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Kim Newman is a well known and respected author and movie critic. He writes regularly for Empire Magazine and contributes to The Guardian, The Times, Time Out and others. He makes frequent appearances on radio and TV. He has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.
Kim Newman is perhaps best known for his wonderfully entertaining sequels to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which took the Vampiric Count into various eras of the twentieth century. Most notably, in Anno Dracula, identifying the true identity of the notorious WWI German fighter ace known as the Red Baron… Immensely erudite and wonderfully witty Newman is a master at twining period detail and the fascinating details and surprising facts and linkages of history into page-turning genre adventures. Now with Angels of Music he steps away from the saga of his many faced Dracula to spin a standalone tale around Gaston Leroux’s Paris and his faceless Phantom of the Opera. But this is an ensemble piece. This novel’s chief delight (alongside its rich Parisian period feel, the fulsome detail and the surprising nuggets from history) is its cast of female agents tasked with policing the city. Hiding their true identities and purposes behind the roles of dancers, singers, cabaret artists and prostitutes they are an immensely able and hugely likeable group. Newman delights in undermining the assumptions about their public personas and the gender politics of the time to create an elite force to throw into a maze of danger, politics and ruse that keep the pages flipping. If you love the playful invention of Neil Gaiman and Christopher Fowler, Newman’s Paris is for you. ~ Simon Spanton
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Film critic and speculative fiction author (and Neil Gaiman friend and collaborator) Kim Newman whose exuberant tales of the supernatural underworld, alternate Dracula tales and dizzying excursions into the bizarre have delighted me for ages, now takes a left hand turn and makes the ghost story his own. A disfunctional family moves from the big city to the quiet haven of the Somerset countryside. Their new home The Hollow greets them at first before the tide turns and dark waves of dread begin their systematic assault on their sanity and ties. Newman grabs a well-worn theme and breathes frantic new life into it, orchestrating the rise of horror with both a scalpel and a sharp knife until the tension becomes unbearable, proving how good horror tales are ageless. Not a book for dark nights.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known as an acerbic film reviewer and specialist of the arcana of exploitation cinema, Newman is also a terribly entertaining novelist. His tongue in cheek, witty contemporary Dracula chronicles (so far ANNO DRACULA, THE BLOODY RED BARON and DRACULA CHA CHA CHA) have been a delight so the arrival after over a decade of a new volume is reason to rejoice. Skewing the pretensions of much of popular culture and its icons, this is another delightful romp through cinematic and horror lore in an alternative world where Dracula reigns and Francis Ford Coppola's APOCALYPSE NOW is revamped into a vampire epic during the heyday of disco and Andy Warhol. A comic souffle of a ripping yarn.
Paul, a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world, and his girlfriend Hazel, a potter, have come to the tiny English village of Alder for the summer. Their idea of a rural retreat gradually sours as the laws of nature begin to break down around them. The village, swollen by an annual rock festival of cataclysmic proportions, prepares to reap a harvest of horror.
This volume provides a diverse overview of trends that have shaped sci-fi/horror since the 1990s. It explores how films like The Fight Club and The Truman Show have impinged on more traditional territory and have tested the limits of conventional understandings of two central film genres.
The new novel in the acclaimed alternate history vampire series from Kim Newman. Compulsory reading... glorious Neil Gaiman on Anno Dracula THE NEW MILLENNIUM... Vampire princess Christina Light is throwing a New Year's Eve party in Daikaiju Plaza - a building in the shape of a giant mechanical dragon - in Tokyo, attended by world leaders of technology, finance and culture. But the party is crashed by less enlightened souls. The distinguished guests are held hostage by yakuza assassins and Transylvanian mercenaries. And vampire schoolgirl Nezumi - sword-wielding agent of the Diogenes Club - finds herself alone, pitted against the world's deadliest creatures. Thrown out of the party, she must fight her way back up through a building that seems designed to destroy her in a thousand ways. Can Nezumi survive past midnight?
As a vicious killer known only as The Beast because of the ferocity of his crimes, stalks the streets of Altdorf, disgraced watchman Filthy Harald Kleindeinst is reinstated with the assignment to stop the bloody reign of terror and uncover the murderer's true identity. In the Imperial capital of Altdorf, a killer stalks the streets. Nicknamed The Beast by those who have seen the remains of his victims all evidence points to the haughty members of the Imperial court, the wealthy and privileged who are a law unto themselves.
Readers are taken through a journey in the fantasy land of Warhammer through five interwoven novellas featuring Genevieve the vampire. From the bandit-infested Grey Mountains to the Chaos Wastes, these stories show that nowhere, not even the sanctity of the capital city of the empire, is safe. Humanity was not the first species to walk amongst the stars. Their existance is a mere blink of an eye to those immortal beings that still exist. Now a discovery has been made that may lead to a savage upheaval in their aeon-long dormancy. A race will begin for an ancient device of galaxy-destroying power.
