Now that the savory Thanksgiving leftovers have been ransacked from the fridge and the parade balloons are deflated, here's something to really sink your teeth into if you're a loyal follower of the legendary King of Vampires.
Horror author Kim Newman's new Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem is a 144-page compilation of the acclaimed 2017 comic book miniseries followup to his shockingly entertaining, best-selling bloodsucker novel, Anno Dracula.
Just released in premium format this week by Titan Comics, Newman descends back into the nightmarish realm of the British Empire during Dracula's insidious reign of terror and extracts a pointed tale of political gamesmanship, anarchy, and vampirism.
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirismthrough every level of society. On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbors a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Newman's Anno Dracula series postulates an alternative future where the characters of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel fail in their plight to destroy the charismatic fanged creature, resulting in Dracula's marriage to the widowed Queen Victoria and his undead agenda spreading across the Europe. It was one of the original attempts at blending the realms of classic literature, real history, and vampires.
The well-known historical mashup works consist of five novels, a run of short stories, and numerous novellas, including Anno Dracula (1992), The Bloody Red Baron (1995), Dracula Cha Cha Cha (1998), Johnny Alucard (2013), and the newly released Anno Dracula; One Thousand Monsters, which has Prince Dracula being exiled from England only to take up his terrifying habits in Japan.
Check out our 7-page peek at Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days of Mayhem, written by Newman with art by Paul McCaffrey, in the full gallery below and tell us if this alt-history horror is something you might be strangely drawn to.