Daily Archives: Sunday, 8th Dec 2013

Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard – Kim Newman

Following on from the reissues of Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula Cha Cha Cha comes the new fourth volume in the series. Parts of the book have been previously published in novelette form, but I hadn’t seen those, so it was all new to me.

In a prelude set in 1944, a boy is made into a vampire by Dracula himself. Later, that boy attaches himself to a film crew struggling to make a movie of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which in this slightly twisted reality is being made by Francis Ford Coppola, and is quite clearly more like Apocalypse Now than any vampire movie we’d be familiar with.

Later, using the name Johnny Pop, the vampire settles in New York, mingles with Andy Warhol and runs a thriving illicit drug business. The drug in question being vampire blood…

Later still, he heads to Hollywood and adopts the name Johnny Alucard, where his ambitions become all too clear.

As before, it’s great fun. Familiar characters from previous books in the series are wound into the plot, real people and fictional characters blend together in the usual way, and the usual game of “spot the reference” can be played. Thought I suspect you’d actually have to be Kim Newman to get them all. I was particularly pleased by the appearance of a Los Angeles policeman when a murder is committed. Raincoat. Glass eye. Just one more thing. Of course, mentioning his name wouldn’t be part of the Kim Newman game, but it’s obviously him.

And there’s more – leading up to an insane Live Aid style concert for Transylvania, which Johnny Alucard believes will have a very interesting result. And no, you won’t get any spoilers from me.

Excellent stuff, highly recommended.

Weight and Stuff Report – 8 December 2013

Back up a wee bit today, but never mind.

Today is a quiet day in to get the washing done, and catch up with other bits and pieces.

I saw this quite large ship while waiting for the Shields ferry yesterday.

Cargo

Cargo

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 50.5mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 7 December, 2013

Now a ship like that must have a suitably hefty-sounding name, right? Well, let’s take a closer look

Errr, quack?

Errr, quack?

Camera: X-E2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 50.5mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 7 December, 2013

Donald Duckling, eh? Oh well….