THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE 1795 - Wold Newton meteor strike: Eighteen individuals "were riding in two coaches past Wold Newton, Yorkshire.... A meteorite struck only twenty yards from the two coaches.... The bright light and heat and thunderous roar of the meteorite blinded and terrorized the passengers, coachmen, and horses.... They never guessed, being ignorant of ionization, that the fallen star had affected them and their unborn." Tarzan Alive, Addendum 2, pp. 247-248. The meteor strike was "the single cause of this nova of genetic splendor, this outburst of great detectives, scientists, and explorers of exotic worlds, this last efflorescence of true heroes in an otherwise degenerate age." Id., pp.230-231.         Artwork by Lisa Eckert

The Anno Dracula Character Guide

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Visit The Official Kim Newman Website Read about the influence of Philip José Farmer's theories on Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series.

Dead Travel Fast Dead Travel Fast is Kim Newman's first American collection of short stories: "A Drug on the Market"; "Tomorrow Town"; "The Original Dr Shade"; "Famous Monsters"; "Organ Donors"; "Going to Series"; "Angel Down Sussex"; "Dead Travel Fast"; "Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue";and "The Big Fish." USA: Dinoship, Inc., 2005, PB.

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This anthology is sure to be of interest to fans of both the Anno Dracula series and the Wold Newton Universe:

"Dead Travel Fast": What was the Count doing in London while he was "off-screen" during the events of Bram Stoker's Dracula? This story doesn't contradict anything in the Anno Dracula continuity.

“Famous Monsters”: A Martian actor recalls the Second War of the Worlds where Earth forces, in alliance with the Selenites (from Wells’ The First Men in the Moon) used cavorite to defeat the Martians.

"Angel Down Sussex": Autumn 1925. Edwin Winthrop and Catriona Kaye continue their work on behalf of the Diogenes Club, which is becoming the occult investigative arm of the British Secret Service, dealing with the apparently inexplicable. Charles Beauregard is still in charge of the Diogenes Club section of the BSS. Catriona mentions Dr. Martin Hesselius and Dr. Silence. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Aleister Crowley also figure in the case, which involves “Little Grey People” and mysterious undertakers who appear out of nowhere, all dressed in black with tops hats and smoked glasses covering their eyes.

Dr. Hesselius was a German psychic physician introduced in J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Green Tea” first published in the periodical All the Year Round (1869). Algernon Blackwood created and wrote the stories featuring the occult investigator Dr. John Silence. This crossover brings both characters into the WNU. The Diogenes Club appeared in Doyle and Watson’s tales of Sherlock Holmes. It is specifically stated that Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes are real people in relation to the man who brought their stories to the public, Doyle. The Little Grey People are possibly alien “grey” aliens as depicted in The X-Files and elsewhere. If so, then the “greys” visited Earth much earlier than 1947 (the Roswell incident). The undertakers evoke what later will be termed the “Men in Black.”

"The Big Fish": February 1942. In the rain-swept coastal town of Bay City, L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe has a brush with the Deep Ones and becomes one of the few people to lay eyes on The Necronomicon. Also appearing are Edwin Winthrop, agent of a special section of British Intelligence especially assigned to deal with Cthulhuoid horrors, and his vampire partner, Geneviève Dieudonné. Special Agent Finlay of the “Unnameables” Section of the FBI is also part of the anti-Cthulhu task-force.

A direct sequel to H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” and is one of the most skillful crossover pastiches I’ve ever read. The section of the FBI that employs Finlay is undoubtedly a precursor of the modern X-Files section. Edwin Winthrop and Genevieve Dieudonné are Wold Newton Universe versions of their counterparts in the Anno Dracula Universe (ADU), just as Charles Beauregard is a WNU version of his ADU counterpart in All-Consuming Fire. Furthermore, “The Big Fish” cannot take place in the ADU because Marlowe and Genevieve meet for the first time in 1977 in that Universe; see Newman’s story “Castle in the Desert.”