Humanity was not the first species to walk amongst the stars. Their existance is a mere blink of an eye to those immortal beings that still exist. Now a discovery has been made that may lead to a savage upheaval in their aeon-long dormancy. A race will begin for an ancient device of galaxy-destroying power. After her return from Drachenfels, Genevieve Dieudonne, the vampire femme fatale, embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery in which she must face monsters and magicians, intrigue and evil. Her journey takes her from the depths of an old theater to an accursed mansion under a deadly gothic spell, and finally to the hunt of a savage unicorn mare through haunted forests.
Amy Thomsett - the girl who flies on moth-wings - takes part in the Great Game, a contest of skill against other institutes of learning. In a nightmare, and in the cellars of a house in Piccadilly, Amy glimpses a spectre who might have dogged her all her life, the Broken Doll. The cracked-face, glass-eyed creature might well be the most serious threat the Moth Club have ever faced.
CAN'T ELIMINATE THE IMPOSSIBLE? Send for the man from the Diogenes Club! The debonair psychic investigator Richard Jeperson is the Most Valued Member of the Diogenes Club, the least-known and most essential branch of British Intelligence. While foiling the plot of many a maniacal mastermind, he is chased by sentient snowmen and Nazi zombies, investigates an unearthly murderer stalking the sex shops of 1970s Soho, and battles a poltergeist to prevent it triggering nuclear Armageddon. But as a new century dawns, can he save the ailing Diogenes Club itself from a force more diabolical still? Newman's ten mischievous tales, with cameos from the much-loved characters of the Anno Dracula universe, will entertain fans and newcomers alike.
From Kim Newman comes this new story set in his unique world of vampires and Dracula, Anno Dracula. On the verge of Dracula's 10th anniversary of rule, forces sworn to crush his iron grip rule are gathering to strike a blow at his tyranny. But all is not as it seems and the true architects of the plot maybe even worse than the monster they have sworn to destroy.
In 1899 Genevieve Dieudonne is working as a doctor on a ship of vampire refugees from Dracula's Britain, as Christina Light, a vampire who can literally turn into light, persuades the Emperor to cede a section of Tokyo to her as the Vampire Bund, a Shanghai-like international settlement of the undead and her own power base. New Year's Eve 1999 in the Vampire Bund in Tokyo, and Christina is on the cusp of completing her hundred-year plan to become an ascendant power in the world. Only vampire samurai Nezumi stands in her way...In this the fifth gripping novel in the acclaimed alternative history vampire series, Newman takes his story to turn-of-the-century Japan and a world of cyberpunk, kaiju and yakuza.
Ripped from the pages of Empire magazine, the first collection of film critic, film historian and novelist Kim Newman's reviews of the best and worst B movies. Some of the cheapest, trashiest, goriest and, occasionally, unexpectedly good films from the past 25 years are here, torn apart and stitched back together again in Kim's unique style. Everything you want to know about DTV hell is here. Enter if you dare.
It is 1918 and Graf von Dracula is commander-in-chief of the armies of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The War of the Great Powers in Europe is also a war between the living and the undead. Caught up in the conflict, Charles Beauregard, an old enemy of Dracula, his proteg Edwin Winthrop, and intrepid vampire reporter Kate Reed go head-to-head with the lethal vampire flying machine that is the Bloody Red Baron... In the brand-new novella Vampire Romance, Genevi ve Dieudonn , newly returned to England, infiltrates a singular vampire gathering in the service of the Diogenes Club.
A brand new collection of chilling stories by master of horror Kim Newman, in which Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein's monster rises from the Arctic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jeyll and Mr Hyde haunts fog-shrouded London. This volume also includes a brand-new, exclusive Anno Dracula story, 'Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899', which sets the scene for the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.
A week after her mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy's, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the school, and it's up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.
Welcome to the City made from a dream. But this isn't any dream; it is the dark and haunting nightmare of a killer. It is the near future and old-fashioned movies, or flatties , have been replaced by Dreams, virtual reality scenarios written by professional Dreamers. When infamous criminal Truro Daine escapes imprisonment, he flees into the City, an artificial world of his own creation, where he rules as the all-powerful Night Mayor. Now, detective Dreamer Tom Tunney and Susan Bishopric, author of romance Dreams, must join forces to track him down. But how do you hunt the Night Mayor in a city populated by a dense crowd of strangely familiar characters, where it's always two-thirty in the morning, shots never kill and the creator is omnipresent in every drop of falling rain - ?