Friday, June 6, 2014

Crossover Covers: The Many Faces of Arsène Lupin

This anthology from Black Coat Press contains a number of stories featuring Maurice Leblanc's gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, mostly pastiches but also including a short story by Leblanc and a play co-written by him and Francois de Crosset. There are a number of vintage pastiches included, such as Anthony Boucher's "Arsène Lupin vs. Colonel Linnaus," which has a Sherlock Holmes reference, and therefore I have included it in the new volumes. Twelve stories are reprinted from previous Black Coat anthologies, all of which Win included in the first two volumes. Four new stories are also included, all of which will also be in the new volumes: Bradley H. Sinor's "With Cat-Like Tread," Matthew Dennion's "The Price of a Favor," "A Theft of China" by Matthew Ilseman (a follower of this site), and David L. Vineyard's "The Last Jest of Arsène Lupin" (which I treated as an alternate universe story, since it portrays Lupin as Nero Wolfe's father, whereas in the CU Wolfe's father is Sherlock Holmes.)


  1. It's nice to mention that I'm a follower of your site, but sometimes it seems like I'm the only one.

    The portrayal of Lancelot in "With Cat-Like Tread" is somewhat different from "Ex Calce Liberatus", but perhaps they can be reconciled.

  2. I do get a good amount of likes on Facebook when I put the links to each post on my wall and the Wold Newton group there, and when Win shares the links. So you're not the only one who's checking in, even if I don't get a lot of comments.

  3. Yes, more often than not, if I comment on a blog post I follow a link to from a Facebook post, I comment on the facebook thread. :)