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The Anno Dracula series by Kim Newman is set in an Alternate History 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 Massive Multiplayer Crossover, 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 Warhammer Fantasy series The Vampire Genevieve.

It consists of five novels and numerous short stories, listed here in chronological order:


  • Anno Dracula: 1888. Dracula rules England as Prince Consort. Jack the Ripper 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.
  • Seven Days in Mayhem: 1895. A comic book prequel in which Kate Reed joins a revolutionary group on the eve of Dracula's tenth jubilee. Illustrated by Paul McCaffery.
  • "Yokai Town": 1899. A prelude to...
  • One Thousand Monsters: 1899. A ship full of Vampires, led by Genevieve Dieudonne, Captain Kostaki, Sergeant Daniel Dravot and Princess Christina Light, are exiled from Great Britain by Prince Dracula. They are allowed to settle in Yōkai Town, the district of Tokyo set aside for Japan’s own vampires, an altogether strange and less human breed than the nosferatu of Europe. Yet it is not the sanctuary they had hoped for, as a vicious murderer sets vampire against vampire, and Yōkai Town is revealed to be more a prison than a refuge. Geneviève and her undead comrades are forced to face new enemies and the horrors hidden within the Temple of One Thousand Monsters.
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  • The Bloody Red Baron: 1918. World War I devastates Europe. Vampires fight on both sides.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • "Aquarius": 1968. Kate Reed investigates a series of vampire-related murders in Swinging London.
  • "Coppola's Dracula" 1976. Francis Ford Coppola is making the film for which he will always be remembered—an adaptation of Dracula starring Marlon Brando as Dracula and Martin Sheen 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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • Johnny Alucard: 1976-1991. Incorporates several of the short stories above, then takes the action up to the early 90s. A vampire turned by Dracula comes to the United States with power on his mind.
  • The forthcoming Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

Works in the Anno Dracula series with their own page:

Other works in the Anno Dracula series provide examples of:

  • Achey Scars: Dr Seward's hand never fully recovered from the bite he received from Renfield the night that Dracula defeated the group, and as a result he is often in pain.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Charles Beauregard is 35 and his fiancée in "Anno Dracula", Penelope, is 19. Charles and his late wife Pamela counted as well: at the time of her death she was under 19 and he was 28. Charles ends up on the opposite end of the spectrum during his fling with Genevieve, who is his senior by nearly 500 years despite looking like a teenager.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: 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, He not only gets better, he gets revenge in Johnny Alucard.
  • Alien Space Bats: History is changed forever because vampires.
  • All Myths Are True: 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.
  • Allohistorical Allusion: All over the place.
    • The novel 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.
    • A Dance to the Music of Time also exists exactly as it does in our universe; it's wishful-thinking Alternate History about there not being any vampires at all.
  • Alternate History: 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.
  • Alucard: John/Johnny Alucard.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Most vampire elders (slang for any vampire who's outlived their mortal lifetime twice over) are assholes. A significant proportion of them go by "Count".
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Princess Christina Light delivers an epic one to Genevieve in One Thousand Monsters, having insight of Genevieve's self loathing of her vampiric nature. Telling her that she needs to learn how to love her fellow vampires, sometime.
    "You don't see the worth in us." She said. "The beauty. The potential. You see only red thirst. And you hate that. It's a dishonorable obligation and you feed in shame. You don't have a reflection because you don't need one. You see Dracula and think you're the same as him. A monster. A repentant, abstinent, holier-than-mere-bloodthirsty-immortals monster, but a monster for all that. You love the warm in the abstract and the particular. Your Charles - Mr Beauregard of the Diogenes Club - you love him. That's part of your story. Everyone knows it. Kate loves him too, of course. That must be a trial for you both. I should like to meet this extraordinary man, though I'd better not, to avoid disappointment. There have been and will be others. All warm, living, not vampires. You couldn't love Kostaki, though he would die for you. You don't even look at him and wonder - the way men and women look at each other and wonder - how it would be. Why can't you love a vampire, Gene? Is it because you can't love yourself?"
  • Ascended Extra: Kate Reed, who was actually written out of Dracula before publication, becomes a major character.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Dracula is a veritable giant in the climax of Anno.
  • Badass Boast: 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."
  • The Bad Guy Wins: 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.
  • Body Horror: vampires of certain bloodlines have virtually unlimited shapeshifting abilities that allow more creative individuals to do far more than simply turn into bats or wolves. Vampires are witnessed horrifically elongating their bones straight through their skin to form blades, unhinging their jaws like snakes, turning their tongues into long proboscises that allow them to puncture victims and suck blood from a distance, sprouting teeth and even entire new mouths from places they don't belong, and other grotesque modifications of the human form that wouldn't look out of place in The Thing (1982).
