Dracula is one of my top two favourite books of all time (the other is Frankenstein), so I thought I’d absolutely adore Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula, an alternative history where, after the events of Dracula, Dracula goes on to conquer Britain, making vampirism socially acceptable, even desirable. Full of fictional and real personalities of the late 1800s (Dr. Jekyll, the Diogenes club, Lestrade, Mycroft, the Stokers, to name but a few plus the original characters from Dracula), it’s a fun book but I didn’t fall passionately head over heels in love with it, as I thought I might with a book like this.
Anyway, it’s ok, taking an alternative look at the Jack the Ripper story, where the victims are vampire prostitutes and the murderer a vengeful ‘warm’, there is a side look at how society would behave if vampires no longer had to hide. The characters are ok but all bar the male and female leads, not particular memorable.
Not going to get people rushing out to get this book, this review, is it?