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The ''Anno Dracula'' series by Creator/KimNewman is set in an AlternateHistory where {{Dracula}} defeated Van Helsing's group of vampire hunters and conquered Britain, resulting in vampires coming out of the woodwork and becoming visible (if not always exactly accepted) members of society.

One of the features of the series is that it is a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, with every significant vampire in fiction getting at least a mention or a cameo, along with an enormous number of other famous fictional characters who had not previously been associated with vampires. One of the main characters is Geneviève Dieudonné, this universe's version of the title character from Newman's WarhammerFantasy series ''The Vampire Genevieve''.

It consists of four novels and numerous short stories:

* ''Anno Dracula'': 1888. Dracula rules England as Prince Consort. UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper stalks vampire prostitutes in Whitechapel. Charles Beauregard, a (non-vampire) agent of the Diogenes Club, is sent to track the murderer down, and finds himself enmeshed in a plot to free England from Dracula's rule.
* ''The Bloody Red Baron'': 1918. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI devastates Europe. Vampires fight on both sides.
* ''Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha'' (alt. title ''Judgment of Tears''): 1959. Every vampire who is anybody is flocking to Rome for Dracula's wedding, but there is a mysterious vampire killer on the loose.
* ''Johnny Alucard'': 1976-1991. Incorporates several of the short stories below, then takes the action up to the early 90s. A vampire turned by Dracula comes to the United States with power on his mind.
* "Vampire Romance": 1923. A group of influential elder vampires meets in an isolated country house, and Genevieve Dieudonne attends at the behest of the Diogenes Club. Then the road washes out and somebody starts killing off the guests.
* "Aquarius": 1968. Kate Reed investigates a series of vampire-related murders in Swinging London.
* "Castle in the Desert": 1977. A private detective investigates the death of his ex-wife, found at the bottom of her swimming pool with an iron stake driven through her, and the disappearance of her daughter, last seen falling in with a crowd of vampire cultists.
* "Coppola's Dracula" 1976. Creator/FrancisFordCoppola is making the film for which he will always be remembered--an adaptation of ''Dracula'' starring MarlonBrando as Dracula and MartinSheen as Jonathan Harker. The film crew is befriended by a young-looking vampire, who leaves with them when they return to America.
* "Andy Warhol's Dracula": 1978. Johnny Pop, the young-looking vampire who came to America with Coppola's film crew, finds his place in his new homeland, on his way to becoming the next Dracula. He becomes rich and socially successful, but risks losing it all when the many enemies he makes along the way join forces against him.
* "Who Dares Wins": 1980. The Romanian Embassy in London has been taken over by "freedom fighters" who want Transylvania to become a homeland for the undead.
* "The Other Side of Midnight": 1981. Orson Welles receives funding from a mysterious source to film the ultimate version of ''Dracula'', and hires a private detective to find out why.
* "You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings": 1984. A covert mission using undead agents to unseat the Ceausescu regime in Romania.

Titan Books has all four books in print.

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!!The Anno Dracula series provides examples of:

* ABNegative: In ''Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha'', the vampire [[Radio/HancocksHalfHour Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock boasts that he can only drink AB- blood]].
* AcePilot: ''The Bloody Red Baron'' sees Literature/{{Biggles}}, Captain Midnight and Radio/TheShadow go up against the Red Baron, [[Comicbook/EnemyAce Hans von Hammer]] and ComicBook/{{Airboy}}'s ally the Heap.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Penelope paints a haunting portrait of Dracula after she kills him, as a relic of a lost world who cannot keep up with the faster, modern world, despite of Dracula's fondness for modernity. When she kills him, Dracula appears to welcome final death, even driving the silver knife further in. Or Penelope is just trying to make herself feel better.]] Hilariously, [[spoiler: [[NotQuiteDead He not only gets]] ''better'', he gets ''revenge'' in Johnny Alucard]].
