Anno Dracula to be adapted as a new comic book series

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Oct 31, 2016, 5:15 PM EDT

Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula is about to rise from the grave in comic book form. (Not that it was dead.)

As part of this weekend’s MCM London Comic Con, a report over at Dread Central has revealed that Titan Comics will be releasing a new comic series based on Kim Newman’s award-winning alternate history/horror novels Anno Dracula, which takes place in a world where the heroes from Bram Stoker’s Dracula have failed to stop the Count's nefarious plans.

The first of a series of novels and novellas, Anno Dracula was first published in 1992 and featured a who’s who of characters from various literary works, movies and TV series, including Count Dracula, Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, Count Orlock and more, as well as historical figures that included Jack the Ripper and Queen Victoria.

Plans for a big screen adaptation have been in the works for years (Newman spoke about it as far back as 2000), but nothing’s ever come of it. So I guess those comics are the closest thing we have (yet) to a visual representation of Newman’s fantasy world. Newman himself is set to pen the comics, with Paul McCaffery (The Third Doctor) providing the art. Here’s what the press release said:

The Anno Dracula novels depict an alternate 19th-century history where the characters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula fail to prevent Count Dracula’s subjugation of Great Britain, creating a world where vampires are living amongst humans and a central part of society. The series also features characters including Jack the Ripper, Professor Moriarty, and Van Helsing.

Kim Newman is a critic, author, and broadcaster. He writes the Anno Dracula series of horror novels, which was first published in 1992. Newman has written four Anno Dracula novels to date, as well as short stories.

Anno Dracula has garnered high praise since its initial release, including from literary superstar Neil Gaiman, who helped to develop the series and called Anno Dracula “compulsory reading,” citing the series as a main source of inspiration for his Hugo Award-winning short story “A Study in Emerald.”

Described as “the definitive account of… the self-obsessed undead” by The New York Times, the Anno Dracula novels have won numerous awards, including the Dracula Society’s Children of the Night Award, the Lord Ruthven Award, and the International Horror Guild Award.

Anno Dracula is set to arrive in comic book stores in March 2017. There are some black and white preview pages below, but don't you worry, since the comics will be in COLOR.

(via Dread Central)