You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.
– Neil Gaiman
And for the record, I’ve given up on reading Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. Believe me, I absolutely hate to drop a book, especially when the idea is so clever. She uses this Victorian fiction to theorize that Jack the Ripper was actually the boyfriend of the young woman who had to be staked in the original Dracula; that the Ripper didn’t just kill prostitutes, but vamipiric prostitutes. Did I just make vampiric up? Possibly, but I think you get the idea, right? It’s new, and fresh, and interesting. But Newman drops so many names that my head is spinning and I can’t keep up with who is who and why I care about them, among other things, and overall, I’m disappointed and can’t struggle my way through. If any of you pick up the book, let me know what you think about it, because I just couldn’t do it.