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->''"Men are mortal; but Daemons are Forever"''
-->-- ''Daemons are Forever''

Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Secret Histories'' is about Shaman Bond, aka Edwin "Eddie" Drood, black sheep of an ancient, superpowerful family (the Droods) that protects humanity from its nightmares. The books are a take-off of Creator/IanFleming's James Bond books with a supernatural element to them.

* ''The Man with the Golden Torc (2007)''
* ''Daemons are Forever (2008)''
* ''The Spy who Haunted Me (2009)''
* ''From Hell with Love (2010)''
* ''For Heaven's Eyes Only (2011)''
* ''Live and Let Drood (2012)''
* ''Casino Infernale (2013)''
* ''Property Of A Lady Faire (2014)''
* ''From a Drood to A Kill (2015)''
* ''Dr. DOA'' (TBA)
Not related ''Literature/TheSecretHistory''
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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Molly Metcalf, Janissary Jane, the Bride of Frankenstein.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Some sentient Drood creations, like Ivor the Time Train, are entirely happy to serve. [[CrushKillDestroy Moxton's Mistake, however...]]
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The hungry gods/ the loathly ones.
* ApocalypseHow: In ''Daemons Are Forever'', Janissary Jane recounts how a parallel reality had been completely overrun by Hell's demons, forcing her mercenary group to annihilate that ''entire universe'' as a scorched-earth tactic. [[spoiler: A similar doomsday-device is used to destroy the Hungry Gods' home universe at the novel's end.]]
* ArcWords: ''"Anything, for the family."''
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[HellGate The Apocalypse Door]].
** The Droods also have a bunch of them that they keep the Armageddon Codex, such as:
*** Oath breaker -- A long stick of ironwood with pre-human symbols. It undoes all agreements, all bonds... right down to the atomic level.
*** Torc Cutter -- ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
*** Sunwrack -- For putting out the stars one at a time.
*** Juggernaut Jumpsuit -- Possibly makes the wearer invincible
*** The Time Hammer -- For changing the past through brute force.
*** Winter's Sorrow -- Size of a paperweight. Break it and you unleash the Fimbulwinter: an eternal winter that covers the world.
*** Dissector -- the ultimate scalpel created by Baron Von Frankenstein. It can cut through any thing, neat as you like.
*** Dominator -- A laurel wreath made from silver. The user's thoughts and wishes becomes other peoples thoughts and wishes.
** The Merlin Glass -- can be used to teleport and contact any Drood from the past and future.
** The Deplorable End -- a box with a BigRedButton that, when pressed, destroys the ''entire universe'' it's in.
** In ''Casino Infernale'', [[spoiler: the Crow Lee Inheritance -- a key booby-trapped to open a portal to a black hole, which sucks in everything in reach including the person who activates it.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted except in three instances in the first book, [[spoiler: when the strange matter arrow pierced the golden armor, when Eddie figures out how to merge it with the armor of his opponent near the end, and when dealing with Torc Cutter.]] Other than those times, the golden torc is indestructible as long as it is on.
* BadassBoast: Despite being in the [[CanonWelding wrong series]], [[{{Nightside}} Walker]] gets one in ''The Spy Who Haunted Me:''
** ''Walker: ''"I could handle Good Time Georgie if I was unconscious." He smiled easily into Georgie's reddening face, completely unmoved by the man's size or presence or anger. "Are you sure you want to do this? [[spoiler: Are you really sure I don't have my Voice anymore? Would I be here in Strangefellows, without my Voice to protect me?]] Perhaps you've forgotten all the terrible things I've done to you down the years. Or made you do to yourself. You're just a cheap thug, Georgie, whereas I... am Walker. Now go away and stop bothering me. Or I will tell you to do something deeply amusing and so extreme that people will still be laughing about it thirty years from now."
* BadassNormal: Janissary Jane. The Indigo Spirit.
** All the Drood field agents when they're not in their armor.
* BatmanColdOpen
* BattleCouple: Eddie and Molly. Harry and Roger. The Bride and Springheel Jack.
