Over the years of reviewing various novels and comics for Retrenders, I’ve enjoyed reading the many tales of Kim Newman’s vampire creation Anno Dracula and world of characters around him. “Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories” is a collection of short stories to get fans primed for the upcoming novel Anno Dracula 1899: Daikaiju. Not only that, Titan Comics will kick-off a brand new Anno Dracula series by author Kim Newman and art by Paul McCaffrey launching in March 2017.
Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899
This story takes place before the events of Anno Dracula 1899: Daikaiju. Princess Casamassima and her vampire entourage is seeking sanctuary in Japan after leaving London. The ship of vampires are granted safe passage into Japan. But they are regulated to a “safe zone” of sorts, Tokyo’s Yokai district aka “Monster Town” where only the weird and strange people live.
Nineteen Anno Dracula shorts are collected in this book with appearances of other famous characters like Jekyll & Hyde, Jack the Ripper, The Invisible Man and Edgar Allan Poe.
Fans hungry for more Anno Dracula stories can use this collection to satisfy their blood lust until the upcoming novel “Daikaiju” and brand comic book series. I like Kim Newman’s vampire world building and always enjoy reading more antics from heroines Genevieve Dieudonne and Kate Reed. This collection might not for be for everybody, this is strictly for Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula fans.
Paperback: Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories
Author: Kim Newman
Publisher: Titan Books