* AlienSpaceBats: History is changed forever because vampires.
* AlternateHistory: The heroes of the original novel fail, Mina joins the undead and Dracula is free to spread his vampirism. However this isn't as bad as you think.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Vampires are real. Every fictional character who is a vampire is real. Everyone and everything native to Universal or Hammer Horror is real. Characters from all corners of the horror genre are real. Characters from works that owe anything to the horror genre are real.
* AllohistoricalAllusion: All over the place.
** The novel ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' exists exactly as it does in our universe, but it's wishful-thinking Alternate History about how the Count could have been stopped before he took the throne.
** ''Literature/ADanceToTheMusicOfTime'' also exists exactly as it does in our universe; it's wishful-thinking Alternate History about there not being any vampires at all.
** In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', someone speculates that if it weren't for all these vampires, maybe World War I wouldn't have happened.
* {{Alucard}}: ''John/Johnny'' Alucard.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Charles dies of old age in "Dracula Cha Cha Cha", and Dracula is murdered.]]
* AristocratsAreEvil: Most vampire elders (slang for any vampire who's outlived their mortal lifetime twice over) are assholes. A significant proportion of them go by [[FollowTheLeader "Count"]].
* AscendedExtra: Kate Reed, who was actually ''written out'' of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' before publication, becomes a major character.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Dracula is a veritable giant in the climax of ''Anno''.
* BadassBoast: Genevieve Dieudonne has one towards the end of ''Anno Dracula'' when she and Charles meet Dracula himself after he gives a long speech to her. Dracula is fifty years younger than she, and having seized control of London, murdering innocents and making himself a tyrant Prince Consort, is overly arrogant:
-->''"Were you not alone Genevieve Dieudonne? And are you not among friends now? Among equals?"''\\
''"Impaler," she declared, "I have no equal."''
* BadassCrew: In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', the Baron himself leads a squad of German fliers who are all vampires and aces, much like the real life Jagdgeschwader 1 the Baron led. Except not only are they vampires (making them excellent night pilots) to match up to the Allies' slightly better squad of aces (which includes Expies of The Shadow, Biggles, and Captain Midnight, along with real life British ace Albert Ball) the squad is modified by science and elder vampire blood into giant bat fliers wearing machine-gun rigs.
* TheBadGuyWins: The series starts out like this. Dracula manages to defeat the hunters, turns Mina into one of his brides and creates his vampire army as planned. The end of the series itself (or at least as of the publication of the various short stories and new material that makes up the book ''Johnny Alucard''), is effectively this as well.
* BodyDouble: In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', [[spoiler:Dracula deploys a number of decoy body doubles during the climactic battle (one of whom, in an AllohistoricalAllusion, is implied to be Creator/BelaLugosi). It backfires once the decoys start being killed, because the news that "Dracula's dead" travels faster than the news that there are decoys in play, and his troops are demoralized by their leader's apparent death (and then also bewildered by the arrival of multiple conflicting accounts of his death)]].
* CaptainErsatz: The series mostly prefers the LawyerFriendlyCameo, but occasionally resorts to characters who, as the saying goes, resemble but are legally distinct from the Lollipop Guild. These include vampire hunter [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Barbie Winters]] in "The Other Side of Midnight" and secret agent [[Film/JamesBond Hamish Bond]] in ''Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha''.
** ''Anno Dracula'' features a cameo by an American reporter in a white suit and straw hat commenting on the Ripper case as a time-displaced ShoutOut to one of Newman's favourite shows. Since this is clearly supposed to be [[Series/KolchakTheNightStalker Carl Kolchak]], Newman has later admitted to kicking himself for lacking the foresight to see that the series would go on have installments set in the 1970s, where he could use Kolchak more naturally.
* CelebrityParadox:
** ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' has an actor who played Tarzan meet up with the actual Lord Greystoke.
** In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', [[spoiler:Bela Lugosi impersonates Dracula during a suicide mission]].