  • Bloodier and Gorier: compared to Dracula, Newman's writings are much more violent, right from the opening pages in which one of Jack the Ripper's killings is retold in great detail.
  • Captain Ersatz: The series mostly prefers the Lawyer-Friendly Cameo, but occasionally resorts to characters who, as the saying goes, resemble but are legally distinct from the Lollipop Guild. These include vampire hunter Barbie Winters in "The Other Side of Midnight".
    • 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 Shout-Out to one of Newman's favourite shows. Since this is clearly supposed to be 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.
  • The Cassandra: Drusilla Zark in One Thousand Monsters. Most of the cast ignores her precognitive warnings because she comes off as a Mad Oracle. Through the novel it becomes apparent she is accurately predicting later events in the story and what the characters will do, their fates, often in vague ways. At certain points she even hints at the events of the upcoming sequel Anno Dracula 1999. Kostaki begins to take her predictions a bit more seriously, and she has moments of lucidity in her predictions, going in and out of them.
  • The City Narrows: The Jago, a fictional London slum. The only people who seem to live there are thughs and vampires who shapeshifted beyond any resemblance to humanity. Even Geneviève, an elder vampire who lives in Whitechapel, is nervous going there.
  • Chinese Vampire: One makes an appearance in Anno Dracula, Mr Yam, an assassin hired by Count Vardalek to kill Genevieve for publicly humiliating him. Mr Yam later joins the good guys in One Thousand Monsters.
  • Church of Happyology: "Castle in the Desert" has L. Keith Winton, the vampiric author of Plasmatics: The New Communion, and founder of the Church of Immortology.
  • Cool Sword: Beauregard's silvered cane sword and Captain Kostaki's silvered Carracks Black Sword from his Knights Templar days.
  • Composite Character: 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 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 Dr. Seward from the original Dracula novel.
    • In "Vampire Romance", there is a Chinese elder vampire who is both Kah (the priest whose body Dracula takes over in The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires) and the evil kung fu villain Pei Mei. His name is simply Kah Pei Mei.
  • Creative Sterility:
    • In "Andy Warhol's Dracula", 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Charles Beauregard (see Death by Childbirth below) and Dr Seward, who has to live with the consequences of his group's failure to stop Dracula.
  • Death by Childbirth: Charles' wife died this way in India seven years before the beginning of "Anno Dracula". He feels guilty about her death because he did not insist enough to make her return to Great Britain, where she would have received better medical care.
  • Deconstruction Crossover
  • Depraved Homosexual: 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.
    • Genevieve and Captain Kostaki are the main characters and POVs of One Thousand Monsters.
  • Different World, Different Movies: 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 Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen.
    • Not limited to films, either. In-universe I Am Legend is treated as an anti-vampire propaganda novel.
  • Dirty Coward: When Van Helsing's campaign against Dracula ended in disaster, Godalming abandoned his companions and fled for his life. Now, as a vampire, he thinks only of advancing himself socially and is desperate to erase all memory of his association with the vilified Van Helsing.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: 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.
  • Dying Clue: 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.
  • Emergency Transformation: 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. In One Thousand Monsters Popejoy the Sailor Man is mortally injured in battle, and Genevieve offers again to give him her blood. Before anything can happen, a Yokai lady, smitten with the sailor, steps in and gives him her own blood instead.
  • Eureka Moment: 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: They had Seward in common. Jack Seward.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The biggest crime lords in London all decide to put aside their rivalries and offer their aid to the Diogenes Club to help find Jack the Ripper (in a scene probably lifted from Fritz Lang's M). Partially it's serial killing being bad for business (heightened police alertness and all) but a few of them hint that they're actually sickened by Jack's methods.
  • External Retcon: 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.)
  • Fantastic Drug: In Johnny Alucard, there's "drac", which is made from powdered vampire blood and temporarily grants superhuman abilities.
  • Fantastic Slurs:
    • 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 Ruddigore WITH VAMPIRES!
  • Faux Affably Evil: 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Mostly at play within the four core characters of One Thousand Monster's primary cast, the leaders of the exiled Vampires:
    • Sanguine: Sergeant Daniel Dravot.
    • Choleric: Princess Christina Light.
    • Melancholic: Captain Kostaki.
    • Phlegmatic: Genevieve Dieudonne.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Dracula in the climax of Anno Dracula.
