Anno Dracula 1999 Daikaiju by Kim Newman
This story is the latest in a long series of stories about the alternate world of Anno Dracula, most of which I haven’t read. Don’t worry, it’s a great yarn even without all of the context.
Richard Jeperson, the man from the Diogenes Club, accompanied by a 1,000 year old Drearcliff girl (?), attend a millennial bash in Tokyo. The hostess is a strange lady, Vampire Countess Christina Light. She is planning something, probably something that the Diogenes Club will want to stop.
An A List of celebrities and wannabes are assembled in Cristina’s headquarters, which is a Godzilla Robot shaped skyscraper. Enter through the tail, the party is in the ballroom in the dragon’s mouth 100 stories up.
The hostess isn’t the only one up to something. Dracula’s younger brother is in the house, as are the weird planetary defense force, EarthGuard, another weird planetary fixit force, Wings Over the World, an old flame Syrie Van Epp, master hacker Jun Zero, and a lot of other dangerous weirdos,
Everybody is up to something.
What’s going on? Will the good guys win the day? Who are the good guys, anyway?
And will Tokyo survive this party?
As always, Newman gives us lots of references to pop culture of the last several centuries. In this case, eh appropriates Japanese folk tales, Manga, and sci-fi movies, as is appropriate to the setting. It turns out that Japan has some unique permutations and variations on vampirism and related supernatural beings.
Long time readers may be surprised to find not a single footnote. I guess we are supposed to have our web search engine open at all times, to look up all the Japanese slang and pop references.
Good stuff, as we have grown to expect from Mr. Newman.
- Kim Newman, Anno Dracula 1999 Daikaiju, New York, Titan Books, 2019.
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