Thursday, October 23, 2014

Crossover: Supernatural: One Year Gone

Monster hunter Dean Winchester, despite being supposedly retired, travels to Salem, Massachusetts to retrieve a copy of the Necronomicon, which he believes contains a spell that can release his brother Sam from Hell. This tie to the Cthulhu Mythos is one of several crossovers confirming that the events of the TV series Supernatural take place in the CU. It is also hinted that a similar book encountered by the brothers in the episode “Swap Meat” was a watered-down version of the Necronomicon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crossover Cover: A Pretty Mouth

This collection features several generations of the Calipash family, who are noble in social status if not in nature. The stories are in reverse chronological order. The first story in the book features Jeeves and Bertie Wooster. Also, the present Lord Calipash refers to his American cousins, the Mortlows. The Mortlow family is from Alan M. Clark's novel A Parliament of Crows, which like A Pretty Mouth was published by Lazy Fascist Press. A reference to "Rafael Sabatini's recently-published Scaramouche" places this story in 1921. Another story, "The Hour of the Tortoise," is set in 1887. Chelone Burchell, an illegitimate offspring of the Calipash family, writes a pornographic story that mentions Miss Coote’s Academy for Young Women of Breeding and Promise. The family’s Private Library included a copy of a book entitled Nameless Cults. Chelone once had sex with Lord Crim-Con. Miss Coote is a reference to Rosa Coote, a character who appeared in the Victorian pornographic magazine The Pearl. Rosa was confirmed to exist in the CU in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which depicted her as having taken over the Correctional Academy for Wayward Gentlewomen she attended in the original stories. Chelone must have known the real Rosa Coote, and incorporated her into her story. Lord Crim-Con is from another serial in The Pearl, “Lady Pokingham, or They All Do It”; Lady Pokingham was mentioned in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as visiting the Academy. Friedrich von Juntz’s book Nameless Cults (or Unaussprechlichen Kulten) appears in Cthulhu Mythos stories by Robert E. Howard.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Crossover Cover: Cons, Scams & Grifts

Joe Gores' DKA novels are in the CU through a story where Dan Kearney met the ghost of the Continental Op. In this DKA book, a couple of cops receive help on a case from an L.A. Homicide detective named Harry Bosch. Bosch is featured in a series of novels by Michael Connelly. All of Connelly's novels take place in the same universe. Bosch has a cameo in Robert Crais' Elvis Cole novel The Last Detective, while Cole cameos in the Bosch novel Lost Light. Like Connelly, Crais sets most of his novels in the same universe. Bosch also cameos in Paula L. Woods' Charlotte Justice novel Strange Bedfellows. Finally, in the story "Red Eye" in the all-crossover anthology FaceOff, Bosch meets Dennis Lehane's Boston P.I. Patrick Kenzie.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crossover of the Week

May 2006
            Supernatural investigator Quincey Morris and white witch Libby Chastain battle a practitioner of black magic who is continuing her family’s vendetta against the descendants of the woman who exposed her ancestress as a witch during the trials in Salem. Quincey owes a debt to a man named Jack, whose crew travels in semis and four-wheel-drive jeeps. Quincey thinks that none of the experts who have written about the vampire’s nature, such as Van Helsing, Blake, and Tregarde, have been able to explain why the undead are vulnerable to certain natural substances. A flashback details Quincey’s namesake and great-grandfather’s death while helping to kill Dracula, as well as the aftermath of those events. Morris once spent an hour in a townhouse in Washington’s Georgetown section where two Jesuit priests died performing an exorcism to save a young girl. Quincey and Libby visit occult investigator Barry Love, whose bookshelves hold two different editions of the Bible, Stone’s Practical Demon-Hunting, the Bhagavad-Gita, Newman’s The Vampire in Victorian England, Wellman’s biography of John the Balladeer, books by Hegel and Sartre, Black’s Approaching the Millennium, and the third edition of Investigating the Occult: Principles and Techniques by Scully and Reyes. Later, the black witch uses her magic to force the driver of an SUV to attempt to run over Quincey and Libby. The SUV smashes through the front of Del Floria’s Tailor Shop. After Libby is hospitalized, a pair of N.Y.P.D. detectives question Quincey about the “accident.” One is named Clark, while the other’s last name is something that ends with “witz.”
            Novel by Justin Gustainis, 2008. The modern-day Quincey Morris is a descendant of the courageous Texan of the same name in Stoker’s Dracula. The original Quincey’s wife died in childbirth, thus explaining his bachelorhood in the original novel. Jay Lindsey notes, “There is some conflict with Quincey Morris, Vampire, by P.N. Elrod. In Gustainis’ book, Morris is survived by his parents and one son. In Elrod’s account, Morris claims his parents died long before. I think we can get around that, though. Given that the Morris family picked up a generational monster hunting legacy, it’s obvious that at some point the original Quincey, in his new state of undeath, attempted to make contact with his parents and son, and it did not go well. A century later, while relating his account to Elrod, vampire Quincey chose to gloss over those painful memories.” Jack is vampire hunter Jack Crow from John Steakley’s novel Vampire$. Van Helsing needs no explanation at this point. Blake is a reference to the protagonist of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels. However, Blake’s exploits take place in a world where the existence of the supernatural is widely known. The Blake referenced here must be her CU counterpart, whose exploits are vastly different from the “Blake-verse’s” Anita. Diana Tregarde appears in a series of novels by Mercedes Lackey. The two Jesuit priests are from William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist. Stone is Ezekiel Stone from the television series Brimstone. Newman is doubtless the CU counterpart of Kim Newman. The exploits of Manly Wade Wellman’s John the Balladeer, aka Silver John, are well-established as part of the CU. Black is Frank Black from the television series Millennium. Scully and Reyes are FBI Agents Dana Scully and Monica Reyes from The X-Files. Earlier in the book, Special Agent Dale Fenton refers to The X-Files as a television series; presumably, this was a spin-off of the movie starring Garry Shandling and Téa Leoni. Del Floria’s Tailor Shop houses the secret entrance to the headquarters of U.N.C.L.E. The N.Y.P.D. detectives are John Clark, Jr. and Andy Sipowicz from the television series NYPD Blue.