The Bloody Red Baron
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|Series||Anno Dracula series|
|Genre||Alternate History, Horror|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PR6064.E9277 B57 1995|
|Preceded by||Anno Dracula|
|Followed by||Dracula Cha Cha Cha|
The book takes place during World War I, and centers around the Diogenes Club's efforts to investigate Germany's attempt to make powerful, undead fliers. Heading up the German operations are the likes of Rotwang, Doctor Caligari and Doctor Mabuse. One of their more successful efforts is an undead flier known as the Red Baron. The story also features Edgar Allan Poe as a vampire writer assigned to ghost write the Red Baron's autobiography.
The book is set in an alternate history universe where Professor Van Helsing failed in his efforts to kill Count Dracula, leading to a vampire renaissance across the world. The book combines a large number of historical and fictional characters, as did its predecessor, Anno Dracula and pays tribute to a great many World War I movies and novels.
The novel features a great many characters from other media, including TV and movies, as well as novels and short stories; some are directly named, while others are merely described. The following list is far from complete.
- Count Dracula - From Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Brides of Dracula - From Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Paul Bäumer — From All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
- Doctor Caligari — From the 1920 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- Baron von Emmelman — The original identity of comic book character The Heap
- General Karnstein — From Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu
- Doctor Mabuse - From the works of Norbert Jacques
- Count Orlok - From the 1922 film Nosferatu
- Hjalmar Poelzig — From the 1934 film The Black Cat
- Robur — From Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne
- Rotwang - From the film Metropolis
- Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff — From the film The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
- Erich von Stalhein — From the Biggles series by W. E. Johns
- Professor Jakob Ten Brincken — From the 1911 novel Alraune
- Lemora - From the 1975 film, "Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural"
- Faustine - Probably the character from the Algernon Charles Swinburne poem of the same name
- Chateau du Malinbois - From the stories of vampire-haunted Averoigne by Clark Ashton Smith
- Hanns Heinz Ewers
- Franz Ferdinand
- Franz Joseph I of Austria
- Anthony Fokker
- Hermann Göring
- Fritz Haarmann
- Mata Hari
- Paul von Hindenburg
- Adolf Hitler
- Franz Kafka
- Peter Kürten
- Béla Lugosi
- Erich Ludendorff
- Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Manfred von Richthofen
- Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
- Kaiser Wilhelm II
- Ferdinand von Zeppelin
- Winston Churchill
- "Red" Albright - From the Captain Midnight radio show
- Kent Allard - From The Shadow series by Walter B. Gibson
- Doctor Arrowsmith - From the novel Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
- Ashenden - From the novel Ashenden: Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham
- Jake Barnes — From The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- Eddie Bartlett — From the movie The Roaring Twenties
- James Bigglesworth — From the Biggles series by W. E. Johns
- Lady Jennifer Buckingham — From the Doctor Who serial The War Games
- Jerry Dandridge — From the film Fright Night
- Clifford Chatterley — From the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
- Caleb Croft - From the film, "Grave of the Vampire" (or "Seed of Terror")
- Courtney - From the film, "The Dawn Patrol (1930 film)"
- Tom Cundall — From the novel Winged Victory by Victor Maslin Yeates
- Sergeant Dravot - From The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
- Bulldog Drummond - From the works of H. C. McNeile
- James Gatz (Jay Gatsby) - From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Private Charles Godfrey - From the TV series Dad's Army' '(referred to as "the Quaker stretcher-bearer, Godfrey")
- Mina Harker - From Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Ginger Hebblethwaite — From the Biggles series by W. E. Johns
- Mycroft Holmes - From the works of Arthur Conan Doyle
- Nick Knight - From the TV series Forever Knight
- Kostaki — From The Pale Lady by Alexandre Dumas, père
- Algernon "Algy" Lacey — From the Biggles series by W. E. Johns
- Bertie Lissie — From the Biggles series by W. E. Johns; an upper-class character who wears a monocle, utters clichéd expressions, and bears some resemblance to P. G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster.
- Cary Lockwood - From the 1931 film, The Last Flight
- Lt. Col. Andrew Blodgett "Monk" Mayfair - One of Doc Savage's five assistants
- General Mireau — From the movie Paths of Glory
- Doctor Moreau - From the novel The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
- Kate Reed — A character from Dracula who was cut from the final novel
- Lord Ruthven - From the short story The Vampyre by Dr. John William Polidori
- Severin — From the film Near Dark
- Captain Elliot Spencer — The original identity of Pinhead from the movie Hellraiser
- Simon Templar - From The Saint novels and TV series.
- Tietjens - Probably Christopher Tietjens from "Parade's End" by Ford Maddox Ford
- Dr. Thorndyke - From the novels of R. Austin Freeman
- Isolde - From the French film, "Le frisson des vampires"
- Jedediah Leland - From Orson Welles's Citizen Kane
- Herbert West - From the short story "Herbert West–Reanimator" by H. P. Lovecraft
- Lord Peter Wimsey - From the Peter Wimsey novels of Dorothy L. Sayers (referred to as "the second son of the Duke of Denver")
- Wilson - From the Biggles series of books
- Clive Wynne-Candy - From the film, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.
- H. H. Asquith
- Albert Ball
- Winston Churchill
- Arthur Rhys Davids
- Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig
- David Lloyd George
- Oswald Mosley
- Nicholas II of Russia
- Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
- Charles Nungesser
- John J. Pershing
- Philippe Pétain
- William Robertson
- Mansfield Smith-Cumming
- J. R. R. Tolkien
- King Victor of Britain
- H. G. Wells
- Henry Hughes Wilson
- Fantômas - From the works of Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
- Jules and Jim — From the movie Jules and Jim
- Perle von Mauren — From Carl Jacobi's Revelations in Black
- Oliver Mellors — From the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover
- Charles Plumpick — From the 1966 film King of Hearts
- Snoopy - From Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
- Švejk — From The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek
- Langstrom of Gotham University/Man-Bat - Robert Kirkland (Kirk) Langstrom of DC Comics'Batman fame; an anachronism of course
- Jacques Lantier - From Émile Zola's novel "La Bête Humaine"
- Des Esseintes - From "A Rebours" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
- Sadie Thompson - From the eponymous 1928 film
- Lola-Lola - From the 1930 German film, "The Blue Angel"
- Gigi - From the French novel by Colette, "Gigi"
- Jiggs - From the 1958 American film, "The Tarnished Angels"
- Judex - From the 1912 silent French serial
- Bleiler, Richard (2003). Supernatural Fiction Writers: Guy Gavriel Kay to Roger Zelazny. Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 762.
- Heldreth, Leonard G.; Mary Pharr (1999). The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Literature. Popular Press. pp. 184–186. ISBN 0-87972-803-5.