneous weapons, where the ''"The beam didn't travel through space. It simply appeared in the air."''
* FutureSlang: Most of the future neologisms listed in the game's rulebook get recycled in the books, and Yeovil's substitute 'freak' for most instances of 'fuck.'
** They're not just gangs, they're gangcults.
** When they're white surpremacist gangcults, they're hoodheads.
* GangBangers: The various biker gangs, Panzergirl groups and the other ''"57 varieties of psychopathic crazies"'' inhabiting the wastelands and the [=NoGos=]. The books have plenty of WhiteGangBangers as well; most representing far-right politcal beliefs (the Knights of the White Magnolia, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Klu Klux Klan, for example).
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Suitcase People. Half-human, half-alligator. Or half iguana. Or, in one case, half-tyrannosaur.
* HauntedTechnology: The ''Demon Download'' series is replete with this trope. Unsurprising, really, given the title of the first novel and the series overall. The first book has a demon infecting computer systems and operating any technology those computer systems are connected to, resulting in a demon-possessed United States Road Cavalry cruiser and later on, possessed kitchen appliances. In ''Comeback Tour'', the only reason the Josephites are able to get Needlepoint working is that [[spoiler: they're using voodoo to have the KillSat possessed by Elder Seth.]]
* HealingFactor: Jessamyn, after having been worked on by Dr. Threadneedle in ''Krokodil Tears,'' has his patented regeneration system as one of her many cybernetic augmentations, enabling her almost instantly heal minor to moderate injuries and shrug off major wounds. It doesn't make her, or its inventor invincible though.
** Elder Seth also has this. In ''Krokodil Tears'' he bites off the tip of his own finger to use in a ritual, knowing it'll grow back. His is entirely supernatural, though.
* HeelRealization: At the end of ''Comeback Tour'' [[spoiler: Fonvielle finally realizes he's on the wrong side after all and why the ghosts of the astronauts want to stop Needlepoint being brought back online]] and gets shot for his MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.
* HeroicHost: Krokodil becomes the Host of the Ancient Adversary, the Pawn of the Nullifiers. Exactly what the nature of the Ancient Adversary is is never made clear during the series. However, it seems to take the form of a crocodile and is connected in some way to the Moon. It's certainly been around as long as Seth and the Dark Ones have and it's probably not good, just antithetically opposed to them. Being it's host gives Jessamyn some degree of supernatural invulnerability and some extra super-strength on top of the cybernetic augmentations she already had.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Oliver North is the current U.S President, Boris Yeltsin rules Russia, and of course, [[ElvisPresley The King of Rock and Roll]] as a futuristic BountyHunter.
* HollywoodExorcism: Complete with holy water, prayers in Latin and the demonic target screaming and mocking all the way through.
* HumanSacrifice: Blood must be spilled to hasten the coming of the Dark Ones. Nguyen Seth is quite happy to spill his followers blood and his own to this end.
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* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Dead Rat, Arizona.
* ImprovisedWeapon: ''Comeback Tour'' has a fight between Elvis, Jessamyn and a pair of Josephite Waltons in a diner. Kitchenware rapidly gets pressed into service as handy weapons.
* {{Infodump}}: The Jack Yeovil novels manage to mainly weave their exposition about the setting, its history, past events within the series and most of the [[ShoutOut references]] into in-universe news broadcasts, usually given partway through each part of the individual novels.
* InterspeciesRomance: Elvis' channel-surfing spree in ''Comeback Tour'' briefly passes through a porno-channel in which "a hairy-legged satyr was coupling with a green, gilled nymphette." Could be costumes only, but given the bio-augmentation widely available in-universe, it's probably not.
* JacobMarleyApparel: The various ghosts of astronauts and cosmonauts seen by Fonvielle at Cape Canaveral all wear whatever they were wearing when they died; usually spacesuits. The ghost of Yuri Gagarin appears as a mobile, man-shaped conglomeration of ash.
* JailBait: Jessamyn's rap sheet indicates that, aged 13, she was already involved in prostitution.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: The [=GenTech=] Corporation, a Korean-Japanese conglomerate and the series' dubious MegaCorp. [=Gentech=] has controlling interests in most non-Asian corporations, it's own corporate currency which is accepted as legal tender by various countries and organisations, and has its financial claws dug deep enough into the U.S.A that the yen is legal currency in many American states.