The Anno Dracula series features a virtual cornucopia of Wold Newton-related characters. There are three novels and six novellas (so far) by Kim Newman, set in an alternate universe Anno Draculawhere Dracula married the Queen and wielded great power in Victorian England. The three books are: Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron, and Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 (aka Dracula Cha Cha Cha).

Below is a list of characters appearing in this alternate universe (I'm sure I'll miss some references, so please feel free to contact me if you identify any others).

1888 Anno Dracula


Since the above list was compiled, the author, Kim Newman, has contacted me and graciously provided me with a much more complete and authoritative cast of the "borrowed characters" in Anno Dracula. Here is is, with great thanks to the author:


Books, plays, etc.

COUNT DRACULA: Dracula, Bram Stoker.
DR JOHN SEWARD: Dracula, Bram Stoker.
LUCY WESTENRA: Dracula, Bram Stoker.
ABRAHAM VAN HELSING: Dracula, Bram Stoker.
MINA HARKER: Dracula, Bram Stoker.
RENFIELD: Dracula, Bram Stoker.
JONATHAN HARKER: Dracula, Bram Stoker.
QUINCY MORRIS: Dracula, Bram Stoker.
LULU SCHON: Pandora's Box, Frank Wedekind.
GENEVIEVE DIEUDONNE: Drachenfels, Jack Yeovil
CHANDAGNAC: Drachenfels, Jack Yeovil (the name, not the character, comes from On Stranger Tides, Tim Powers)
INSPECTOR LESTRADE: A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
THE OLD JAGO: A Child of the Jago, Arthur Morrison
SHERLOCK HOLMES: A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
KATE REED: Dracula, Bram Stoker (deleted).
IVAN DRAGOMILOFF: The Assassination Bureau, Ltd, Jack London
SERGEANT DRAVOT: 'The Man Who Would Be King', Rudyard Kipling
SIR MANDEVILLE MESSERVY: related to SIR MILES MESSERVY, Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
MYCROFT HOLMES: 'The Greek Interpreter', Arthur Conan Doyle
COUNTESS GESCHWITZ: Pandora's Box, Frank Wedekind.
MELISSA D'ACQUES: Drachenfels, Jack Yeovil
KOSTAKI: The Pale-Faced Lady, Alexander Dumas (ascr)
HENRY JEKYLL: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', Robert Louis Stevenson
LORD RUTHVEN: 'The Vampyre', John Polidori
SIR FRANCIS VARNEY: Varney the Vampire, J.M. Rymer
COUNT BRASTOV: The Soft Whisper of the Dead, Charles L. Grant
VULKAN: They Thirst, Robert McCammon
COMTE DE SAINT-GERMAIN: Hotel Transylvania, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (but also a historical character)
SEBASTIAN VILLANUEVA: The Black Castle, Les Daniels
EDWARD WEYLAND: The Vampire Tapestry, Suzy McKee Charnas
KURT BARLOW: Salem's Lot, Stephen King
BARON KARNSTEIN: 'Carmilla', J.S. LeFanu
LADY ADELINA DUCAYNE: Good Lady Ducayne, Mary Braddon
SARAH KENYON: 'The Tomb of Sarah', F.G. Loring
ETHELIND FIONGUALA: Ken's Mystery, Julian Hawthorne
COUNTESS DOLINGEN: 'Dracula's Guest', Bram Stoker
SIR DANVERS CAREWE: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', Robert Louis Stevenson
THE AMAHAGGER: She, Henry Rider Haqggard
EZZELIN VON KLATKA: 'The Mysterious Stranger', Anonymous
COUNT VARDALEK: 'The True Story of a Vampire', Eric, Count Stenbock
THE LORD OF STRANGE DEATHS (Dr Fu-Manchu): The Insidious Dr Fu-Manchu, Sax Rohmer
THE PROFESSOR (PROFESSOR MORIARTY): 'The Final Problem', Arthur Conan Doyle
SIKES: Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
DR NIKOLA: A Bid for Fortune, Guy Boothby
GRIFFIN: The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
COLONEL SEBASTIAN MORAN: 'The Empty House', Arthur Conan Doyle
MACHEATH: The Threepenny Opera, Brecht & Weill
CLARIMONDE: 'Clarimonde', Theophile Gautier
CARNACKI: Carnacki the Ghost-Finder, William Hope Hodgson
MARTIN HEWITT: Martin Hewitt, Investigator, Arthur Morrison
MAX CARADOS: Max Carrados, Ernest Bramah (I misspelled the name - oops)
AUGUST VAN DEUSEN: The Thinking Machine, Jacques Futrelle
COTFORD: Dracula, Bram Stoker (deleted)
MRS WARREN: Mrs Warren's Profession, George Bernard Shaw
BERSERKER THE DOG: Dracula, Bram Stoker
GORCHA: 'The Wurdalak', Alexei Tolstoy (Boris Karloff, Black Sabbath)
LOUIS BAUER: Gas Light, Patrick Hamilton
REID: The Lone Ranger, George W. Trendle
BASIL HALLWARD: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
NED (EDWARD MALONE): 'The Adventure of the Grinder's Whistle', Howard Waldrop; The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle
A WESSEX CUP WINNER: 'Silver Blaze', Arthur Conan Doyle
MRS AMWORTH: 'Mrs Amworth', E.F. Benson
DR MOREAU: The Island of Dr Moreau, H.G. Wells
CLAYTON: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle; Tarzan Alive, Philip Jose Farmer
CARMILLA: 'Carmilla', J.S. LeFanu
HENRY WILCOX: Howard's End, E.M. Forster
RUPERT OF HENTZAU: The Prisoner of Zenda, Anthony Hope
LESTAT DE LIONCOURT: Interview With the Vampire, Anne Rice
SOAMES FORSYTE: The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
ALLAN QUATERMAIN: King Solomon's Mines, H Rider Haggard
LORD JOHN ROXTON: The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle
LUCIAN DE TERRE: The Werewolves of London, Brian Stableford
EDWARD HYDE: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', Robert Louis Stevenson

