Hello El Moochadores! Now out through Titan books is the newest addition (in over a decade) to the Anno Dracula series by English author, Kim Newman. Johnny Alucard (get it? C’mon! It’s easy… Alucard? Get it?) continues the question of “What if Dracula had survived his encounters with Bram Stoker’s Dr. John Seward and enslaved Victorian England?” Newman then goes on to create a world influenced by Dracula and changed by the, now very public, Vampires he has created. Here’s the books synopsis:
Fallen from grace and driven from the British Empire in previous installments, Dracula seems long gone. A relic of the past. Yet, when vampire boy Johnny Alucard descends upon America, stalking the streets of New York and Hollywood, haunting the lives of the rich and famous, from Sid and Nancy to Andy Warhol,Orson Welles, and Francis Ford Coppola, sinking his fangs ever deeper into the zeitgeist of 1980s America, it seems the past might not be dead after all.
For me; Johnny Alucard felt more like a collection of short stories involving the characters from previous Anno Dracula books (in truth I’ve only read one other: Dracula Cha Cha Cha). Not that that’s a bad thing, and the books conclusion (I won’t spoil it) tied everything together very well. Some advice though: If this is your first time reading an Anno Dracula novel: Don’t try and get all the references. Newman tells a story about a whole world changed by the emergence of Dracula, and the “coming out” of vampires, and so his books are packed with pop-culture and historical references. Sometimes if feels like he’s writing stories just for the film and history majors of the world. The first time I read a Anno Dracula I thought I had to stop and read up on names dropped, movie callbacks, and subtle character changes, to enjoy the book. Not true. This time around I just jumped in and started reading. If I got the reference, groovy! If not, oh damn well. On the plus side though, I do think this book is slightly less packed with references than the previous Dracula Cha Cha Cha. Maybe. Still it was fun to read about things from my generation. Gordon Gekko, Princess Leia, and even The Dude pop up in small ways through out the story.
This was a fun book, and though I’m really not into vampire novels, I would recommend Johnny Alucard for both it’s historical (yeah it has some) and entertainment value! Johnny Alucard is now in bookstores or you can get your copy online at Titan Books Website!