* BecomingTheMask: While Eddie doesn't lose sight of his Drood identity or obligations as Shaman Bond, he often remarks that he likes being Shaman, who has no overbearing responsibilities and can be carefree about life, a ''lot'' better than being Edwin Drood.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Early on, Eddie mentions that many of the conspiracy theories in pop culture are true. [[spoiler: Mr. Stab began his career and immortality as Jack the Ripper. A family really does (or did) control the world.]]
** Played with in ''The Spy Who Haunted Me'', when Eddie and the other competitors must track down the truth behind several stock cryptids and pop-culture enigmas (Bigfoot, [[TheTunguskaEvent Tunguska]], etc). [[spoiler: They all have a basis in something ''much weirder'' than generally claimed.]]
* BigBadWannabe: Dr. Delirium
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Droods, right from when they are born until they die.
* BottomlessMagazines: The Colt Repeater with infinite ammo and flawless auto-aim.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even when a Drood's torc is suppressed and they can't armor up, they're all trained in unarmed combat and usually keep a lot of nasty tricks up their sleeves. Eddie himself stands off an entire horde of Satanists without his armor in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'', and kicks ass in ''Casino Infernale'''s combat challenges as torc-less Shaman Bond.
** Molly remains quite a Badass even when her magic is suppressed or exhausted.
* CanonWelding / MassiveMultiplayerCrossover:
** In ''Daemons Are Forever'' the Droods are revealed to be the ancestors of Giles Deathstalker.
** Janissary Jane (in both ''Man with the Golden Torc'' and ''Daemons are Forever'') also appears in the {{Nightside}} series.
** Walker from {{Nightside}} is a character in ''The Spy who Haunted Me'' [[spoiler: and then reappears after his death to question the now dead Eddie for his new bosses in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'']].
** In ''From Hell With Love'' Methuselah was in the Nightside during the events of ''Agents of Light and Darkness'' and steals an angel's hand, then makes it into a HandOfGlory.
*** The Apocalypse Door, from the same novel, is reputed to have been created by Nicholas Hob, from ''Drinking Midnight Wine''. Molly and Izabella are tipped off about the Immortals when they visit Carys Galloway, another character from that novel.
** The director of the Literature/GhostFinders appears in ''Live And Let Drood''.
** Merlin Satanspawn gave the family the glass which bears his name in payment of a favor.
** Dead Boy from the {{Nightside}} and J.C. Chance of the ''Literature/GhostFinders'' attend the ''Casino Infernale'' Summit meeting [[spoiler: and turn up at the end for the final fight]]. The Little Lord, a minor character from the Haven stories, shows up as one of the gamblers in the Casino itself.
** The 23rd-century sexbot Eddie has a fling with in the first novel is actually [[spoiler: Dead Boy's TransformingMecha girlfriend. Yes, Eddie has had sex with ''Dead Boy's car''.]]
* CastFromLifespan: The price for the pacts Molly Metcalf made with the various powers.
* ChekhovsGun: The James Bond like devices Eddie gets. Subverted in ''The Spy who Haunted Me (2009)'' since Eddie never uses the items his uncle gives him to his uncle's extreme frustration. However in ''From Hell With Love (2010)'' he uses the items he didn't use in the last book.
** [[spoiler: The arrow that makes it through the golden torc comes back in full force by the end of the first book.]]
** Eddie sees an Armoury assistant testing a protein exploder in one book, and Molly gets to wield one in the next.
** Played so straight it practically had a big, flashing, neon "This Is A Chekhov's Gun!" arrow pointing to it with [[spoiler: the gray card Eddie receives from the Martian tombs]] in ''Casino Infernale''.
* ChekhovsGunman / TheManBehindTheMan / WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[VeryPunchableMan Philip MacAlpine]] [[spoiler: in ''The Spy Who Haunted Me'' he was thrashed by Eddie and Molly he was demoted to MI-13. He then used his contacts to find members of the old satanic conspiracy. Then made himself the leader of the new satanic conspiracy.]]
* TheClan: The Drood family obviously. Also [[spoiler: The Immortals]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: William the Librarian
* CombatClairvoyance: The Dancing Fool ''claims'' he's a martial arts master, but he's really a wannabee who benefits from this trope.