* KillSat: ''Comeback Tour'' has the Needlepoint System. A world-encircling network of laser-equipped kill sats inteneded to be "capable of knocking out a flight of Soviet bombers scrambling in Tashkent or a cockroach crawling across a loft floor in Harlem." Needlepoint proved to cripplingly expensive too deploy and NASA could never get it to work, leading to it being nicknamed the "Needledick System."
* LargeHam: The demon who possesses the computer systems of Fort Apache in ''Demon Download'' is one of these. As soon as it gets into a machine with a voicebox it begins very loudly spouting cliches and acting like a cross between Jack Torrance in Film/TheShining and Jack Nicholson as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* LegoGenetics: The Suitcase People appear to have been created from splicing alligator DNA into humans. Somehow, this created a group of half-human hybrids with tails and alligator jaws, and a few more primordial throwbacks such as one who's basically a half-dinosaur hybrid.
** ''Kid Zero and Snake Eyes'' mentions at its conclusion that [=GenTech=] also gives people animal genes for temporary/semi-permanent skin/eye changes for fashion purposes, much like temping in {{Transmetropolitan}}.
* ListOfTransgressions: ''Krokodil Tears'' opens with Jessamyn's rap sheet from 1991, when she was still at HighSchool.
* LotteryOfDoom: Averted in the ZBC Blotto Lotto, which is just your ordinary, win millions of dollars lottery. Then played straight in that Roger Duroc decides that the best of way of randomly selecting a test target for Needlepoint's first firing is the winner of the ZBC Blotto Lotto. After all they are selected entirely randomly, without bias!
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* MadScientist: Dr. Zarathustra, head researcher of [=GenTech=] is widely implied to be at the very least skirting the edges of sanity.
** Dr. Simon Threadneedle, genius cyber-surgeon and definitely a bit on barmy side.
** Dr. Ottakar Proctor. He's a genius-level economist, Presidential adviser and Godfather to the First Family. Also a keen opera fan and he's written theses on cultural dynamics in the Looney Tunes cartoons. Oh, and he's a sociopathic serial killer with six hundred and forty-eight corpses to his tally.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: During the fight in Dead Rat in ''Krokodil Tears'', Dr. Threadneedle gets covered in napalm, stabbed and shot several times. He calmly assesses the damage, snaps the man trying to bayonet him in half and carries on. Once the fight is over, he decides his left is too badly damaged and detaches it. Justified, in that he's almost entirely cybernetic and he can turn off his pain processes.
** The Walton Josephites feel no pain, either. The Donnie and Marie that Jessamyn and Elvis have their DinerBrawl with shrug off being shot, stabbed, burned, heart-punched and having their arms ripped off. Again, justified, in that they're some sort of weird mutation that Elder Seth causes in his followers.
* MiddleEasternCoalition: The Pan-Islamic Congress. Due to the books primary setting being North America, they only get a passing mention in one of the ContinuityGag-laden news bulletins in ''Krokodil Tears,'' but the capital is Tehran, the Congress is currently occupying Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro.
* MsFanservice: In-universe; ZBC's newscaster Lola Stechkin. Her expositional news reports are delivered from her jacuzzi, her shower and her dancercize studio.
* MuggingTheMonster: Hermann Katz thought that the battered, mildly-concussed girl in fishnets with one eye would be the perfect next victim. Shame she turned out to be a cybernetic killing machine. Ironically, Krokodil had earlier figured that the Josephite preacher with no weapons would be an easy mark and he had such a cool pair of sunglasses to steal, after all.
** Fat Pierre, a New Orleans chef running a credit card fraud operation, picked a pretty bad mark when he picked Roger Duroc.
* {{Mutants}}: The Suitcase People, possibly the Waltonified Josephites. An assortment of mutant animals appear to live in the desertified wastelands.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile
* NGOSuperpower: [=GenTech=]. The Japanese-Korean corporation is huge, with it's various division devoted to everything from bio-augmentation, cybernetics and military hardware to household goods, cosmetic surgery and krill-based breakfast cereals. Having [=GenTech=] weapons gives a significant advantage and its strongly implied that they essentially control Japanese foreign policy. Plus, since they effectively own most of the world's corporations and private security/military outfits, they exercise an immense amount of control.
--> ''"What are [=GenTech=]...I'm sorry, I mean what are the Japanese government doing about this?"''
