I am a big fan of alternate histories and books that contain tons of literary references and nods.
So this was right up my alley (if the pun might be pardoned).
The year is 1888, the place London. Van Helsing’s group have failed to kill Dracula who has married Queen Victoria and rules the country as the city fills with vampires. It is a dangerous place not to mention that the killer known as Silver Knife is killing off un-dead prostitutes.
The pre-hype I heard about this book claimed you would need an encyclopaedia and you really do. From the obvious examples of Lestrade’s detective friend being shipped off due to his refusal to accept the new Prince Consort (Newman pointed out that Holmes’ removal was a necessity as he would solve the case before tea-time) to Miss Kate Reed (a character removed from the early draft of Dracula).
It’s great fun to work out quite who or what Newman is referencing but the book also has a great plot as well. You know exactly who the killer is and can enjoy his confusion as his crusade is warped and renamed by the public.
The version I read included notes from the author as well as extracts from a possible film script which I’d watch with glee if it was ever made.
I give the book FOUR “I KNOW THAT BOOK” out of FIVE.
“There’s one charming spot most magnificent to be seen,
‘Tis Balmoral Castle, the Highland Home of our Queen;
The surrounding scenery is enchanting to see,
While near by rolls past the lovely River Dee.”—BEAUTIFUL BALMORAL by William McGonagall
I’m Tom Jancis and at the time of this being posted I am an unemployed writer/actor/ director (thus I am a WAD).
I kept meaning to blog on my other channel but for the same reasons that I never keep a constant journal I find myself here. Mostly a mix of procrastination and a feeling the time could be better spent but never is.
Yet I take the plunge and I start this fine little thing.
Look forward to me writing on this to fill time when not writing my next play.