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Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem

Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem

Here’s a peek at Paul McCaffrey’s cover art for issue one of the first Anno Dracula comic miniseries, Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem.  It’s an all-new story, set mostly in London between the first two novels (Anno Dracula and The Bloody Red Baron).  More details here on Dread Central.  Our trio are the … Continue reading

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  • My notes on the space-set monster movie Life. (more…)
  • Picture by Paul McAuley.
  • Tom Mandrake's cover for #4.  Meet the Mysterious Irma Vep.
  • Martin Stiff's cover for #4
  • Paul McCaffrey's cover for #4
  • My notes on The Eyes of My Mother, which opens this week. (more…)
  • The authors' copies of #1 of the Anno Dracula comic have arrived.
  • My notes on the new Walter Hill film, available on UK digital platforms now and on DVD from April 3. (more…)
  • My Screen Daily review of the new Simon Rumley film is online.
  • My review of the suspense film The Dark Below, which opens in America on the 17th. (more…)
  • My notes on the spooky mystery Lavender, out in cinemas in the US now. (more…)
  • Here are my notes on the new horror film Get Out (mild spoilers). (more…)
  • My notes on resurrected possessed nun movie The Other Hell are online at Horrorpedia.
  • My Sight & Sound review of the new Kong movie is online.
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  • My notes on Elle (more…)
  • My notes on Devil in the Dark, which is available on VOD in the U.S. from Momentum Pictures on Tuesday, March 7th. (more…)
  • My Empire review of The Love Witch is online.
  • The interesting psycho movie Sun Choke is exclusive to the UK horror streaming service Shudder from March 9th.  Here's my FrightFest review.
  • I'll be appearing along with artist Paul McCaffrey at a launch for Anno Dracula 1895 Seven Days in Mayhem at the Phoenix Arts Club on March 23.  Details here.   Thursday, 23 March 18:00 Launch of Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem comic book Thu, 23 March, 18:00 – 20:00 Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix St, London WC2H 8BU, UK (map) Kim Newman, Paul McCaffrey and Friends in Conversation To celebrate the launch of Kim Newman’s ANNO DRACULA #1, Titan Comics invites you to a very special event at The Phoenix Artists’ Club. Join Kim, artist Paul McCaffrey, editor David Leach, and host Chris Thompson for a live Q&A and an illustrated, interactive discussion about Anno Dracula himself, and how the comics were created. Tickets cost £7.50, available from TICKET SOURCE. Guests will receive an exclusive, very limited edition, signed pure art ‘Union Jack’ variant of Anno Dracula #1, created just for the event. Take time to have a drink at the bar, speak to Kim about his work, and browse a full range of Anno Dracula books and comics, available for purchase on the night! https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2017/03/23/kim-newman-paul-mccaffrey-and-friends-conversation/
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  • An excerpt from #1 of my forthcoming comic is online.
  • My notes on the extreme Spanish horror-comedy.  NB: spoilers for the outrageous ending. (more…)
  • My notes on Chris Smith's road movie noir. (more…)
  • My notes on the Australian found footage shark movie ... (more…)
  • Pre-order Anno Dracula 1895 Seven Days in Mayhem on Comixology.
  • My notes on the apocalyptic road/gore movie - available in US theatres/VOD in February, UK DVD in March. (more…)
  • I've just read this fascinating artefact - the Icelandic version of Dracula, long thought to be a straight translation of the novel but now revealed as an entirely different book.  Powers of Darkness adds all sorts of oddities - including gorilla men, a possible Elisabeth Bathory character, Hammer-style Satanic rites under Castle Dracula and a political angle that brings out elements of Stoker stressed in my Anno Dracula series.  This Count – who uses the pseudonym Baron Szekely) has high-placed followers set to take advantage of his revolution, and explicitly talks up his vision of a society ruled by ‘the strong’).  ... as an early adaptation of Stoker, Powers does many major (and some trivial) things to Dracula later coincidentally followed by Murnau (changing Jonathan's name to Thomas), Deane/Balderston/Browning (introducing the Count into drawing rooms, changing the name Westenra to Western), Jimmy Sangster/Hammer (giving Dracula only one bride but making her an important character) and WD Richter (the women find Dracula on the beach at Whitby).  Editor Hans Corneel de Roos is more persuaded than I am that adaptor-translater Valdimar Asmundsson had access to Stoker's first notes for Dracula, but some elements from them show up in this version.  My guess is that Stoker just let the translator get on with it and didn't even know how much the text was changed in turning his novel into what was initially a newspaper serial running for over a year - at which point, with the story only just out of Castle Dracula, things get wrapped up incredibly quickly probably because everyone was getting tired of the bite-sized chunks of serial-style adventure.  Like Varney the Vampyre, Powers of Darkness feels as if it were being written by someone who didn't have easy access to all the previously-published episodes and therefore contradicts or changes things already established, even on big questions like who lives and who dies (Powers has a much bigger body count than Dracula). Here's an Amazon link.
  • My Screen Daily review of the horror anthology XX is online.
  • My notes on the Yang Zhimou movie. (more…)
  • My review of so-so spooker The Veil is online at Electric Sheep.
  • My Screen Daily review of The Void is online.
  • My notes on the latest iteration of the Bat/Lego franchises ... (more…)
  • ... with exclusive variant cover.  At the Phoenix Arts Club, March 23.
  • Preview of the Anno Dracula comic book miniseries here.
  • No, I don't know how a pre-order code works for comics.  But I imagine you can find out easily enough.
  • Here's my FrightFest review of the Broken Britain horror-drama Cruel Summer.  It's out on UK  DVD and VOD on February 7th.
  • My review of the sequel/reboot Rings is posted on Empire Online.
  • My notes on the outstanding animated documentary, which goes into extremely limited UK release this weekend. (more…)
  • My Empire review of Resident Evil The Final Chapter is online.
  • Some covers ... Paul McCaffrey (more…)
  • My notes on the SyFy original monster movie Day of Reckoning - out today in the US as a VOD/DVD release. (more…)
  • My review of Mickey Keating's Darling is online at Electric Sheep.
  • An excerpt from the title story of the collection, which is itself an extract from the prologue of the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999 Daikaiju, is online here.
  • My notes on the biopic Christine, which stars Rebecca Hall. (more…)
  • My notes on the sequel. (more…)
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