Literature: Department 19

"Battling vampires since 1892. Now it's time to raise the stakes."

Department 19 is a series of novels by Will Hill.

The premise: Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing and the other survivors of Dracula. Aided by Frankenstein's monster, a beautiful vampire girl with her own agenda, and the members of the agency, Jamie must attempt to save his mother from a terrifyingly powerful vampire.

Book two, Department 19: The Rising, was released in August of 2012. The plot is a race against the clock to track down Valeri Rusmanov before Dracula can return to full power. The third book, Department 19: Battle Lines, was released in August of 2013, and the fourth, Zero Hour, was released in June 2014. Darkest Night, the fifth and final book, will be released in June of 2015.


  • Alternate Reality Game: A goods portion of the marketing campaign and website is done in this style. There are conspiracy videos on the book's website, showing strange sightings and things that are chalk full of Fridge Brilliance. Bonus if you're logged onto Facebook as you check out the main video. It's a mock news report of several children in the area vanishing after "beings with red eyes" were spotted during the night. The site will take your profile picture and those of two friends and place them on the pictures of the missing people. (Can be unintentionally hilarious if you or one of your friends happen to be using a gag image and not an actual picture of him or herself.)
  • Apocalypse How: Dracula rising to full power is speculated in-universe to be a Class 2.
  • Ax-Crazy: Alexandru is a textbook example. Dracula is even more vicious, but he keeps it restrained enough that he seems polite.
  • Bad Ass - Many of the characters, especially Frankenstein.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Dracula, the classic novel by Bram Stoker, is stated to have been fact in book two. Dracula himself is also revealed to have once been Vlad Tepes, a nonfictional person and one of the suspected sources of inspiration for the villain of Bram Stoker's classic novel.
  • BFS: Dracula wields one in Zero Hour.
  • Big Bad: Vlad Tepes, but best known as Count Dracula
  • Big Brother Instinct: A flashback in book two reveals that Alexandru was once this to Valentin—before he grew up to be a complete madman, that is. Valentin then relies on That Man Is Dead logic to separate himself from Alexandru.
  • Bittersweet Ending - In the first novel Jamie's mother is safe, but she's now a vampire. Alexandru is seemingly dead but Frankenstein most likely didn't survive the fall in his fight with a werewolf. Dracula's remains have also been stolen and he has been brought back to life.
  • Canis Major- The werewolves. Frankenstein of all beings becomes one in the sequel.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Vampires tend to do this to their victims, and staking a vampire causes them to explode into Ludicrous Gibs.
  • Dark Action Girl - Larissa
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Dracula once slaughtered an entire village in northern Romania via Cold-Blooded Torture and forcing its inhabitants to do horrible things to their loved ones because the mayor's wife didn't bow properly to him.
    • Alexandru Rusmanov also loves to do this. Larissa doesn't kill Jamie when told? He flies off with her, then beats her to the brink of death and drops her out of the sky. A vampire girl might have been seen by her victim's family? He tears her limb from limb and eats her heart. Anderson fails to answer a simple question? Alexandru rips his tongue out. Jamie goes looking for him? Alexandru and his vampires go to Lindisfarne Island, which has about 160 inhabitants, and horribly slaughter at least half of them.
  • Doorstopper: All four novels are well over 500 pages.
  • The Dragon - Valeri.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dracula.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Government Conspiracy: Up to eleven. Other nations' equivalents to Department 19 are mentioned more than once.
  • Gorn - For a young adult novel, the book itself becomes fairly violent and gruesome as it goes along. One character has a fountain of blood explode from him as his neck is slashed open and vampires exploding into showers of gore and blood when killed are just some examples. Each installment is more gruesome than the last.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In The Rising, Valentin Rusmanov says that he likes the world and has no wish to see Dracula tear it apart, so he teams up with Blacklight. However, whilst he's technically on the right side, he's by no means nice to everyone. In Battle Lines, he's rude and abrasive when talking to Frankenstein and is downright horrible to Kate about Jamie and his mum (despite his later claims that he did it to help her, which could be true, but still...)
  • Teen Genius: Jamie becomes one of the most famous and respected members of Department 19 at the age of 16, and Matt Browning, (the Rising spoiler) is shown to have an IQ of 196 when he joins the Department in the second book.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Matt realizes very early on that his intelligence would get him relentlessly bullied, so he chooses to hide it.
  • The Mole - Thomas Morris in the first book. In The Rising, it turns out Richard Talbot is one as well and in Battle Lines it is revealed Richard Brennan was one as well, however in Zero Hour it turns out he was not working for Dracula as expected but was instead part of a Russian project called Safeguard and was a manipulated spy for the SPC (Russian Department 19).
  • Monster Mash - From the get-go, we're given vampires and Frankenstein. By the end of the novel, werewolves join into the fray.
    • Zombies are also mentioned but not seen, yet...
  • Nothing Is Scarier: What Dracula has planned for Henry Seward's ultimate fate is never revealed to the reader, but it is revealed to Seward. Dracula even attempts to dissuade him from asking about it, and Seward's response to merely being told about it is to vomit and pass out.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain - Just because Larissa never killed a human being doesn't mean she can't rip vampires apart.
    • In The Rising, Valentin Rusmanov defects and joins Blacklight to help them stop Dracula. However, this doesn't mean he is necessarily 'good'. In Zero Hour, he messily kills a vampire couple who destroyed his home and a load of Valeri's followers placed in a house to stop him. It's really gory.
  • Not Quite Dead: Frankenstein
  • Our Monsters Are Different
    • Our Vampires Are Different: They aren't The Undead, they're mutants, and the mutation is spread by saliva. The mutation activates a dormant part of the brain called the V gland and greatly boosts their metabolism, but the latter must be sustained by feeding on blood (not necessarily human). The V gland gives them abilities like Super Strength, super-speed, enhanced senses, and flight, and drinking blood allows them to heal even quite serious injuries almost instantly. They're also extremely vulnerable to UV light, and being staked through the heart causes them to explode into a shower of gore. They also get Stronger with Age, and the older the vampire that turned them, the stronger they start out as. Last but not least, they are very much able to enter a house uninvited.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: All vampires.
  • Shout-Out: Many due to the novel following elements from both Dracula and Frankenstein.
    • The book features a list of different departments of the English government. Department 19 is listed as CLASSIFIED, while MI 6 is also on the list.
  • Teen Genius: Jamie becomes one of the most famous and respected members of Department 19 at the age of 16, and Matt Browning is shown to have an IQ of 196 when he joins the Department in the second book.
  • Undying Loyalty: Valeri towards Dracula.
  • Unstoppable Rage: DRACULA.