The Crossover UniverseTM is a companion blog to the books Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1-2 by Win Scott Eckert, and the forthcoming Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1-2 by Sean Levin. Material excerpted from Crossovers Volumes 1 & 2 is © copyright 2010-2014 by Win Scott Eckert. All rights reserved. Material excerpted from Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1 & 2 is © copyright 2014-present by Sean Levin. All rights reserved.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Crossover Cover: Old Friends and New Fancies
Monday, April 28, 2014
Crossover Covers: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation²
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Crossover of the Week
THE LOVECRAFTIAN DAMNATION
Marvin Richards, host of the television program Challenge of the Unknown, once again summons reporter Carl Kolchak, informing him that Dr. Randel Penes is still alive and still in possession of the Necronomicon. Among the names that cursed tome has been known by are the Kitah al-Azif, the Cultus Maleficarum, the Liber Logaeth, and the Necronomicon Ex Mortis. Assisting them in dealing with this threat are Dr. Kirsten Helms and Madame Sarna La Rainelle. Paddy Moran from Bullfinches told Kolchak about La Rainelle. She worked with John Legrasse more than once, helped Anton Zarnak escape from the Tindolosi, and knew Marc Thorner, Ravenwood, and Jules de Grandin. Dr. Penes has merged with the creature he previously summoned, the Nyogtha.A Kolchak: The Night Stalker one-shot by C.J. Henderson and Robert Hack, Moonstone Books, 2010. This story serves as a sequel to Henderson’s Kolchak story “What Every Coin Has,” which featured Dr. Penes’ previous use of the Necronomicon. In addition to the aforementioned tale, Richards also appeared in Henderson’s stories “All That Glitters” and “A Forty Share in Innsmouth” and the graphic novel Kolchak: The Night Stalker – The Lovecraftian Horror. The Cultus Maleficarum is from Fred L. Pelton’s “The Sussex Manuscript.” The Liber Logaeth is a real book of alleged Enochian magic that was read by Queen Elizabeth I’s astrologer John Dee, among others. The Necronomicon Ex Mortis is from Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films. Leprechaun Paddy Moran and his bar Bullfinches (or rather Bulfinche’s) are from Patrick Thomas’ Murphy’s Lore series of books. John Legrasse is from Lovecraft’s classic story “The Call of Cthulhu,” while Anton Zarnak is an occult investigator in several stories by Lin Carter and other authors. La Rainelle (or La Raniella) aided both men in Henderson’s stories “To Cast Out Fear” and “Locked Room,” and also appeared alongside Legrasse in Henderson’s novel To Battle Beyond. The Tindolosi (or Tindlosi) are from Frank Belknap Long’s Cthulhu Mythos tale “The Hounds of Tindalos.” Mark Thorner is a policeman ally of Zarnak’s. Ravenwood, “the stepson of mystery,” was created by Frederick C. Davis and appeared in a backup feature in Secret Agent X. Occult investigator Dr. Jules de Grandin’s exploits were chronicled by Seabury Quinn. The Nyogtha is from Henry Kuttner’s Cthulhu Mythos story “The Salem Horror.” Two television sets in a video editing room are showing the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000, which debuted in 1988. This detail must be ignored in order to maintain Kolchak’s adventures in their original time period.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Crossover Cover: Appleby and Honeybath
In this book, Michael Innes teams up two of his series characters, retired Commissioner of Police Sir John Appleby (who was already in the CU through other crossovers) and artist Charles Honeybath, who previously appeared in The Mysterious Commission, Honeybath's Haven, and Lord Mullion's Secret. There is also a reference to the county of Barsetshire from Anthony Trollope's six Chronicles of Barchester novels.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Crossover Cover: The Scarlet Impostor
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Crossover Cover: The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes
This tie-in book for my favorite show of all time purports to be a transcription of F.B.I. Agent Dale Cooper's tape recordings describing his activities from December 25, 1967-February 24, 1989, when he is sent to the small town of Twin Peaks, WA to investigate the murder of a teenage girl found wrapped in plastic. In an entry on March 30, 1968, the fourteen year old Dale writes, "Have just finished reading about Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles. I believe Mr. Holmes is the smartest detective who has ever lived, and would very much like to live a life like he did. It is the Friends School belief that the best thing one can do in life is to do good rather than do well. I believe that in Mr. Holmes I see a way to accomplish this." On November 20, 1988, Dale, bored with the