Kim Newman was born in London (in 1959), later moving to the village of Aller, in Somerset. After leaving school, Kim went to the University of Sussex where he studied English.
By 1980 he had moved to London, but commuted back to the West Country regularly to work in theatre and cabaret circles. He was part of the Sheep Worrying Theatre Group, at the Arts Centre, Bridgwater. But although these projects were enjoyable, they weren't very profitable, so Kim was working to make his mark in literary circles.
He became successful as a film reviewer and critic, and soon his short stories were being picked up by magazines like Interzone. In 1985 his first published work hit the shelves. It was a non-fiction book, co-authored with Neil Gaiman, called Ghastly Beyond Belief: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of Quotations. It was quickly followed the same year by a self-penned non-fiction title, called Nightmare Movies: A Critical History of the Horror Film since 1968. During this period, Kim continued as a reviewer and fiction writer, having written for numerous publications in the UK, and many more overseas.
His first published novel, was The Night Mayor in 1989. Kim also published work under the name of Jack Yeovil. In 1990 Bad Dreams came out. In 1992, with the publication of Anno Dracula, Kim was well and truly brought to the attention of the public. The book's premise is that Dracula did not die, but turned Queen Victoria and much of her royal court and the political elite into vampires. Further volumes in the The Anno Dracula series include The Bloody Red Baron, and Dracula Cha Cha Cha, as well as several short stories.