Films, TV, etc.

MR WAVERLY: related to Alexander Waverly (Leo G. Carroll), The Man From UNCLE
GENERAL IORGA, Robert Quarry, Count Yorga-Vampire
COUNT VON KROLOCK: Ferdy Mayne, Dance of the Vampires (The Fearless Vampire Killers)
BARON MEINSTER: David Peel, Brides of Dracula
COUNT MITTERHOUSE: Robert Tayman, Vampire Circus
ARMAND TESLA: Bela Lugosi, The Return of the Vampire
BARNABAS COLLINS: Jonathan Frid, Dark Shadows
COUNT DUVAL: German Robles, El Vampiro
COUNTESS MARYA ZALESKA: Gloria Holden, Dracula's Daughter
ASA VAJDA: Barbara Steele, Las Maschera del Demonio (Black Sunday)
MARTIN CUDA: John Amplas, Martin
ANTHONY: Simon Oakland, The Night Stalker
PRINCE MAMUWALDE: William Marshall, Blacula
CALEB CROFT: Michael Pataki, Grave of the Vampire
GRAF VON ORLOK: Max Schreck, Nosferatu
DR RAVNA: Noel Willman, Kiss of the Vampire
DR CALLISTRATUS: Donald Wolfit, Blood of the Vampire
ELISABETH BATHORY: Delphine Seyrig, Daughters of Darkness (also a historical character)



1918 The Bloody Red Baron

Rob Lewis writes:

Matthew Davis sends additional references:

Steven Costa adds:

Mark Odell also adds:


Kim Newman writes me to say that:


Andrew J. Brook points out that the detective fiction periodical "Crime Time" printed a chapter from The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman, "The Private Files of Mycroft Holmes," that wasn't included in the finished book. References in addition to the book proper are:



1959 Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 (aka Dracula Cha Cha Cha)

Again, I'm sure I'm missing at least half of the borrowed characters, especially the Italian references. I'm skipping references to real persons and sticking with the fictional borrowed characters who either appear or are mentioned in Judgment of Tears. Thanks to Mark Brown, Loki Carbis, Chris Davies, Greg Gick, and Lou Mougin. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Andrew McLean was able to help me with a few more references:

Vincent Fish sent me a few:

Tristan Sargent adds that,

Matthew Davis also sends additional references:

Paul Chamberlain adds:

            Paul Andinach adds:

Mark Odell also adds:

Brian Combe adds:

Steve Kydd chimes in with: 

Kim Newman writes me with some additional information:



The author, Kim Newman , December 31, 1998
"Besides the three novels, the Anno Dracula series includes 'Coppola's Dracula,' a novella published in Stephen Jones's The Mammoth Book of Dracula (and his The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: 1998, and available on the web at the Infinity Plus site). I am about to start work on another novella, 'Andy Warhol's Dracula,' which further extends the series into the late 1970s. It is my current plan to fix up these two pieces, along with a section set in Los Angeles, into a novel with the preliminary title Johnny Alucard: Anno Dracula 1976-79. That may well be it, at least for a while."

More recent news: 'The Other Side of Midnight', the last short story in the Anno Dracula triptych, is now finished. It is proposed the three stories ('Coppola's Dracula' and 'Andy Warhol's Dracula' being the previous two stories) will be published as a novel entitled Johnny Alucard.


1976 Coppola's Dracula (in The Mammoth Book of Dracula, Stephen Jones, ed., Carroll & Graf, 1997) or read it online.

Again, I'm skipping references to real persons and sticking with the fictional borrowed characters.



1977 Castle in the Desert: Anno Dracula 1977. Read it online.

I'm skipping references to real persons and listing the fictional borrowed characters. This list is compiled by Loki Carbis, Jess Nevins, Dennis Power, Jean-Marc Lofficier, and Win Eckert


Kim Newman writes me with some additional information:


Hooper_X adds:

Dan Cziraky points out that:

Michael Turyn adds:



1978-79 Andy Warhol's Dracula: Anno Dracula 1978-1979. Read it online.

This is as far as I got. Then some other Kim Newman fans stepped up to help me out: Loki Carbis, Heath Graham, Andrew McLean, and Hooper_X. Thank you gentlemen. Here's the remainder of the list:

Hooper_X adds quite a few:

Nick Ramos adds:

Michael Turyn adds:

Mark Odell adds:


Kim Newman writes me with this information:


1980 Who Dares Wins: Anno Dracula 1980. Read it online.

Skipping references to real persons and noting only fictional borrowed characters:

Steve Smith adds: 

And Paul Chamberlain adds: 


1981 The Other Side of Midnight (in the anthology Vampire Sextette, Science Fiction Book Club)

Again, real people and events are not listed, just fictional cross-references.

Kim Newman writes to tell me:


Dennis Power and Brad Mengel add:

and Dennis Power also identified these:

Loki Carbis adds:

Matthew Davis adds:


David Serchay adds:


1984 You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings: Anno Dracula 1984 (in Horror Garage No. 3)

Real people and events are not listed, only fictional cross-references. This list is compiled by (in no particular order) Jess Nevins, Dennis Power, Steven Costa, Loki Carbis, Greg Gick, Dan Cziraky, Matthew Rutsala, Rick Lai and Win Eckert.



Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series has even inspired online fiction by other writers:

1988-1989 Tim Burton's Red Reign: Anno Dracula 1988-1989 by Dan Cziraky. Read it online

In general, real people and events are not listed (except to demonstrate parallel themes), only fictional cross-references. 

Dan Cziraky adds the following:



Many thanks for their assistance on all the lists: Paul Andinach, Andrew J. Brook, Mark Brown, Loki Carbis, Brian Combe, Steven Costa, Dan Cziraky, Chris Davies, Matthew Davis, Vincent Fish, Greg Gick, Heath Graham, Hooper_X, Steve Greenfield, Steve Kydd, Rick Lai, Rob Lewis, Jean-Marc Lofficier, Andrew McLean, Brad Mengel, Lou Mougin, Jess Nevins, Mark Odell, Dennis Power, Nick Ramos, Matthew Rutsala, Tristan Sargent, David Serchay, Royce Testa, Michael Turyn, and, of course, Kim Newman(!)



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