--->-- '''Boris Yeltsin''', ''Comeback Tour''
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Elvis sees and occasionally talks to his dead twin brother, Jesse Garon. To begin with, this is a purely internal thing, but there are points later in ''Comeback Tour'' when the Op swears he sees something there. [[spoiler: When 'Ti-Mouche gives him the guitar, both Elvis and Krokodil can see the ghost of Jesse. Of course, Krokodil can see a lot of things other people can't, thanks to hosting the Ancient Adversary.]]
* OmnicidalManiac; Elder Seth. Despite being of the position that he has no choice other than to fulfill his destiny as The Summoner and bring about the victory of the Dark Ones and the end of everything, he's perfectly aware that he's bringing about the end of the world and he doesn't care.
--> ''"I do not want to summon the Dark Ones. I must. I have no choice in the matter."''
--->-- '''Elder Seth''', ''Comeback Tour''
* OrphanedSeries: Despite Games Workshop republishing the extant Jack Yeovil novels in the ''Dark Future'' setting, and having four entirely new novels in the same universe written, they've neither republished the ''Route 666'' anthology or Brian Craig's ''Ghost Dancers'' and have no apparent interest in having the final novel in the ''Demon Download'' series published. Given that Black Library haven't put out a new ''Dark Future'' novel since 2006, and the Black Flame imprint closed in 2008, it seems as if the setting is once again consigned to Limbo.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Current U.S President Oliver North doesn't directly appear in the novels, but he's generally regarded by in-universe sources as being ineffectual and a puppet of vested interests. Also, he did let himself be manipulated by his own finance adviser into following absolutely terrible economic policies designed to cripple the country. Probably enough to qualify as a President Buffoon subtype, with a dash of President Corrupt.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Averted in ''Comeback Tour''; Needlepoint requires a massive list of codewords to be entered in response to the satellite computer's queries, taking twelve hours to complete the correct entry of all the passwords. Parodied in ''Demon Download'': The password is ''"swordfist"'' and is frequently mistaken for sword''fish.''
* PathOfInspiration: Praise the Lord and rejoice as you follow the Path of Joseph. Please ignore side-effects like your toes fusing together, your genitalia disappearing and turning into a shop window dummy version of Donny or Marie Walton, or helping to bring about the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* Patricide: At age thirteen, Jessamyn Amanda Bonney was arrested, stood trial for and was acquitted of the murder of her father Bruno, on the grounds of self-defence.
* PhlebotinumBomb: Mentioned in passing, the Virus Vigilantes gangcult of Detroit engineered a strain of mosquitoes that bore a deadly virus and did nothing but bite people in their rival's gang colours.
* PollutedWasteland: The Pacific Coast is, as quoted above. Utah is so much of a wasteland that the U.S Government ''sold'' the whole state to the religious group, The Church of Joseph.
** Niagara Falls has become The Niagara Muddy Trickle, The Great Lakes have mostly dried up and the Mississippi no longer flows. New Orleans is a partially flooded swamp and the "disease capital of the South-east."
* ThePowerOfRock: ''Comeback Tour'' features ElvisPresley. No prizes for guessing who has this power.
* PsychicLink: After stealing and wearing his CoolShades, Jessamyn and Elder Seth find that this has created a mental link between the two of them. Occasionally, they have semi-amicable mind-to-mind conversations.
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* Really700YearsOld: Elder Nguyen Seth, The Summoner. In ''Demon Download'' it's stated that Seth first came into contact with Roger Duroc's family during the Albigension Crusade. That took place in the 13th century, and it's hinted by Seth that he's ''much'' older.
--> ''"I remember a hundred years ago as if it were the last minute. A thousand, two thousand, ten thousand years ago."''
--->-- '''Elder Seth''', ''Comeback Tour''
* RedBaron: Jessamyn Amanda Bonney, alias Jazzbeuax, alias Krokodil, alias Frankenstein's Daughter.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: For [[spoiler: Commander Fonvielle it did.]]
* ReligionIsWrong: Sort of. After all, the series main BigBad is the head of an ostensibly Christian church whose actual purpose is to bring about the End of The World. They're also replete with examples of corrupt, money-grabbing, debauched religious leaders whose churches are [[ScamReligion scams]] intended to part the gullible faithful from their money. And yet; The Catholic Church is a force for good, directly opposed to the activity of the ReligionOfEvil and significantly more liberal than its real world counterpart. Equally, voodoun and Native American spirituality are portrayed in a positive light and there's a moment in ''Krokodil Tears'' where Hawk-That-Settles pays his respects to Jesus, even though he's not a Christian.