* ConspiracyKitchenSink
* CoolCar: The Hirondel is packed with gadgets: [=EMP=]s, flamethrowers and much much more. Likewise, pretty much every other car Eddie or anyone in his family drives.
* TheCowl: The Indigo Spirit is basically a CaptainErsatz for Batman -- except that he has no problem killing people.
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler: Eddie and Molly Metcalf, to the family. Also, Roger and Harry, taken to Squicky levels when one considers the incest.]]
* DeadToBeginWith: [[spoiler: Eddie in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' , he's stuck in limbo in a copy of the Drood hall]]
* DeusExMachina
** It's one of those series where you need to be one to ''survive''.
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: done at the end of ''From Hell With Love'' An Immortal disguised as Isabella stabs Eddie, then bites his poison tooth and dies while Eddie is slowly dying.]]
* {{Druid}}: The origin of the Drood family name.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: This is done twice. [[spoiler:In first book the Heart was destroyed. In the second, the Loathly Ones/Hungry Gods are destroyed.]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt:
* EndlessWinter: Ultima Thule takes this UpToEleven, being perpetually cold enough to chill Eddie even through his armor. Also, southern Siberia in ''Property of a Lady Faire'' is covered in snow, even though it's stated earlier in the same book that it's summertime.
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* ExtremeOmnisexual: The Lady Faire was ''designed'' to be this by Baron Frankenstein.
* TheFairfolk:
* FantasyKitchenSink: Psychics, aliens, spies, elves, gargoyles, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, angels, demons, Frankenstein's creations, witches, interdimensional mercenaries, Lovecraftian monstrosities, satanists, superscience of various stripes and a few superheroes to boot.
* FateDrivesUsTogether: Subverted an Hell to get an agent cozy with the Droods. [[spoiler: However, Roger actually does fall in love with Harry.]]
* FightingAShadow: In ''Daemons Are Forever.''
* FirstPersonSmartass
* FlyingBrick: When the torcs are on, the Droods become a variant of this with NotQuiteFlight.
* Foreshadowing: The van driver who drops off William in book two makes a quip that ''seems'' like a theatrical ShoutOut. [[spoiler: Then Pook reveals himself in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'', and you realize the guy really ''did'' have a giant invisible rabbit to deliver next: one that slipped out one stop early, to stick with William.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In ''The Spy who Haunted Me.''
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: [=MI13=]. Also whatever unnamed US agency Honey Lake ''really'' worked for, while ostensibly serving the [=CIA=].
* GroinAttack: Several standard examples, plus an UpToEleven instance in ''Live And Let Drood'' where Molly subjects her attacker to one with a ''[[DisintegratorRay protein exploder]]''.
* HealingFactor: The Lambton Worm from ''Casino'' and the blood-red men from ''Lady Faire''.
* HiveMind: The servitor-drones who run the Medium Games for Casino Infernale. [[spoiler: And who also operate the Shadow Bank.]]
** The Loathly Ones share a collective mind, but can compartmentalize information so each drone knows exactly what it needs to.
** Discussing the Jackson Fifty-Five, mercenary clones who provide security for Casino Infernale, may or may not be an example. Eddie and Molly discuss how it'll be a lot harder to defeat or avoid them if it does.
* [[spoiler: IncestIsRelative: Harry and Roger are half brothers by the Gray Fox.]]
* InstantArmor: The Droods' chief asset in their countless world-saving battles is the magical golden (or silver, in a couple of books) flexible armor that retracts into their torcs when it's not needed.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: The Heart, an otherworldly entity that's embodied as a gigantic diamond of eye-searing brilliance, is a murderous criminal that delights in corruption and infant sacrifice. The original golden armor it provided to the Droods was crafted from the babies their complicit leaders secretly fed to it.]]
* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: Mr. Stab performed several gruesome human sacrifices in Victorian Whitechapel in order to obtain immortality. It worked, but this form of immortality had consequences for which he was not prepared.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagicalDatabase: A particularly literal case, the Karma Catechist is a living database of every spell, ritual and magical concept conceivable in his universe.