  • Genre Throwback:
    • The short story "Vampire Romance" is a throwback to Agatha Christie style murder mysteries.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Dracula, or at least his influence, is always present, but he's almost never the actual antagonist directly opposing the heroes.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Between Captain Kostaki and Sergeant Dravot suddenly in One Thousand Monsters, surprisingly. Even after Dravot shot Kostaki through the knee with a silver bullet, murdered his comrade Inspector Mackenzie and framed him for it, getting him thrown into the Tower Of London, governed by Nosferatu himself Graf Orlok. Genevieve is rightly baffled by the friendship as such. Explained in Kostaki's POV with the revelation that both of them are Freemason Brothers, Dravot through his original source material, Kostaki through the Knights Templar. Leads to hilarious and awesome teamwork through the book, including battling samurai, chatting about 'the ladies', singing and exchanging secretive Freemason phrases out in the open.
    "On the level, Brother Taki..."
    "On the square, Brother Dravot."
  • Historical-Domain Character: Bram and Florence Stoker, Queen Victoria, and Jack the Ripper are just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. Also, Jack the Ripper's victims, while all vampires, are named after the real Ripper victims plus one fictional victim, Lulu from Franz Wedekind's novels and Alban Berg's eponymous opera.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In "Vampire Romance", the villain turns out to be 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.
  • The Idealist: Captain Kostaki is revealed to be this in One Thousand Monsters, after it was hinted in Anno Dracula. It is reflected in his POV chapters, and noted by Genevieve, who has a great deal of insight into the Knight Templar, after he has been brainwashed into stabbing her only to come to his senses upon looking at what he has done to her. Doubles as a simeltaneous heartwarming and tearjerker moment.
    As Kostaki shook off Dorakuraya's puppet strings, I was afraid he'd realize what he had done and be broken in himself. Honor was his straitjacket. He abided by a code Dracula and his party had long since abandoned. Only someone as stubbornly idealistic could have been so sorely abused.
  • In Spite of a Nail: By the second book, World War One is happening in roughly the same way it did in our history (with a Lampshade Hanging that many believe it wouldn't have happened without the vampire influence), and by the third book (set in The '50s) 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 Apocalypse Now with bizarre precision, considering it's set in a different history and concerns a film based on a different book.
  • Karma Houdini: 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 Margaret Thatcher'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.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Several characters, both warm and vampires, consider a vampire's bite an erotic act. Some humans almost become addicted to being fed upon and seek out vampire prostitutes for this reason exclusively. It is mentioned by Geneviève that vampires sometimes also bite each other as a sexual act.
  • Lady and Knight: A heartwarming vampiric variation forms in One Thousand Monsters between Medieval Vampire Elders Genevieve Dieudonne and Captain Kostaki. Kostaki is revealed to be an actual Knight Templar, and refers to her often verbally and in thought as 'Lady Genevieve' and 'my Lady Elder'. He protects and looks out for her through the course of the novel, gradually realizing that he has fallen in love with her. Princess Christina Light goes as far as calling him Genevieve's 'faithful Captain', and points out that he would die for her.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: 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 Philip Marlowe's backstory, up to and including Poodle Springs.
    • Detective John Munch makes one of these appearances in the latter half of Johnny Alucard, along with fellow Homicide: Life on the Street 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 Lestat de Lioncourt, and Timmy is Timmy Valentine from Vampire Junction by S.P. Somlow.
  • Legion of Doom: 'Anno Dracula'' features a Victorian Legion of Doom comprising Fu Manchu, Professor Moriarty, Colonel Moran, Raffles, The Invisible Man, Macheath and Bill Sikes. In a twist, they join forces with the heroes to stop the Silver Knife, because Even Evil Has Standards...or at least, good business practices.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: The first murder in "Vampire Romance".
  • Looks Like Orlok: Graf Orlok himself when he appears in Anno Dracula as the warden of the Tower Of London.
  • Love Epiphany: Captain Kostaki comes to this epiphany in One Thousand Monsters, when he has been mentally manipulated by one of the villain's powers into stabbing Genevieve through the gut. It kicks in when he looks at her face and realizes what he has done to her. He is able to break free of the villain's hold upon this realization, and not long after cuts his head apart. There were hints his feelings were turning this way through his POV chapters. There are a few examples that imply him working it out, but it becomes obvious beyond a doubt at this point. It's also something both Genevieve became aware of, and something Christina Light teases her about.
  • The Lost Lenore: Lucy Westenra for Jack Seward in the first book. Pamela for Charles Beauregard in the same book.