* ChineseVampire: One makes an appearance in ''Anno Dracula''.
* ChurchOfHappyology: "Castle in the Desert" has L. Keith Winton, the vampiric author of ''Plasmatics: The New Communion'', and founder of the Church of Immortology.
* CompositeCharacter: Done a few times, to work as many references into a character as possible. In particular, Dracula himself is implied to be every version of Dracula, ever (when we first see him, his body is constantly changing shape, and in the second book [[spoiler: Bela Lugosi can pass as his double).]]
** The first book concerns Jack the Ripper killing vampire prostitutes, combining the real Ripper (whoever he may have been) with the fictional [[spoiler: Dr. Seward from the original Dracula novel.]]
** Another example is one of the thugs who attacks Hamish Bond in ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' -- physically he resembles FrankensteinsMonster, but he has [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Jaws']] teeth, [[{{Film/Goldfinger}} Oddjob's]] hat, and his nickname is [[ComicStrip/DickTracy Flattop.]]
** In "Vampire Romance", there is a Chinese elder vampire who is both Kah (the priest whose body Dracula takes over in ''Film/TheLegendOfThe7GoldenVampires'') and the evil kung fu villain Pei Mei. His name is simply Kah Pei Mei.
* CreativeSterility:
** In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', Creator/EdgarAllanPoe has not written a word of fiction since he became a vampire.
** In "Andy Warhol's Dracula", [[spoiler:there's a subversion -- it's widely agreed that the artworks Warhol created after he became a vampire lack an essential spark present in his earlier work, but it turns out at the end that Warhol never actually crossed over, only adopted vampire mannerisms, and remained human his entire life]].
** Also played with in that several other famous people -- such as Bob Dylan -- are mentioned to have become vampires, and suffer the same lack of creative spark in their later works. However, several of these criticisms have ''also'' been raised about the real, non-vampire artists as their careers have progressed and their fields have moved on.
* DeconstructionCrossover
* DepravedHomosexual: ''Anno Dracula'' has Vardalek, a diseased, murderously sadistic member of the Carpathian Guard.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Charles Beauregard and Genevieve are the first book's main characters, being the focus of the most chapters.
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: Newman gets a kick out of this trope. He is, after all, a film critic. For example, Francis Ford Coppola's take on the Dracula story in this universe stars [[Film/ApocalypseNow Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen]].
** Not limited to films, either. In-universe ''Literature/IAmLegend'' is treated as an anti-vampire propaganda novel.
** In ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'', vampire Edgar Poe is called to Rome to write the film version of ''Jason and the Argonauts'', starring Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles (as the ship), Fritz Lang (as the voice of God), and ''Clark Kent''[[note]]whose career is depicted as paralleling that of Steve Reeves (no relation to [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman George]] or [[Film/{{Superman}} Christopher]])[[/note]].
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' has some parallels to the James Bond series and the Bond character shoots the Blofeld character. However, Bond had misread the situation. The real villain was [[spoiler:a vampire shapeshifter. He was the cat and the Blofeld character carrying him around was just one of his minions]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Played with in ''Johnny Alucard.'' Dracula, who begot the title character, has been living on inside him as a spirit. At the end, he displaces Johnny altogether. Johnny's sudden "death" occurs between paragraphs and is unnoticed by just about everyone.]]
* DyingClue: Played with in ''Anno Dracula'', where one of the Ripper's victims, in her dying spasm, grabs the trouser leg of the attending doctor. The protagonists jokingly suggest that she was trying to tell them the killer's name was "Sydney Trouser", or that she was aiming for "Mr Boot" and missed. It takes them much longer to discover what the audience by this point already knows: that the doctor is the Ripper.
* EmergencyTransformation: In ''Anno Dracula'', there's a scene where Genevieve attempts to perform an Emergency Transformation on a friend who has been fatally wounded in an attack, but the friend chooses to die rather than become a vampire.