mundane cases the Bureau has been assigning him, says, "Holmes used cocaine, an alternative I find unacceptable. What I need, what any detective needs, is a good case. Something to test oneself to the absolute limit. To walk to the edge of the fire and risk it all. The razor’s edge. Are there any great cases anymore, Diane? Is there a Lindbergh kidnapping, a Brinks robbery, a John Dillinger, a Professor Moriarty?" The reference to Holmes as "the smartest detective who has ever lived" and the mention of Professor Moriarty alongside two real crimes and a real criminal suggest that Holmes and Moriarty exist in the same universe as the characters of Twin Peaks, which had previously been established as taking place in the CU. The book was written by Scott Frost, whose brother Mark co-created the show, and whose father Warren Frost played Dr. Will Hayward on the show. Mark Frost wrote a pair of novels, The List of Seven and The Six Messiahs, about Arthur Conan Doyle and Jack Sparks, on whom Sherlock Holmes was allegedly based. Clearly the Frost family are very fond of Holmes.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Crossover Cover: Avengelyne/Pandora
Monday, April 21, 2014
Crossover Cover: Vile Bodies
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Crossover of the Week
Late Spring 1940
A NASTY BUSINESS
Three criminals in hiding discuss the possibility of being captured by "that Doc fellow and those Justice guys.” The three are gunned down by the Nightmare (Michael Shaw) and his cousin, the Pink Reaper (Kaye Chandler.) The Reaper tells the Nightmare that Benson objected to her calling herself the Pink Avenger. The Nightmare asks her if Clark knows she’s using his mercy bullets. Later, in their civilian identities, Michael and Kaye discover that the owners of a restaurant Kaye frequents have been brutalized by protection racketeers. Michael thinks of how he and a woman named Leda shut down a den of depravity not too long ago. Michael and Kaye have lunch at Moran’s, where they have a discussion with the owner, who mentions his cousin Paddy. Michael goes undercover seeking information at a number of underworld dives, including the Black Ship, while Kaye does the same, albeit in costume, at others, including the Pink Rat. Kaye visits the sister of one of the racketeers, saying that they met at Mrs. Rittenhouse’s last gala. Michael tells Kaye that he was helping Jethro handle “that Yeti problem” at the time of the sister’s wedding. Planning to break into gangster Wolf Hopkins’ brownstone headquarters, the Nightmare says to himself, “I could try the bold approach…kick open the door, guns in hand, demanding to see Hopkins, and ready to shoot down any who oppose me. Richard would do that, he actually likes getting shot at. Kent would find a way to sneak in and surprise the Wolf at his desk.” Spying on a “young man” who turns out to be the sister in disguise, Kaye thinks “Well, why not…it worked for Irene Adler.”
Story by Patrick Thomas and John L. French in From the Shadows, Dark Quest, 2012. “That Doc fellow” is Clark “Doc” Savage, Jr. “Those Justice guys” are Justice, Inc., the group of adventurers led by the Avenger (Richard Henry Benson.) The Nightmare and the Pink Reaper were created by French and Thomas, respectively. Leda Troy is Thomas’ heroine Nemesis, who also appears in his Murphy’s Lore and Terrorbelle books. The owner of Moran’s is Seamus Moran. His cousin Paddy Moran is also from the Murphy’s Lore series. Kent is Kent Allard, alias the Shadow. The Black Ship and the Pink Rat are from the Shadow novels. Mrs. Rittenhouse is from the Marx Brothers movie Animal Crackers. Jethro is Jethro Dumont, aka the Green Lama, who appeared in stories by “Richard Foster” (a pseudonym for Kendell Crossen) in the pulp Double Detective. Richard is Richard Wentworth, aka the Spider. Given the other references, it is reasonable to suppose that Kaye was thinking of Irene Adler as a real person.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Crossover Cover: People vs. Withers and Malone
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Crossover Cover: The New Adventures of Foster Fade, the Crime Spectacularist
Posted by Sean Levin at 11:41 AM 4 comments:
Labels: Adam Lance Garcia, Arthur Conan Doyle, Crossover Covers, Derrick Ferguson, Doc Savage, Foster Fade, Ham Brooks, Lester Dent, Monk Mayfair, Pro Se, Sherlock Holmes, The Diogenes Club
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Crossover Cover: Criminal Macabre: Final Night - The 30 Days of Night Crossover
Monday, April 14, 2014
Crossover Cover: Airboy/G-8
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Crossover of the Week
Miles Jacoby travels to Tampa, Florida to search for a wealthy man’s wife. Jacoby refers a case to Nick Delvecchio in Brooklyn while he’s gone. A Boston P.I. who used to be a professional fighter like Jacoby is mentioned. Fred Carver puts Jacoby in touch with Lt. Alfonso DeSoto.