--> ''He bowed his head to the carpenter. A powerful manitou was to be revered, whether he was born in a tribal hogan or a Judean stable.''
--->-- '''Creator/KimNewman''', ''Krokodil Tears''
* RoboCam: [=GenTech=]'s cybernetic eyes. Readers occasionally get descriptions of Krokodil looking at the world as heat patterns.
* RussianRoulette: Jessamyn pulls this on a drunk antagonist in Dead Rat's bar-cum-brothel in ''Krokodil Tears.'' With a couple of slight twists; it's a seven-chambered revolver with two bullets in and her cybernetic implants make it pretty irrelevant if she gets shot.
--> ''"Didn't I mention I have a bullet-proof skull?"''
--->-- '''Jessamyn 'Krokodil' Bonney''', ''Krokodil Tears''
* ScarsAreForever: Averted. Thanks to Threadneedle's micro-organisms, Krokdil's lost all of her old scars and new wounds won't leave a mark. Zarathustra Treatments, an in-universe anti-aging drug, may also undo scarring.
* SerialKiller: Dr. Ottokar Proctor is the big example of this. A Hedonistic subtype, with a modest amount of Visionary mixed in, though he is undoubtedly insane, he certainly makes no attempt at claiming that he didn't know what he was doing.
* {{Sexbot}}: [=GenTech=] produces a range of sex clones: vat-grown bodies that can be tailored to match a buyer's fantasy and are also available in various celebrity look-a-like variations. People can license their likeness for these. Not technically robots, but they're grown with artificially limited brains and one is described as being "switched off."
* ShoutOut: Creator/KimNewman at work. Even under a pseudonym, writing for Games Workshop, the Dark Future novels were just as shout-out-tastic as ever.
** Fort Apache, in ''Demon Download''. It's not in the same place as ''that FortApache'', but it's populated by similar characters and it's computers play the theme tune from ''SheWoreAYellowRibbon'' when people log in.
** [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]], [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] and [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael Myers]] of are mentioned as inmates at the Secure Institution Dr. Proctor is locked up in in ''Krokodil Tears.''
** The Katz Motel in Spanish Fork, which features in ''Route 666'' and ''Krokodil Tears''? [[Film/{{Psycho}} Katz even has a go at murdering Krokodil in the shower while dressed as his mother.]]
** Colonel Elvis Aron Presley, toughest independent Sanctioned Op in the South. Yes, that ElvisPresley.
** JohnLennon is the leader of the Labour Party. Elvis once did a bodyguarding job for Lennon during a U.N conference, and Lennon commented that he might've stayed in music if Presley had.
** Jeffrey Archer is the leader of the Conservative Party.
** The Jibbenainosay, the EldritchAbomination Seth summons to kill Krokodil in ''Krokodil Tears'' is a reference to ''Nick Of The Woods,'' an 1839 play by Louise H Medina about a man seeking revenge for his family's murder by Native Americans.
** [[OzzyOsbourne Sir Oswald Osbourne]], greatest operatic voice of the 1990s. Noted for his performance in ''Pagliacci'' and of ''Nessun Dorma.''
** BruceSpringsteen appears to be Elvis' building's security guard in ''Comeback Tour.''
** Creator/IainBanks is the Mayor of Skye.
** Creator/NeilGaiman, a long-time friend of Newman's, pops up as the author of ''Tintin in the Land of the Ragheads;'' a controversial graphic novel that sees a fatwa declared on him by the Pan-Islamic Congress.
** A slang term for teenage gang members in the [=NoGos=] is a 'panzer girl/boy.' ComicBook/TankGirl did come out in the same year, after all.
** One the people who receive a copy of Jessamyn Bonney's Arrest Report at the beginning of ''Krokodil Tears'' is ''Interzone'' editor David Pringle, who also worked as series editor for ''Dark Future'', TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}.
** Bronson Manolo's high-tech and highly secure tank and mobile command centre is a [[Film/BackToTheFuture DeLorean]] Sand Master.
** Mention is made in ''Comeback Tour'' of a small and little-known Op Agency acting as underground railroad for indentess to escape slavery in the [[DeepSouth Southern States]]. The Agency's name? [[Series/LogansRun Logan's Runners]]
** After being augmented by Threadneedle, Jessamyn asks him [[Film/{{Superman}} "When do I get to squeeze a lump of coal into a diamond?"]]
** Creator/LeonardNimoy and Creator/MarkHamill are among the casualties Fonvielle remembers from the American Space Programme.
