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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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  • Pre-order Anno Dracula 1895 Seven Days in Mayhem on Comixology.
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  • 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.
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  • ... 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.
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  • Here are some images from issue one of Anno Dracula 1895 Seven Days in Mayhem ...  (more…)
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  • More details about my play Magic Circle are posted on the Brother Wolf Theatre site.  Watch this space for further announcements. "Circa 1970 – the Dawn of the Age of Ophiuchus, as faddish mysticism becomes something more dangerous. In a room in Calme Manor, blooded by an appalling ritual, a protective chalk circle has been drawn. Inside the circle sits Professor Harry Cutley, trendy academic and occultist, seemingly intent on undoing a dangerous spell cast by a former pupil. Outside the intangible barrier stands Inspector Nicholas Gammell, Nicker of the Yard, a rational detective with an unsolved case on his books and a suspect in his sights. Tonight, both men will seek answers to mysteries vast and colossal...   This sinister two-handed mystery play is the first full-length dramatic work for the theatre by Kim Newman, author of the 'Anno Dracula' novels, 'Angels of Music', 'An English Ghost Story', 'Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the d’Urbervilles', 'Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School' and 'Nightmare Movies'."    
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  • Want to complete your collection by securing that never-before-reprinted book of humorous science fiction quotations co-compiled by Kim Newman and Neil Gaiman?  It's available for a limited time in a Humble Bundle with a lot of other Neilgaimany rarities - and you can pay whatever you think it's worth.  Can't say fairer than that.  Purchase here.
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