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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4
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For our fourth episode, Eric Wier and Alexander Winberg talk about the 1989 horror classic Drachenfels by Kim Newman, of the Anno Dracula fame. We chat about the novel’s interesting place in the Old World, and how things have both stayed the same and also changed in the Warhammer world since it was first written. We also talk about its unusual characters and interesting plot structure: a jailed playwright and vampire from Bretonnia creating a dramatization of the defeat of the dreaded Drachenfels.

2 responses to “Chapter 4”

  1. I listened to all the Kim Newman Warhammer books over the last year or two on Audible and loved them. It was so refreshing to return to that 80’s version of the proto-Old World, and like you mentioned the dark humor is something that’s sorely missed from a lot of the current writing and in the setting in general. I was going to mention that there’s a short story that I loved in the next book that’s basically Phantom of the Opera, but you got to it as well! That one had a very sympathetic mutant character as well. 😉 One thing that’s been fun is I’ve also been listening to Bill King’s Gotrek novels and occasionally the two book series reference each other and Gotrek actually shows up in one of the later “Genevieve Stories” that she’s actually not really even in.

    • You are quite right, the earlier books had a much lighter touch compared to the heavy handedness of the current BL books. Gotrek and Felix is of course a classic that looms over almost every other Warhammer Fantasy book and I am not surprised that King would mention Drachenfels, many authors seems to have liked the story a lot and like to hide small references to it. One can only dream of what would have been if GW had chosen that style over the high fantasy grim darkness they went for.

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