  • Mainlining the Monster: In "Andy Warhol's Dracula", the central character is a drug dealer whose product uses vampire blood as its key ingredient.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: A combination of characters from both Victorian/Edwardian fiction in general as well as vampire characters, from Blacula to A.J. Raffles.
  • The Matchmaker: Florence Stoker has played a big part in getting Penelope Churchward and Charles Beauregard together before the story begins.
  • Mercy Kill: Charles Beauregard kills an already mortally wounded and crazed victim of Jack the Ripper, though it overlaps with self-defence as she had shapeshifted into an aggressive wolf. Later he does it again to Jack Seward, as he is gone completely mad and Dracula would probably torture him otherwise.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Jack Seward turns out to be the Ripper.
  • Mugging the Monster: A couple of high-ranking Carpathian vampires are bullying the locals in a pub when Genevieve calmly approaches the group 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 the four, Captain Kostaki, is well aware of her true identity and shows genuine respect for her and her strength, going as far as to chastise one of his subordinates with disgust for trying to draw a silvered sword on her. This is expanded further in One Thousand Monsters.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: After the confrontation with Geneviève descrived above, Vardalek, a Carpathian elder, decides to hire a Chinese vampire assassin to off her. However, Dracula has Vardalek impaled for his homosexuality, thereby indirectly helping remove the threat against her.
  • The Necrocracy: 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.
  • No Immortal Inertia: 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).
  • Nocturnal Emission: Dr Seward has them regularly following his erotic dreams of Lucy.
  • Old, Dark House: Mildew Manor in "Vampire Romance", complete with the requisite number of secret passages and occupants with dark pasts.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: 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.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: 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 Dracula.
  • Outlaw Couple: Kit and Holly (from the film Badlands), who also go by the names Bonnie and Clyde, Mickey and Mallory, Bart and Laurie and many others.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: The Victorian murder mystery in the first book is temporarily interrupted by a Wuxia martial arts fight when a Chinese Vampire cuts in.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • Dracula is homophobic to the point that as a Prince Consort he orders to impale every person caught in homosexual acts. It's particularly striking as several characters consider his hatred of homosexuality odd and no one seems to truly share it (despite the Victorian setting). He also runs the risk of creating scandals and enemies in high places for this.
    • This world's version of Edgar Allen Poe supported the Confederacy in the Civil War and openly despises Jews and other "inferior people" he encounters in Europe.
  • Puppet King: Queen Victoria in Anno Dracula, in thrall to her vampiric consort. At the climax of the novel, she does a Heroic Sacrifice, thereby removing Dracula's claim to the throne.
  • Put on a Bus: Captain Kostaki has a remarkably long one. Apart from a blink and you miss it cameo in The Bloody Red Baron, he doesn't reappear again as an important POV character until 2017's One Thousand Monsters. A 25 year absence since the original novel.
  • Precision F-Strike: 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 Jack the Ripper'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.
  • Public-Domain Character: Dracula, obviously, and also Mycroft Holmes and countless others.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Geneviève was turned when she was 16, during the Hundred Years' War. Lord Ruthwen, another elder and the Prime Minister, looks like he's in his late teens or early twenties.
  • Reference Overdosed
  • Replacement Love Interest: Penelope is this for Charles: she and his late wife Pamela were cousins who were raised together and shared a few physical traits and mannerisms. A creepier example is Mary Jane Kelly for Dr.Seward. He uses Mary Jane to act on the sexual desires that Lucy (as a vampire) inspired him and to cope with her death. Both are conscious of their role as replacements and they both exploit it at first, but end up rebelling againat it.
  • Sanity Slippage: Dr. Seward increasingly breaks down over the course of Anno Dracula, eventually becoming unable to distinguish his vampire lover from the very-dead Lucy Westenra.
  • Shout-Out: Any piece of seemingly unnecessary exposition, any background character who gets more than a sentence of description? A Shout-Out to something.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: 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.
  • Silver Bullet: 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 Outs they're called "the Reid design". Kostaki is shot in the leg by Dravot with one in Anno Dracula, and is still suffering constant pain from the remaining shards 11 years later in One Thousand Monsters.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: 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.
  • The Spymaster: Mycroft Holmes, Charles Beauregard, Armand Tesla, Dr. Mabuse, Edwin Winthrop, Gregor Brastov, and Caleb Croft (who was "C" at Universal Export and "Control" at the Circus).
  • Stock Unsolved Mysteries: In "Vampire Romance", a vampire who is old enough to have been an eye witness reveals who really killed the Princes in the Tower.