* MagicalSeventhSon: Droods' torcs can be seen by seventh sons of seventh sons, or seventh daughters of seventh daughters (like Madame O).
* {{Magitek}}: All over the place. The Drood armor, the Flying Saucerers and the Chelsea Lovers.
* MobileMaze: The hedge maze on the Drood estate [[spoiler: in which Moxton's Mistake is imprisoned]].
* TheMole: Played literally.
* MyGrandsonMyself: [[spoiler: Alexander King's real agenda in ''The Spy Who Haunted Me'' is to assume his grandson Peter's identity after self-rejuvenation and plastic surgery, while killing off several renowned up-and-coming rival spies to establish "Peter" as a worthy successor.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Mr. Stab. In-universe example is anybody named "Drood." The mere mention in the first book is enough to empty a bar.
** Subverted by Shaman Bond, the use-name/code name of our narrator and protagonist. He intentionally keeps that persona very friendly and low-key, so that no one would associate him with the Droods.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: The Immortals are this to the Droods. [[spoiler: The "Teen-age" leader "Methuselah" got to the Heart before the Droods did. The Heart gave himself, some family, and friends [[LivingForeverIsAwesome immortality]] and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]].]] The new Satanic Conspiracy was a tacky version, and the Sceneshifters were a ''literally'' nebulous version in that even their own membership kept shifting whenever they changed reality.
* OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious: ''The Spy Who Haunted Me'' puts a Greenverse spin on some classic cryptids.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Elves used to rule this world, but we beat them by out-reproducing them, so most of them left.
* PeopleFarms: People ''factories'', actually: the generic people who run the Medium Games [[spoiler: and the Shadow Bank]] are produced by one. The horde of Nazi clones from ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' probably were too, although Eddie doesn't actually see the clone-production facility.
* PortalPool: The Blue Fairy creates these from his own half-elven blood, just so he can ''go fishing'' in them.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: In ''Daemons are Forever'' Roger uses it to stand up to the Soul Gun.]]
** [[spoiler: He also uses again in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' to banish a major demon of Hell.]]
* PoweredArmor: The Droods have their golden armor that comes out of the torcs.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: How did the Droods get there golden armor? Droods give birth to twin babies but one is sacrificed to the Heart to make a torc.]]
* RealityIsOutToLunch: Loathly One ghoulvilles; also Little Stoke.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Satanic Conspiracy.
* RuleOfCool
* RunTheGauntlet: The first book, wherein Eddie Drood has to survive attacks by (in order) [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] in [[BlackHelicopter Black Helicopters]], car-eating entropic Ghost Cars, [[ScrewYouElves Elves]] riding [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]], ''Demonic'' Ghost Cars and, finally, a fleet of human-built MagiTek [[FlyingSaucer Flying Saucerers]] (not a misspelling.)
* RunningGag: Ethel ''always'' asks Eddie if he brought her a present, and he ''always'' begs off by saying he's never sure what to get her.
** Eddie getting all sorts of clever {{Magitek}} spy gadgets from the Armourer, then completely forgetting to use them.
** Shaman brushing off questions about how he acquired some suspiciously-handy magical item by saying he found it on eBay.
** The girl with a butterfly net who's always chasing a flying eyeball through the Armoury.
* RussianRoulette: Shaman has to play this in the introductory round of games at ''Casino Infernale''.
* SealedEvilInACan: Grendel Rex
* ShapeshifterShowdown: At Casino Infernale, this trope is offered as one of the Medium Games. Played with when Shaman competes, as [[spoiler: he mostly battles his opponent in his human form, rather than transforming into powerful shapes.]]
** Inverted when Molly plays World War, in which combatants retain their own shapes but change everything about their environment to overcome one another's "world".
* ShootingSuperman: All the freaking time, when mooks confront Droods in armor. If it's Eddie they're shooting, they'll eventually give up and try shooting ''Molly'', only to find her magical shielding is no less invulnerable.
* ShoutOut: Even the name Eddie Drood is a shout out to [[Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood the last novel]] of Creator/CharlesDickens.