** One of several United States Road Cavalry members who put in an appearance is one [[SheWoreAYellowRibbon Sergeant Quincannon. And yes, he's stationed at Fort Apache.]]
** ''Dark Future'''s Series/DoctorWho is played by Barry Humphries of [[DragQueen Dame Edna Everage]] fame.
* ShownTheirWork: Kim Newman did quite a bit of research on Elvis for ''Comeback Tour,'' and it shows. From the extensive song titles to the little details about how The King cut his first acetate at Sun Records and his family background, there's a wealth of detail that most people would have no clue about.
** He also did fair bit on NASA history to flavour the history of Cape Canaveral with accuracy and some neat little ShoutOut moments to past astronauts.
* ShowWithinAShow: ZBC, The Station That's Got It All provides the Yeovil novels with several. There's medical SoapOpera ''My Pal, The Biosurgeon,'' crime reconstruction and news show ''Snitchwatch, USA,'' survivor game show ''The Cain Factor'' and masturbation advice from ''Jack Off With Jake.''
* SkeletonKeyCard: Played for laughs. Skeleton keycards, for bypassing electronic card locks are part of the equipment issued to Chantal by the Vatican.
* SlaveLiberation: Elvis routinely works against organizations (legal and otherwise) who make money off the legalized slavery system of indenture. ''Comeback Tour'' starts out with him helping defend a swamp township from a group Klan-hood wearing slavers, and later on he liberates a group of indentees being used as human shields.
* SlidingScaleOfLawEnforcement: For a setting in which LawEnforcementInc is a major plot factor, Yeovil's novels at least sit roughly in the middle of this. Sure, there are outfits like the Good Ole Boys; taking handouts, running protection and indulging in the slave trade. But there are also Logan's Runners and the Hound Dog Agency who go out of their way, often turning down more lucrative and safer jobs, to help the underprivileged and under-financed.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: The novels are generally rooted in the Unusual level: it's the near future, supernatural events do occur and there are some weird mutant creatures, but they're viewed by the general population and several of the main cast as bizarre happenings, not day-to-day events. Some of the future tech veers it towards the Fantastic, as do the Eldritch Abominations, but these aren't the main focus and certainly not regular occurrences.
* SouthernGentleman: ''Comeback Tour'''s BigBadWannabe Robert E. Lee Chamberlain of the Good Ole Boys Op Agency. He's got a white linen suit, an expensive cigar perpetually attached in place of a corncob pipe, unfailingly calls women "ma'am," and a Dixie accent. Of course, beneath his stereotypical facade he's also a DirtyCop and a [[SlaveCollar dirty slave-taker]].
* StagedShooting: In the ''Route 666'' anthology, the Myles Burnham short ''Four-Minute Warning'' ends with a fake execution variation; trigger is pulled, but the gun turns out not to be loaded as it was purely to humiliate and terrify the target.
* StepfordSmiler: Female Josephites who turn into Waltons turn into Type C.
* StubbornMule: Elvis is watching TV in ''Comeback Tour'' and briefly pauses his channel-surfing to be amused by Pepe The Robo-Mule, a cyberneticly augmented Hispanic burro version of Franchise/RoboCop who declares himself to be "A stubborn crusader for jos-teece!"
* SuperSenses: Jessamyn, via her various cybernetic implants. And Doc Threadneedle, who gave her them. Listed enhanced senses include taste, touch, Infra-red and Heat Vision, bat sonar and a model that can convert light patterns into psychedelic experiences.
* SuperStrength: Jessamyn either due to cybernetics or through the influence of the Ancient Adversary at different points. Dr. Threadneedle, due to his own bio-augmentations.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Hiroshi Shiba, [=GenTech=] corp executive in charge of the Narcoossee Compound speaks near-imepccable English, which he attributes to his study of American Culture whilst at corporate college.
* TakeThat: The Church of Joseph are a fairly widely-aimed swipe at Christian Fundamentalism in general and, with their HQ in Utah, the Mormon Church in particular. That long-term members of the Church eventually turn into Donny and Marie Walton clones is a light-hearted jab at certain aspects of American culture.
