Sunday, September 21, 2014

Crossover of the Week

December 26, 1922
            Charles St. Cyprian speaks to George “Boko” Fittleworth, who resides in Steeple Bumpleigh. According to their mutual friends, Boko’s successes make liver-gnawing characters like Adam Fenwick-Symes and Harold Acton grind their teeth in literary frustration. Boko remarks that it’s a shame none of the Trinity Tiddlers could make it, and that George St. Barleigh enjoyed a touch of the polo. St. Cyprian refers to Tuppy and Bingo, and Boko asks where Bertie Wooster is. Their host Monty Wallace is a member in good standing of several London clubs, including the Drones. St. Cyprian notices a few stragglers from the Runcible set among the guests. Boko remarks that he thought Finknottle was a pedantic ass, with his blasted newts. St. Cyprian mentions his predecessor Carnacki. Monty complains about a bottle of Averoigne ’72 left in his burning house.
            Short story by Josh Reynolds in PulpWork Christmas Special 2012. George “Boko” Fittleworth, Steeple Bumpleigh, Tuppy Glossop, Bingo Little, Bertie Wooster, the Drones Club, and Gussie Fink-Nottle (spelled Finknottle here) are from P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories. Adam Fenwick-Symes and Agatha Runcible are from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies. The Trinity Tiddlers and George St. Barleigh are from the television series Blackadder Goes Forth. Carnacki is from William Hope Hodgson’s short story collection Carnacki the Ghost-Finder. The French province of Averoigne appears in a number of Clark Ashton Smith’s stories.


  1. I've only read Joshua Reynolds's two Executioner novels. Both of which contain crossover references (and both of which are very good.)

    It's interesting that this story most of the crossovers are from comedic series (the exceptions being Carnacki and Averoigne). In the previous St. Cyprian story they were from mostly horror stories (though Wodehouse was reference.) That would make me assume that the previous story was more serious than this one, but since I haven't read it the exact opposite might be true.

  2. Neither story is particularly comedic in tone.

  3. Well, I guess you can't tell by the crossover references.