Crossover Cover: Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles
This collection of stories by Kim Newman describes the misdeeds of Professor James Moriarty and Colonel Sebastian Moran. The first story, "A Volume in Vermillion," shows how Moran first came to work for Moriarty. The final story, "The Problem of the Final Adventure" describes the duel between Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, as well as the events leading up to it, from Moran's point of view. All of the story titles are various on the titles of stories from the Holmes canon. Each of the stories has several crossovers. "A Volume in Vermillion" features characters from Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage, while the title story is a sequel to Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. A number of other fictional criminals appear, including the Lord of Strange Deaths (Fu Manchu), Les Vampires, Doctor Nikola, Doctor Mabuse, and A.J. Raffles and Bunny Manders.