** Rev. Powell and his corrupt church in ''Demon Download'', Gary The Guru in ''Krokodil Tears.''
** The Daughters of the American Revolution are depicted as a white supremacist gangcult.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Thanks to the 1990-1991 publication dates of most of the original novels, there's no real indication of the Internet and people are still being asked to send hardcopy faxes in to ZBC to enter competitions, rather e-mailing, texting or pressing buttons on their TV remotes. A Cavalry Trooper mentions having a CD in his Walkman. Then again, most of these technological advances hadn't really taken off even in 1995 - '95 was the year the Internet was commercialized, MP3 players didn't appear until 1996 and first-gen iPods didn't until 2001.
* TeenyWeenie: When [[spoiler: Hiroshi Shiba]] turns into a Suitcase Person, he's in the middle of peeing. One of the scientists who cart him away to the lab observes ''"Oh well, it's not the size of your pencil; it's how you write your name."''
* TemptingFate: Susie Terhune of the Holderness-Manolo team sent into Dead Rat to eliminate Jessamyn demonstrates a total lack of GenreSavvy by announcing: ''"She doesn't stand a chance."''
* TimeAbyss: Elder Seth. A scene in ''Route 666'' has him remembering blood sacrifices from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenyan_Rift_Valley Mutia Escarpment]], [[Literature/TheBible Judea under King Herod]] and TheRomanEmpire.
* TotallyRadical: Bronson Manolo talks like this. All the time. Then again, he's a perma-tanned, Californian SurferDude with [[TwinkleSmile perfect white teeth]] and a totally ripped bod who also happens to a top-flight Op, dude.
* {{Troperiffic}}: A series of Creator/KimNewman works in an AlternateHistory.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Dark Future pretty much exemplifies this trope; from it's not even a decade away setting, accentuated urban decay, inner city crime gone wild, dubious [[MegaCorp Mega Corps]] and Japan taking over the world in the shape of the [=GenTech=] Corporation.
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* UnitedEurope: The United European Community. They use Sicily as a giant prison camp. In keeping with the British creator, the U.K isn't in the the U.E.C, though it does use the [=ECU=] for currency. Slightly averted as Switzerland maintains it's neutrality.
* Unobtainium: ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has Adamantium, ''Dark Future'' had durium. Lots of things get made out of this; cars, armour, doors, and most of Krokodil (and other cyborgs) internal armour and augmented bone-structure.
* TheUnpronounceable: Nguyen Seth's first name is a fairly soft version. Elvis' mechanic in ''Comeback Tour'', Nick Papageorgidias is a little harder.
* UnusualUserInterface: Skulljacks for vehicle/machine/weapon interfacing get mentioned several times.
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Averted in that America didn't take part in the Vietnam War. Instead, it was the U.S.S.R that did, and it ended up ruining the Soviet Union. The war was costly, a political disaster and crippled the Soviet Space Program and saw a successful coup led by Yuri Andropov that ushered in a more democratic Soviet State. Boris Yeltsin is still President in 1998, though.
* VoodooDoll: In ''Comeback Tour'', a voodoun priest makes one of these of a minor antagonist and gives it to Elvis. It actually works.
* WackyFratboyHijinx: Greek Fraternities have transformed into gangs for WhiteGangBangers. A scene in ''Krokodil Tears'' sees Redd Harvest chasing down a group of Fratmobiles full of "fresh-faced Fascists in letter jackets and football helmets."
* WarriorMonk: The Jesuit Order are used as the Vatican's crack commandos, carrying out infiltration and sabotage missions against the Catholic Church's enemies. Mostly seen as the results of unsuccessful attempts to infiltrate Deseret and bring down the Church of Joseph. Partly justified in that the Society of Jesus were historically founded by a knight and were a technically militant order.
* WeCanRebuildHim: Krokodil undergoes this, willingly, at the hands of Dr. Threadneedle after getting knocked around by Seth in ''Route 666.'' It's mentioned that there's a limit to how much someone can be rebuilt, and certain diseases and injuries are unsurmountable by [=GenTech=]'s [=BioDiv=], leading to people taking the Donovan Treatment and becoming [[BrainInAJar brains in jars]], waiting for advances to build them new bodies or being transplanted into mechanical ones.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Nguyen Seth. In his own words: ''"I am already mad by most standards."''
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Krokodil is spelt like that when you convert the Russian for crocodile into Western characters. Jessamyn herself is a big fan of Soviet Rock and Roll in-universe. Ironically, Krokodil is now a slang term for a particular drug in modern Russia.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Duroc considers killing Fonvielle for just this reason when Needlepoint is activated. Averted in that he doesn't do it. [[spoiler: Not for this reason, anyway.]]
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