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BOOK REVIEW – Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

By Marty Mulrooney

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Anno Dracula is an alternate history novel by British writer Kim Newman. Set in London during 1888, Queen Victoria has remarried, taking Vlad Tapes – better known as Count Dracula – as her new consort. England is fast becoming a police state, with vampires advancing both socially and politically whilst humans – “the warm” – face the grim decision of whether to “turn”, or brave an existence as a human being living outnumbered amongst the un-dead. First printed in 1992, Titan Books have recently reprinted Anno Dracula in a brand new paperback edition that offers a wealth of extra material.

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FILM REVIEW – Vampire (a.k.a Demon Under Glass)

By Marty Mulrooney

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The vampire genre has admittedly been done to death as of late, although recent hits such as HBO’s True Blood and the Twilight films have done plenty to reinvigorate its appeal with mainstream audiences. Which might go some way towards explaining why the somewhat obscure 2002 film Demon Under Glass was re-released on DVD last month, this time simply titled Vampire.

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BOOK REVIEW – Dracula: The Un-Dead

By Marty Mulrooney

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The official sequel to Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula, co-written by a direct descendant of Stoker himself (whom we interviewed in 2009 here), Dracula: The Un-Dead is wonderfully executed.  It is a book that takes any whispered accusations  of being a mere cash-in, throws them aside,  and in the process provides a story that is not only worthy of being called an official successor to the classic novel, but is actually a brilliant tale in its own right.

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GAME REVIEW – Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption (PC)

By Stewie Sutherland

VampMasqFrontCoverAh, Halloween. Very rarely do I go into anything spooky or creepy, but if there’s one thing I can’t refuse it’s a good story. Something with likeable main characters, a flowing plot, a satisfying ending, and above all, length. Not often do you find something with all those things in it. Many of today’s games spend a lot of their disc size on high-end graphics and sacrifice length, or visa versa. (Final Fantasy XII is a good balance of both, amazing for a simple PS2-sized DVD!) But I can’t deny it: if you want length, visuals and balance, you have to go to the PC. Old now (coming out in 2000, and already having a second game based upon it), Activision’s Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption was a game that delivered just that. Continue reading

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