In the E-Mail: Anno Dracula 1999: Daikajiu

Kind of needed something to read yesterday, and Kim Newman’s latest Anno Dracula book (Anno Dracula 1999: Daikajiu) absolutely fitted the bill. Vampires, cyberpunk, Japan: it’s all well worth your time. Although you should probably start at the beginning of that series, come to think of it. Or just read Kim Newman on general principles.


Book of the Week: Midnight Riot / Rivers of London.

I got turned onto Ben Aaronovitch’s London occult fantasy police novel Midnight Riot (for some reason, the book’s title got changed from Rivers of London for the American version) by Kate Ashwin* of Widdershins, which is by the way an excellent webcomic that you should read if you’re into 19th Century urban fantasy written by somebody who doesn’t hate the 19th Century.  …But I digress; I’m about a quarter through the book so far, and I put it down to write this because if I don’t break off now I’ll just read the whole thing in one shot and I still have things that I have to do today. So, yes, it qualifies for Book of the Week. The real trouble will be in pacing myself, I think.

And so, adieu to Anno Dracula. I incline to London-based fantasy sometimes, no? (more…)


Book of the Week: Anno Dracula

How could have I possibly skipped Anno Dracula? It’s marvelous fun (short version: Dracula wins, and what happens afterward), particularly if you like vampire fiction in general.  Shoot, it’s practically a bibliography for the whole blessed genre.

And so, farewell to The Nixon Challenge.


The Real-Time Dracula.

Now this is a clever idea: Dracula Feed is posting every day of Bram Stoker’s Dracula on the day that it actually happened in the book.  Said author can get away with that because a), the book is written in an epistolary style (i.e., it was written out in the form of collected letters and statements*); and b), the book is public domain.

Should be fun. Also: I recommend, if you haven’t read them already, Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula and Fred Saberhagen’s The Dracula Tape, both of which work with the existing Stoker novel in new and interesting ways. I’d say ‘transgressive,’ but one would mock me, and the other would come back from the grave to beat me senseless.

Moe Lane

*Which was, if I’m remembering either my English Lit classes or Stephen King correctly, was considered slightly archaic when Stoker wrote the novel.

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