** All of the titles of the books are variations of ''Film/JamesBond'' movie titles.
** In ''Daemons Are Forever'', Eddie suits up in Silver Armor that covers his entire body, jumps up onto a helicopter; punches through the window, and tells the pilot to [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Get out."]]
*** He also comments on how the Droods have technology from various [[MadScientist mad scientists]]. A [[Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon Moon Cannon]]; a [[Film/TheMolePeople Mole Driller]]; and a [[Film/WildWildWest Giant Mechanical Spider they got from some American Mad Scientist from the Wild West.]]
** The Kandarian amulet from the first novel psychically projects creepy pleas to "''[[Franchise/TheEvilDead Join us]]''" into Eddie's head.
** In ''Spy,'' we get reference to the Wizard of Northampton, who has been [[Creator/AlanMoore writing comic books for twenty years or so]]. Which has done odd things to his perceptions of gods and monsters, if Walker is to be believed.
*** ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' references "Description Theory" of {{Planetary}} fame.
**** The same book also mentions [[ComicBook/{{Gravel}} SAS combat sorcerers]] a couple of times.
** The Scarlet Lady bears a suspicious resemblance to Literature/{{Christine}}, another red Plymouth Fury with a mean streak.
* SnowMeansDeath: During Eddie's sojourn in Limbo after he's been poisoned, he finds himself in an empty, frozen version of Drood Hall where all the windows look out over the snow-covered grounds and mysterious hedge maze.
* SoulJar: Molly, being a witch, keeps her heart hidden outside her body. While she's not invulnerable and can die permanently from LosingYourHead, her sisters can use her SoulJar to restore her from damage that would otherwise be fatal. [[spoiler: She did the same thing to Eddie on the sly to protect him, which is how he survives his poisoning. He make her put his heart back afterwards, as his family doesn't approve of such things.]]
* StupidJetpackHitler: Vril Power Inc. As well as Schloss Shreck.
* SummonToHand: The holder of the Serjeant-at-Arms position within the Drood family can pull weapons out of thin air as needed.
* TalkingToThemself: [[spoiler: Peter from ''The Spy Who Haunted Me'' is really Alexander, so this trope applies when he talks with the holographic image of his "grandfather".]]
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Just about every variety there is. See FantasyKitchenSink.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Penny. Despite being repeatedly warned by everyone, including the man himself, not to get close to Mr. Stab, she insists he's a good person at heart. Right up until he murders her.]]
* TrilogyCreep
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Molly has a literal magical version by reusing the same fabric and transforming it with magic.
* {{Unperson}}: Droods who are declared rogue are erased from the family's history, their past achievements credited to relatives who know how to toe the line.
* VeryPunchableMan: Philip [=MacAlpine.=]
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Only to be expected, given the Droods' role as big-league defenders of humanity.
** Lampshaded in ''Daemons'': [[spoiler: "So," I said. "I am left with just a few days to stop the bad guys from destroying the world and save the family from itself. If I hadn't already done this once before, I might be seriously worried."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When last seen in ''The Spy Who Haunted Me'', [[spoiler: Coffin Jobe had succumbed to his necrolepsy and died at the Independent Agent's secret lair. It's never mentioned whether he revived in time to leave before Eddie and Walker finished looting the place and blew it up. Even Jobe's cameo appearance in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' doesn't resolve the issue, as Eddie's near-death experiences are an enigma in themselves.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Happens to Methuselah. He wants to leave earth because he's done and seen everything. He also wants break into heaven to enjoy its splendor.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Doctor Delirium, a villain who threatens to unleash diseases unless he is paid ransom in rare postage stamps -- once a collector, always a collector. He sends his goons to steal the Apocalypse Door in order to make the world take him seriously.
* YourHeadAsplode: Happens to an unfortunate Drood far-seer when she attempts to scry on Little Stoke in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only''.
* ZerothLawRebellion: [[spoiler: The generic people were tasked to run the Shadow Bank by their human masters, as efficiently as possible. As the generics quickly determined that their human masters' involvement was making the Bank ''less'' efficient, they converted all of their masters into more clones like themselves.]]
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