* EurekaMoment: In ''Anno Dracula'', Genevieve and Charles are struggling with their investigation into Jack the Ripper's murders. Genevieve wishes aloud that Dr. Seward were with them, as he treated all the victims and could have told them what they had in common. As soon as she says this, Charles realises something: [[spoiler:They had Seward in common. ''Jack'' Seward.]]
* ExternalRetcon: Van Helsing and his cronies are revealed to be less virtuous than Bram Stoker depicted them in ''Dracula''. (Dracula himself is much the same, though, and certainly not a misunderstood hero.)
* FantasticDrug: In ''Johnny Alucard'', there's "drac", which is made from powdered vampire blood and temporarily grants superhuman abilities.
* FantasticSlurs:
** In ''Anno Dracula'' some living humans call vampires "leeches" (and some vampires have a rather derogotary way of saying "the warm"). In "Castle in the Desert", a California diner has a sign saying "No Vipers".
** The Victorians sneer at noveau vampires as "murgatroyds", after Gilbert, despite turning vampire himself, satirizes them in the alt-world version of ''{{Theatre/Ruddigore}}'' [-WITH VAMPIRES-]!
* FauxAffablyEvil: Dracula. "Dracula's smile was persuasive, but behind it were his teeth."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "Vampire Romance" there is plenty of foreshadowing as to who The Crooked Man really is, with references abounding to the person themselves. When it is finally revealed, Geneviève mentions that a penny in her head all night finally dropped. Specifically, his murder of two young boys, which the character himself refers to as a part of a long-ago formed habit.
* FullFrontalAssault: Dracula in the climax of ''Anno Dracula''.
* GeniusLoci: Mama Roma in ''Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha''
* GenreRoulette: ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' starts out as one of the "romantic adventure in Europe" American films of the Fifties before it gets hijacked by a ''giallo'' slasher flick. And then it becomes a [[SpyFiction Spy Thriller]]. Then a ''giallo'' again. Then a ReligiousHorror film.
* GenreThrowback:
** The short story "Vampire Romance" is a throwback to Agatha Christie style murder mysteries.
* GoodGriefAnotherPeanutsShoutOut: In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', Baron von Richthofen has an inexplicable hatred toward a small white beagle.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Dracula, or at least his influence, is always present, but he's almost never the actual antagonist directly opposing the heroes.
* HerrDoktor: ''The Bloody Red Baron'' has a number of German Mad Scientists from film and literature, including Professor ten Brinken from the 1911 German novel ''Alraune'' and Dr. Caligari from ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari''.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[Creator/BramStoker Bram and Florence Stoker]], UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria, and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper are just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. Also, Jack the Ripper's victims, while vampires, are all named after the real Ripper victims.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade:
** In "Vampire Romance", the villain turns out to be [[spoiler:a vampirised Richard III, who is ''worse'' than Shakespeare portrayed him. He resents Will for saying he sent someone to kill the Princes in the Tower; he dealt with them ''personally'']].
** Hanns Heinz Ewers appears in ''The Bloody Red Baron'' as a murderous and arrogant man whose plans to slaughter an "inferior" woman are only foiled by the undead Creator/EdgarAllanPoe. The real Ewers was attracted to the nationalist and militarist aspects of National Socialism, but split with the Nazis over their antisemitism.
* InSpiteOfANail: By the second book, World War One is happening in roughly the same way it did in our history (with a LampshadeHanging that many believe it wouldn't have happened without the vampire influence), and by the third book (set in TheFifties) the vampires seem to have had no real effect on history at all; they exist, but everything else is the same. "Coppola's Dracula" recapitulates the making of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' with bizarre precision, considering it's set in a different history and concerns a film based on a different book.
* KarmaHoudini: Lord Ruthven and Caleb Croft, who helped Dracula set up his police state and then ran one of their own for the next 30 years. At last report, Ruthven was Home Secretary in MargaretThatcher's cabinet (and planning the next in his seemingly endless series of ascents to the big chair), while Croft had retired to become an esteemed sociology professor.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The series includes a lot of characters who go unnamed but have familiar descriptions.