  • Switching P.O.V.: For example, the first book follows Charles Beauregard, Genevieve Dieudonne, Captain Kostaki of the Carpathian Guard, Jack Seward and Lord Godalming.
  • Sword Cane: 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.
  • Take That!: Newman isn't shy about giving unflattering portrayals to real-life personages he doesn't care for.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: "Vampire Romance"
  • Token Good Teammate: Captain Kostaki alone of the Carpathian Guard displays decency and empathy. He is cordial to and respects Mackenzie, a warm policeman, while disapproving of many of his peers: cruel Von Klatka, blusterer Iorga, impertinent Cuda 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. This is expanded upon and further explained in his POV chapters of One Thousand Monsters, where it is revealed he is a Knight Templar loyally upholding his vows to the order, many years removed, where Dracula himself used and betrayed the Templars. Since his brutal unjust imprisonment in the Tower Of London under Graf Orlok and suffering constant pain from shards of silver remaining from a gunshot wound in his leg, he left his Carpathian brethren, refuses to drink blood, took the honorable path of bushido as a ronin and has developed romantic feelings for Genevieve.
  • Transhuman: true vampires are essentially treated a separate species, but it is possible for a living human to gain superhuman abilities by drinking a vampire's blood without giving up some of their own blood in return, both of which are necessary to fully "turn." in The Bloody Red Baron, Winthrop is able to temporarily become as fast and as strong as a vampire while still being "warm", and the effects are hinted to never fully wear off, as Genevieve still senses vampiric power in him when she meets him in Vampire Romance, set five years later.
  • Troubled Production: "Coppola's Dracula" is an In-Universe example, being the alternate-history version of the making of Apocalypse Now.
  • '20s Bob Haircut: "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 F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair".)
  • Undead Child: "Anno Dracula" has two vampire children in Whitechapel, Lily Mylett and Rebecca Kosinski. Both are the only vampires in their families and Lily is mentioned as having been turned "for a lark" by a rich gentleman. Turning children and abandoning those you turned are both generally considered bad practices by vampires, however.
  • The Unmasqued World: After Dracula takes over England and all the vampires come out of hiding.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: 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.
  • Vampire Variety Pack: The different bloodlines each features a different subset of vampire characteristics; only some bloodlines are able to transform into other shapes, for instance. Dracula's bloodline is said to be the only one where the metamorphosis involves dying and reviving (as opposed to transforming directly from a living person to an animate vampire), and the only one where a vampire has to rest in a box of his native earth; other bloodlines tend to regard this as a bit weird. Even within a bloodline, newborns who were diseased when turned may retain the physical signs of their illness, which can spread and worsen over time.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes:
    • In Anno Dracula, Jack the Ripper 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 Captain Ersatz Buffy in Johnny Alucard, who turns out to be being manipulated by an actually evil vampire posing as her Watcher-counterpart.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Two examples surface in One Thousand Monsters. Captain Kostaki has vowed to stop drinking blood in order to keep control over himself, and not give into his Red Thirst. His substitute is to eat aniseed balls, and he even receives a big packet of them from Genevieve as a Christmas present at the end, much to his pleasure. The second example is none other than 'Popejoy' The Sailor Man, who after being mortally wounded in battle was transformed by a Yokai lady of a plant-like bloodline. The bloodline requires sustenance of not human blood, but high iron content vegetable matter. Fortunately his ship was already well stocked with plenty of tins of spinach.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the climax of Anno Dracula, Genevieve and Charles gain an audience with Dracula. He acts welcoming but arrogantly self-assured in his power, boasting to Genevieve about how he has created a utopia for the undead. However, once Charles assassinates Queen Victoria, thus dissolving Dracula's claim to the throne, he devolves into a feral beast, "[spitting] rage and hate."
  • Voluntary Vampire Victim: several characters offer their blood to vampires, sometimes out of friendship and kindness, other times because they find being fed on pleasurable or are paid to do it. Some groups campaign to enforce this trope by making non-consensual biting a capital offense.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: A common theme, as to be expected in a vampire novel.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Whitechapel, much as it was in real life at the time.
  • Your Vampires Suck: "Vampire Romance", set in 1923, uses certain fictional characters of the period as expies of Newman's fellow vampire writers - with unflattering results. Salome Otterbourne wrote the 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; Rosie M. Banks penned the 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 Harriet Vane was responsible for the Vampyrhhic Chronicles, which were written from the vampire's point of view and contained long and tedious descriptions of ancient history and Roman Catholicism.

Alternative Title(s): Johnny Alucard


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