Novel by Miles Jacoby, edited by Robert J. Randisi, 1993. Nick Delvecchio is the subject of another series of detective novels and stories by Randisi. The professional fighter turned Boston P.I. is Robert B. Parker’s Spenser. Florida-based private eye Fred Carver appears in a series of novels by John Lutz. Lt. DeSoto is one of Carver’s best friends.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Crossover Covers: Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse
Joséphine Balsamo (one of Arsène Lupin's greatest foes) and Irina Putine (an alias for Irene Tupin from the Spanish horror film La Residencia, here portrayed as Lupin's half-sister.) The book is a mixture of revisions of previously published stories with brand-new tales. As one might expect, the stories are filled with crossovers. Win (who wrote the foreword) included the original versions of the reprinted and revised stories in the first two volumes, and I will be including the new stories in Volume 3. You can read my review of the book at this link. I highly recommend this, and all of Rick's work!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Crossover Cover: Ghost Squad: Rise of the Black Legion
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Crossover Cover: The Lone Ranger Chronicles
Monday, April 7, 2014
Crossover Cover: The Sons of Thor
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Crossover of the Week
OUT OF THE BLACKNESS
Baltimore police detective Bianca Jones investigates a series of bizarre rapes. A similar case happened recently in Arkham, Massachusetts. Crime Lab tech Joe Russo asked a Detective Armitage about the Arkham case. Bianca receives a fax from Arkham suggesting that she check with London and call China Alley for possible leads. She goes to meet an informant at his bookshop, which contains copies of Les Cultes des Ghoules; Las Reglas de Ruina; The Undead by John Seward, M.D.; Holmes’ The Whole Art of Detection and Practical Handbook of Bee Culture; and The Dynamics of an Asteroid. The bookseller, Morgan, tells Bianca that the killings are related to a cult worshiping Shub-Niggurath, and mentions Tsathoggua.Short story by John L. French in Here There Be Monsters, Dark Quest, 2010. Arkham and Shub-Niggurath are from the Cthulhu Mythos stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Detective Armitage is doubtless a relative of Professor Henry Armitage from Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror.” London is C.J. Henderson’s private investigator Teddy London. The investigator in China Alley is Anton Zarnak, who was created by Lin Carter, and has appeared in stories by several other authors as well. Since Zarnak left our dimension during the 1998 events of C.J. Henderson’s story “The Door,” “Out of the Darkness” must take place before that story. Les Cultes des Ghoules is from Robert Bloch’s contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos. Las Reglas de Ruina is from Joseph S. Pulver Sr.’s Cthulhu Mythos novel Nightmare’s Disciple. John Seward is from Bram Stoker’s Dracula; his book The Undead also appears in French’s Anton Zarnak story “The Best Solution.” Sherlock Holmes’ The Whole Art of Detection was alluded to in “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange,” while his Practical Handbook of Bee Culture appeared in “His Last Bow.” The Dynamics of an Asteroid was penned by Holmes’ greatest foe, Professor James Moriarty, as mentioned in The Valley of Fear. Tsathoggua appears in Cthulhu Mythos stories by Clark Ashton Smith.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Crossover Cover: Emerald Death
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Crossover Cover: Manchurian Shadows
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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