** The unnamed gumshoe in "Castles In The Desert", who just happens to have Literature/PhilipMarlowe's backstory, up to and including ''[[PosthumousCollaboration Poodle Springs]]''.
** Detective JustForFun/JohnMunch makes one of these appearances in the latter half of ''Johnny Alucard'', along with fellow ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' character Detective Meldrick Lewis.
** In "A Concert for Transylvania", the two biggest vampire rock stars are only referred to by their stage names: the Short Lion and Timmy V. "Short Lion" is a literal translation of Lioncourt, as in [[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Lestat de Lioncourt]], and Timmy is Timmy Valentine from ''Vampire Junction'' by S.P. Somlow.
* LegionOfDoom: 'Anno Dracula'' features a Victorian Legion of Doom comprising Franchise/FuManchu, [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty, Colonel Moran]], Literature/{{Raffles}}, Literature/TheInvisibleMan, [[Theatre/TheBeggarsOpera Macheath]] and [[Literature/OliverTwist Bill Sikes]]. In a twist, they [[EnemyMine join forces with the heroes]] to stop [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper the Silver Knife]], because EvenEvilHasStandards...or at least, good business practices.
* LightsOffSomebodyDies: The first murder in "Vampire Romance".
* LooksLikeOrlok: Orlok himself when he appears in ''Anno Dracula''.
* TheLostLenore: Lucy Westenra for Jack Seward in the first book.
* MainliningTheMonster: In "Andy Warhol's Dracula", the central character is a drug dealer whose product uses vampire blood as its key ingredient.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: A combination of characters from both Victorian/Edwardian fiction in general as well as vampire characters, from Blacula to A.J. Raffles.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: [[spoiler: Jack Seward turns out to be the Ripper.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: A couple of high-ranking vampires are bullying the locals in a pub when Genevieve calmly approaches them and asks them to stop. They initially dismiss her as a 'newborn' (i.e. a recent vampire) and attempt to throw their weight around with her too, but soon learn that she's far more powerful than them. One of them, however, has either more brains or sharper senses than his fellows and decides that discretion is the better part of valour in this case.
* TheNecrocracy: England toggles back and forth from malevolent to somewhat decent. The subjects include both vampires and "the warm." The former can be good, but the ones who wind up in authority tend to be somewhat self-serving.
* NoImmortalInertia: Vampires, when they die, tend to revert to whatever shape they'd be if they hadn't become vampires (ie. rotting corpses, or if they're old enough, dust). ''Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha'' has a weird twist where a model, who became a vampire to preserve her youthful beauty, gets killed and immediately gains all the weight she would have put on if she'd remained mortal.
* OldDarkHouse: Mildew Manor in "Vampire Romance", complete with the requisite number of secret passages and occupants with dark pasts.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires come from a number of various "Bloodlines", but are considered biological entities with "just a touch" of magic (they don't cast reflections, for example). Some may be able to transform, while others have corpse-like features, and others suffer from blood frenzy. Religious symbols and even garlic only affect those vampires who believe they can. Sunlight only hurts younger undead, and silver only serves to counter their regeneration abilities; any sufficient organ damage (like, say, a stake though the heart) can kill them for good. Notably, Dracula specifically isn't vulnerable to as many things as he is in Bram Stoker's version; the turning point of history comes when he shrugs off an attack that, in Stoker's novel, seriously inconvenienced him.
