THE DEEP ONES: "Red Jacks Wild" by Kim Newman

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THE DEEP ONES: "Red Jacks Wild" by Kim Newman

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març 22, 2020, 3:30pm

I'd originally hoped to visit my local and borrow a copy, when voting for the selection. I might see about electronic borrowing, as I understand that remains an option for patrons, but elsewise I'll have to sit this one out. Too bad, as this series had come with various positive reviews over the years and I thought to make this DEEP ONES read my gateway drug.

març 25, 2020, 2:16pm

Well, I don't have access to this story, but it has put me in mind of reading Anno Dracula. I read a number of issues of the comic book adaptation and liked it well enough, but the cover of this one intriuges me more.

març 26, 2020, 8:59pm

I ought to point out that the title of this book as more than a little misleading. It's actually a collection of non-Anno Dracula universe stories from across pretty much the whole of Newman's writing career. The oldest one dates back to 1988. The title story, the only Anno Dracula content, is actually a sneak preview of the start of Anno Dracula 1899: One Thousand Monsters.

By now the series is like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Penny Dreadful: all the characters of Gothic, horror, popular fiction can potentially rub shoulders with one another and with real-life public figures of the time. The first novel actually starts off a bit more restrained, extrapolating from a change in the course of events in Stoker's novel and slowly introducing elements not in Stoker's world - other literary vampires to begin with, then widening the net.

In most of the stories in the collection, he's playing with the familiar characters and tropes that I imagine we're all carrying around in the "Monster Kid" part of our minds (that cast list on the cover of the book doesn't lie), but in standalone tales. The historical and cultural references go a lot wider than a narrow genre focus though, which is all to the good.

Obviously I don't want say too much about the story we actually chose, for fear of spoilers. I'm not sure if I should say anything really. Newman is a humorous writer and places his plot twists like the punchlines to so many gags. Giving anything away would be to spoil the joke, so to speak.

març 27, 2020, 8:33am

>4 housefulofpaper:

A very useful clarification/explanation. Thanks!