Dracula Cha Cha Cha
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|Series||Anno Dracula series|
|Genre||Alternate history, Horror|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Bloody Red Baron|
|Followed by||Johnny Alucard|
In 1959, several of the world's notable vampires gather in Rome for the wedding of Count Dracula. Nefarious schemes are afoot and being investigated by British Intelligence, the Diogenes Club, and several others, including a British spy on the trail of a sinister madman with a white cat.
The book is an alternate history novel set in a world where Van Helsing never killed Dracula. The version of Rome shown in the book is heavily influenced by Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. As always in the series, the novel contains a number of characters from other fictional works, though due to copyright restrictions some are not named or are given aliases.
Some of these identity shifts are quite clear (such as the character of Commander Hamish Bond, who has a fondness for martinis, drives an Aston Martin, carries a Walther PPK, has the Scots version of the name "James" for his name, and gets to say "the bitch is dead."), while some are more obscure (a Kansas football player named Kent, for example).
The novel's original title is inspired by Bruno Martino's song Dracula Cha Cha Cha, which appears on the album Italian Graffiti (1960/61?) and is performed onscreen in Vincente Minnelli's film Two Weeks in Another Town (1962).
Characters from other works of fiction
These characters come from a variety of different sources. Some, mostly those from public domain works, are listed by name. Some of the others are listed by mere descriptions.
- Mr and Mrs Addams — From The Addams Family
- Professor Adelsberg — From the film Der Fluch der grünen Augen
- Peter Blood — From the film Doctor Blood's Coffin
- Cabiria — From the film Le Notti di Cabiria
- Zé do Caixão (Coffin Joe) — From the films by José Mojica Marins
- Madame Cassandra — From the film Beverly Hills Vamp
- Marguerite Chopin of Courtempierre — From the film Vampyr
- Jonas Cord — From the novel The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins
- The Crimson Executioner — From the film Bloody Pit of Horror
- Toby Dammit — From the film Spirits of the Dead
- Waldemar Daninsky — From the films of Paul Naschy
- Count Karol de Lavud — From the film El Vampiro
- Don Sebastian de Villanueva — From the novels of Les Daniels
- Dondi — From the comic-strip of the same name
- Elisabeta of Transylvania — From the film Bram Stoker's Dracula
- Webb Fallon — From the film The Vampire's Ghost
- Hugh Farnham — From the novel Bad Dreams by Kim Newman
- Sergeant Ginko — Later Inspector Ginko from the Italian comic Diabolik
- Doctor Génessier — From the film Eyes Without a Face
- Dr. Hichcock — From the film The Horrible Dr. Hichcock
- The Jewish golem — From the film The Golem: How He Came into the World
- Count Kernassy — From the film L'Ultima Preda del Vampiro
- Jeddidiah Leland — From the film Citizen Kane
- Malenka — From the film La Nipote del Vampiro
- Marcello — From the film La Dolce Vita
- Baron Meinster — From the film The Brides of Dracula
- Count Mitterhouse — From the film Vampire Circus
- Luna Mora — From the film Mark of the Vampire
- Professor Moriarty — From the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Count Oblensky — From the film The Horrible Sexy Vampire
- Dr. Orlof — From the film The Awful Dr. Orlof
- Colonel Pyat — From the Pyat Quartet by Michael Moorcock
- Hamer Radshaw — From the film Fame Is the Spur
- Kate Reed — A character from Dracula who was cut from the final novel
- Richmond Reed — From the film Vampire Hookers
- Drago Robles — From the film Curse of the Undead
- Lady Anibas Vadja — From the film La Maschera del Demonio
- Princess Asa Vadja — From the film La Maschera del Demonio
- Irma Vep — From the film Les Vampires
- Radu Vladislas — From the film Subspecies and its sequels
- Anton Voytek — From the 1979 TV series Vampire
- Don Simon Ysidro — From the "James Asher, Vampire" novels by Barbara Hambley
- Mater Lachrymarum — From Thomas De Quincey's prose poem Levana and our Ladies of Sorrow, as well as Dario Argento's The Three Mothers trilogy.
- Both The Incredible Hulk and Iron Fist of Marvel Comics are alluded to in the final chapters of the book (specifically the short story Aquarius published in the new Titan Books edition of the story), as Kate Reed is mentioned as having read about Gamma Bomb testing (though the location was changed to taking place in India, as opposed to the Nevada desert) and later ruminating about mythical lost cities, including K'un L'un, the mystical village in the Himalayas where Iron Fist received his training.
Historical persons appearing in the novel
- Valerie Hobson (under her married name Valerie Profumo)
- The Aga Khan
- Bishop Albino Luciani (the future Pope John Paul I)
- The character drives an Aston Martin, drinks martinis, "Hamish" is the Scottish version of the name "James", he carries a Walther PPK and works for British Intelligence. It is also mentioned that he was turned into a vampire by Sgt. Dravot, who was also played by Sean Connery; and Bond's physical change at the end of the novel seems to imply that he begun the book resembling Sean Connery and ended looking like Roger Moore.
- His style of dress and his white cat are a reference to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, specifically from the movie version of You Only Live Twice
- His steel teeth refer to Jaws and his throwing-hat to Oddjob
- But not as we know him; he is identified as a football player from Kansas, and (although his appearance includes several Superman-related injokes) there is no indication that he is Superman (or indeed that Superman exists in the world of the novel). In a particularly subtle joke, several details from the character's backstory were borrowed from the life story of the actor Steve Reeves, who (unlike George Reeves and Christopher Reeve) never portrayed Superman on screen.