** By the 1970s, a number of vampires have also gained mirror reflections.
** "The Bloody Red Baron" has a particular focus on bloodlines, as [[spoiler: the Germans are experimenting with it to create the ultimate vampire: capable of becoming giant man-bats]]. It's also revealed that some vampires can heal from moonlight, while some become even stronger from it.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They definitely exist in-universe, but we've yet to meet one. Usually werewolf gets spelled with a hyphen because that's how Stoker spelled it in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Classic Romero flesh-eaters. Actually a bloodline of brain-dead vampires that "chew" blood rather than suck it. Nobody seems concerned about the possibility of a ZombieApocalypse; they seem mostly confined in a Roman slum.
* OutlawCouple: Kit and Holly (from the film ''Film/{{Badlands}}''), who [[CompositeCharacter also go by the names]] Film/BonnieAndClyde, [[Film/NaturalBornKillers Mickey and Mallory]], [[Film/GunCrazy Bart and Laurie]] and many others.
* OutOfGenreExperience: The Victorian murder mystery in the first book is temporarily interrupted by a {{Wuxia}} martial arts fight when a ChineseVampire cuts in.
* ParanormalEpisode: Yes, even in a story with vampires. ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' features [[spoiler: a trio of witch-goddesses who control the city of Rome.]]
* PuppetKing: Queen Victoria in ''Anno Dracula'', in thrall to her vampiric consort. [[spoiler:At the climax of the novel, she does a HeroicSacrifice, thereby removing Dracula's claim to the throne.]]
* PutOnABus: Genevieve doesn't appear in ''The Bloody Red Baron''.
* PrecisionFStrike: Both meta- and in-universe; towards the end of ''Anno Dracula'', a chapter clinically details the movements of the two main characters as they, quite unwittingly, head towards one of UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper's particularly gruesome murder scenes. The next chapter, which details what they see and what happens when they arrive, is simply called "Fucking Hell!" It appears that one of the main characters had quite this reaction word-for-word in-universe as well.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Dracula, obviously, and also Mycroft Holmes and others.
* ReferenceOverdosed
* RightHandCat: Gregor Brastov in ''Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha'' is a Blofeldish cat-stroking archvillain who turns out to be [[spoiler:just a puppet manipulated by the real archvillain -- his cat. Hamish Bond should have remembered that some vampires have VoluntaryShapeshifting]].
* SanitySlippage: Dr. Seward increasingly breaks down over the course of ''Anno Dracula'', eventually [[spoiler: becoming unable to distinguish his vampire lover from the very-dead Lucy Westenra.]]
* ShedTheFamilyName: In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', the undead Creator/EdgarAllanPoe dubs himself simply "Edgar Poe", because the middle name is tied to his hated foster father.
* ShoutOut: Any piece of seemingly unnecessary exposition, any background character who gets more than a sentence of description? A ShoutOut to something.
** For example, when Edwin Winthrop and Albert Ball are captured by a group of vampire trench-scavengers in ''The Bloody Red Baron'', their number include [[Film/JulesEtJim Jules and Jim]], [[Literature/LadyChatterleysLover Mellors]], [[Theatre/TheGoodSoldierSvejk Švejk]], [[Theatre/JourneysEnd Raleigh]], and [[Film/KingOfHearts Charles Plumpick]].
* ShutUpHannibal: At the climax of ''Anno Dracula'', Dracula attempts to persuade Genevieve that she should be siding with him instead of with the mortals. She's not swayed.
* SilverBullet: Silver is one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire, so silver bullets make an appearance; in one of the books' many {{Shout Out}}s they're called "[[Series/TheLoneRanger the Reid design]]".
* SilverHasMysticPowers: Silver is one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire. Under Dracula's rule of England, it's a restricted substance, subject to the same controls as poisons like arsenic. The serial killer in ''Anno Dracula'' uses a silver-edged knife to kill his victims, and is commonly called "the Silver Knife" before "Jack the Ripper" catches on.
* TheSpymaster: Mycroft Holmes, Charles Beauregard, Armand Tesla, [[Film/DrMabuseTheGambler Dr. Mabuse]], Edwin Winthrop, Gregor Brastov, and Caleb Croft (who was "C" at [[Film/JamesBond Universal Export]] and "Control" at [[Creator/JohnLeCarre the Circus]]).
