Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The contents for this year's Tales of the Shadowmen volume have been announced. Needless to say, I will be picking this up, as I have all the previous volumes, partly because I'm a fan of the series, and partly so I can write up all the stories.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I covered James A. Moore and Charles Rutledge's book Blind Shadows in a previous post. Today, I give you my write-up of its sequel.
Late August 2012
CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD
Sheriff Carl Price and Wade Griffin battle the Reverend Lazarus Cotton and his congregation of vampires. Price and Griffin’s ally Andy Hunter refers to an old colleague of his named Crowley. Another ally, Carter Decamp, reminds Griffin that he said that the Great Old Ones only have limited power on Earth because our reality is naturally resistant to supernatural forces. Griffin’s girlfriend Charon recognizes copies of Unspeakable Cults and the Ruthvenian in Decamp’s personal library of occult texts. Decamp says that he only knows of two other surviving copies of the Ruthvenian, a book of lore and spells dealing with vampires, both of which are in the possession of a colleague of his. Charon remarks that she thought the Ruthvenian was a myth like Alhazred’s Necronomicon, but Decamp indicates that the Necronomicon may not be mythical. Charon notes that Pursuivant’s Vampiricon suggests garlic as a means of repelling vampires.
Novel by James A. Moore and Charles R. Rutledge, Arcane Wisdom Press, 2013. Jonathan Crowley is a recurring character in Moore’s fiction. The Great Old Ones are at the center of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Price and Griffin battled one of the Old Ones, Shub Niggurath, in their first appearance, Blind Shadows. The Necronomicon, penned by Abdul Alhazred, also plays a prominent role in the Mythos. Friedrich von Juntz’s Unspeakable Cults (or Unaussprechlichen Kulten in the original German) is a Cthulhu Mythos tome created by Robert E. Howard. The Ruthvenian is a recurring book in the interconnected fiction of Donald F. Glut. Decamp’s colleague who owns the other two surviving copies of the book is Dr. Adam Spektor, from Glut’s comic book series The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor. The Vampiricon was authored by Manly Wade Wellman’s occult detective Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant, and is mentioned in the Pursuivant stories.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
The beginning of a story arc running from issues 19-23. Near the beginning of this issue, a friend of Margo Lane’s asks her when she plans to finally marry Lamont Cranston, saying “You think that marriage means the good times are over, don’t you? But look at Nora! Has she slowed down any since she got hitched?” Margo replies, “What about Dian? She and her beau are thick as thieves. Does the fact that she doesn’t have a ring on her finger make a bit of difference?” Nora is heiress Nora Charles, who investigates crimes alongside her husband Nick, a former private investigator, as seen in Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Thin Man and the subsequent film series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. Dian is Dian Belmont, the girlfriend and companion of Wesley Dodds, aka the Sandman, whose exploits appeared in Adventure Comics in the 1940s.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
All three of Moonstone's Green Hornet anthologies have stories with crossovers in them. Several stories reference the Hornet's genealogical relationship to the Lone Ranger. Win's stories in the first and third volumes feature the insidious green-eyed Chinese doctor Shan Ming Fu, who is best known by another name, and his granddaughter Isabella Fang, who is also the daughter of the titular villain from the radio series Doctor Fang. (Shan Ming Fu and Isabella also appear in Win and Matthew Baugh's Honey West/T.H.E. Cat crossover novel A Girl and Her Cat, incidentally.) Matthew Baugh's stories in all three volumes feature Tim Nektosha of the Potawatomi tribe, a relative of Tonto, and his girlfriend Hanomah Return, a relative of Manly Wade Wellman's Native American detective David Return. There are other crossovers in the anthologies as well. It's worth noting that the hardcover edition of The Green Hornet: Still At Large! features a story by Michael Uslan in which the radio version of the Hornet meets the Avenger. Besides an appearance by Britt Reid's elderly great-uncle John, the story also has veiled references to Doc Savage and the Shadow.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
SHOWDOWN AT STEAM TOWN
A man named Leo hitches a ride with two young men named Dean and Sal. Sal says that Dean has problems with his family on his father’s side, and therefore he is tense when meeting people from Britain. They are nearly crushed by a massive creature. They are led to a place called Steam Town by an elderly Native American named Little Beaver. They meet a young woman named Fran Reade, whose grandfather built Steam Town. Little Beaver refers to atomic bomb testing sites such as Los Alamos, White Sands, and Gamma Base. The creature that attacked Leo, Dean, and Sal turns out to be an ant that has grown to gigantic size due to exposure to radiation. Fran helps drive off the ant (as well as another of its kind) with a steam-powered automaton built by her great-grandfather.
Short story by Travis Hiltz in Night of the Nyctalope, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Black Coat Press, 2012; reprinted in French in Les Compagnons de l’Ombre (Tome 12), Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Rivière Blanche, 2013. Leo is Jean de La Hire’s hero Leo Saint-Clair, aka the Nyctalope. Dean and Sal are Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise from Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat novel On the Road. Win Scott Eckert’s essay “Who’s Going to Take Over the World When I’m Gone? (A Look at the Genealogies of Wold Newton Family Super-Villains and Their Nemeses)” (Myths for the Modern Age: Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe, Win Scott Eckert, MonkeyBrain Books, 2005) argued that Dean was the great-nephew of Professor Moriarty. As a boy, Little Beaver was the sidekick of the title character of Stephen Slesinger and Fred Harman’s Western comic strip Red Ryder. Fran Reade is the great-granddaughter of dime novel inventor Frank Reade, and the granddaughter of his son Frank Jr, both of whom built steam-men. Gamma Base is from the exploits of Marvel Comics’ the Hulk, although the CU version of the Hulk is much less powerful than his Marvel Universe counterpart, and his rampages are much less destructive. The giant ants are from the movie Them!