Andy Warhol’s Dracula (published in 2000) kicks off in New York’s legendary Chelesea Hotel – Room 100 – during the 1970’s. Romanian vampire Johnny Popescu is draining Nancy‘s corpse while Sid sits in a druggy haze watching Josie And The Pussycats on TV.
Leaving the building, Johnny flags down a taxi, driven by an edgy Viernam War vet called Travis, and heads off to Studio 54 where he meets Andy Warhol. Oh, and he’s wearing Tony Manero’s suit.
Johnny, possibly Count Dracula himself, becomes part of Warhol’s entourage and makes a mint selling powdered vampire blood to The Big Apple’s beautiful and damned.
Satirical , clever and at times laugh out loud funny, there’s a lot of pleasure to be had from Kim Newman’s novella, not least spotting the cameos along the way- Popeye Doyle, Blade, Patrick Bateman, Michael Corleone.
And casting Warhol, who Lou Reed famously nicknamed Drella -a cross betwen Dracula and Cinderalla, as a wannabe vampire is spot on.