* StockUnsolvedMysteries: In "Vampire Romance", a vampire who is old enough to have been an eye witness reveals who really killed the Princes in the Tower.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Dracula is killed and beheaded off-screen in "Dracula Cha Cha Cha", his unlife ending seconds after appearing.]]
* SwitchingPOV: For example, the first book follows Charles Beauregard, Genevieve, Kostaki of the Carpatihian Guard, Jack Seward and Lord Godalming.
* SwordCane: In ''Anno Dracula'', Charles Beauregard uses one as an upper-class British gentleman. He eventually has it coated with silver so it will more effectively deal with vampires.
* TakeThat: Newman isn't shy about giving unflattering portrayals to real-life personages he doesn't care for. Hanns Heinz Ewers, Field Marshal Douglas Haig, and Enoch Powell are seen in a particularly bad light.
* TenLittleMurderVictims: "Vampire Romance"
* TokenGoodTeammate: Kostaki alone of the Carpathian Guard displays decency and empathy. He is cordial to and respects Mackenzie, a [[BadassNormal warm]] policeman, while disapproving of many of his peers: cruel Von Klatka, blusterer Iorga and arrogant Hentzau. He also shows sympathy for his Christian opponents, having once fought a holy war himself, and respects Genevieve appropriately unlike the rest of the Guard. He'll still follow Dracula's orders and hold up his regime, but he'll resent some of its less ethical behavior.
* TroubledProduction: "Coppola's Dracula" is an InUniverse example, being the alternate-history version of the making of ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
* TuxedoAndMartini: Hamish Bond in ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha''.
* TwentiesBobHaircut: "Vampire Romance", set in 1923, begins with Genevieve getting a bob as part of fitting in to the new era. (The chapter title, "Genevieve Bobs Her Hair", is a shout-out to Creator/FScottFitzgerald's short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair".)
* TheUnmasquedWorld: After Dracula takes over England and all the vampires come out of hiding.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Some vampires are implied to have the traditional fangs (Inspector Lestrade's are described as ''tusks'') and evening dress, but walk about in public without a second thought. Also, characters like FrankensteinsMonster apparently don't arouse any suspicion on the streets of Rome.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes:
** In ''Anno Dracula'', UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper is a vampire hunter, and seen in exactly the same way as the real Ripper was (that is, most people think he's a monster, but a handful don't see the women he kills as really being people).
** The sociopathic CaptainErsatz [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] in ''Johnny Alucard'', who turns out to be [[spoiler:being manipulated by an actually evil vampire posing as her Watcher-counterpart]].
* VillainousBreakdown: In the climax of '' Anno Dracula'', Genevieve and Charles gain an audience with Dracula. He acts [[FauxAffablyEvil welcoming but arrogantly self-assured]] in his power, boasting to Genevieve about how he has created a utopia for the undead. However, once Charles [[spoiler:assassinates Queen Victoria, thus dissolving Dracula's claim to the throne]], he devolves into a feral beast, "[spitting] rage and hate."
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: A common theme, as to be expected in a vampire novel.
* YourVampiresSuck: "Vampire Romance", set in 1923, uses certain fictional characters of the period as [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Newman's fellow vampire writers - with unflattering results. [[Literature/DeathOnTheNile Salome Otterbourne]] wrote the ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Nitelite Saga]]'', with a hero who "glittered like a Christmas tree" and a heroine who kept on swooning, even in chapters that she was narrating; [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Rosie M. Banks]] penned the ''[[Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries Mal de Mer]]'' mysteries, which "were written in baby-talk and took about half an hour to get through", featuring characters with such silly names as Snookie; and [[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Harriet Vane]] was responsible for the ''[[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Vampyrhhic Chronicles]]'', which were written from the vampire's point of view and contained long and tedious descriptions of ancient history and Roman Catholicism.
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