Last week’s highlight was the launch of Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem at London’s Phoenix Artists Club in te presence of writer and all around genius Kim Newman, illustrator Paul McCaffrey and editor David Leach.
Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem slots into Kim’s alternate vampire universe timeline in between the events of the first novel in the series Anno Dracula set in 1888 and The Bloody Red Baron set in 1917, and the run of five full colour comics tells the story of vampire journalist and free-thinker Kate Reid’s involvement in an anarchist plot to overthrow Prince Dracula who has ruled the British Empire for ten years following the failure of Van Helsing’s attempt on Dracula’s ‘undead’ life..
As you would expect from Kim references and borrowings from both high and low literature, comics, film and television are intricately woven into the plot, and thanks to Paul McCaffrey’s fabulous artwork there are also plenty of visual clues to look out for amongst the pages.
As if seeing Kim’s characters realised in Paul McCaffrey’s illustrations isn’t enough, there are six rather special cover variants to collect featuring artwork by Paul McCaffrey, Tom Mandrake, Brian Williamson, Jeff Zernow, Mike Collins and Ben Oliver.
A fabulous addition to the Anno Dracula canon, the intention is that more comics featuring other characters from the series at different points along the timeline will be spun off. We give Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem a 666/666 and can’t wait to see what happens next.
And a big Hothouse Thank You to Kim for inviting us to the launch.