Friday, May 22, 2015

Crossover Cover: Joyland

The GS&WM Railroad and the tabloid Inside View, both recurring elements of King's interconnected fiction, are mentioned. The Joyland amusement park is also mentioned in King's novel Revival, which has other connections to King's mythos, as well as an appearance by Robert Bloch's Cthulhu Mythos tome De Vermis Mysteriis.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Crossover Cover: Return of the Nyctalope

This novella by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier is a sequel to Jean de La Hire’s original Nyctalope novel The King of the Night; a translation and adaptation of that novel by Brian Stableford is also included in the book. In 2014, the Nyctalope returns to the planet Rhea, which he first visited in 1935. Leo currently works for Auguste Pichenet, the head of the French Intelligence Service. Leo’s lover is Gisèle d’Holbach, his liaison to French Intelligence. Rhea is revealed to have been created by a race called the Sarvants. “Auguste Pichenet” is an alias frequently used by Langelot, a young spy for SNIF (Service National d’Information Fonctionnelle) featured in novels by “Lieutenant X” (Vladimir Volkoff.) Apparently Langelot runs SNIF himself in the 21st century. Gisèle d’Holbach is related to Langelot’s fellow SNIF agent Gersende “Aspirant Mistigri” d’Holbach. The Sarvants are from Maurice Renard’s novel The Blue Peril, which has also been translated and adapted by Brian Stableford.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Crossover Cover: The Ninth Configuration

Among the U.S. Army soldiers being treated by Colonel Vincent “Killer” Kane at an insane asylum based in a castle is astronaut Billy Cutshaw, who has a fear of dying in space. Cutshaw is meant to be the same unnamed astronaut who is told by a possessed Regan MacNeil that he will die in space in Blatty’s novel The Exorcist. Since The Exorcist takes place in the CU, so does this novel.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Crossover Cover: Drinking Midnight Wine

Toby Dexter, a mild-mannered bookshop assistant in Bradford-on-Avon, follows a beautiful and enigmatic woman named Gayle from Veritie, the real world, to Mysterie, the magical world, where he learns that he is a focal point, destined to play a major role in defeating Nicholas Hob, the Serpent’s Son and his ally, a fallen angel called simply Angel, who wish to raze both Veritie and Mysterie in order to allow Hob’s father, the Serpent in the Sun, to remake them in his own image. Toby’s shop sells the new English translation of the infamous Necronomicon and the Bruin Bear and the Sea Goat books. Jimmy Thunder, God for Hire, once had a case involving Count Dracula’s mandolin. The Necronomicon and Count Dracula need no introduction. The Bruin Bear and the Sea Goat books are from Green's novel Shadows Fall. Several individuals mentioned in this novel go on to appear in the Nightside series.