Friday, October 31, 2014

Crossover Cover: Blood Rites

Harry Dresden says that the White Council published the Necronomicon, knowing that if too many people try to use a rite, it depletes the energy required to conduct it. Harry’s mentor Ebenazar Blackstaff tells him that half-demon mercenary Jared Kincaid once served Vlad Drakul, father of Dracula, and that Dracula went to the Black Court as a form of teenage rebellion.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Crossover Cover: The Poisoned Chocolates Case

In the round-robin novel Ask a Policeman, four amateur detectives work on the same case independently of each other: Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey (a Wold Newton Family member according to Farmer); Gladys Mitchell's Mrs. Bradley; Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson's Sir John Saumarez; and Anthony Berkeley's Roger Sheringham. Interestingly, all the authors wrote one of the others' characters rather than their own. This novel features Sheringham competing with the other criminology enthusiasts in his Crimes Club to solve a murder first. One of the other members, the one who ultimately provides the solution, is the mild-mannered Ambrose Chitterwick. Chitterwick went on to appear in two non-series novels by Berkeley, The Piccadilly Murder and Trial and Error.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crossover Cover: Hard as Nails

In this novel, P.I. Joe Kurtz tells his ex-girlfriend Rigby King, “My mother was a whore. I didn’t see much of her even before the orphanage. Once when she was drunk, she told me that she thought my old man was a thief, some guy with just one name and that not even his own. Not a second-story guy, but a real hardcase who would set up serious jobs with a bunch of other pros and then blow town forever. She said he and she were together for just a week in the late sixties…She said that he never wanted sex except right after a successful job.” The implication is that Kurtz's father is Parker, a professional thief appearing in novels by "Richard Stark" (Donald E. Westlake.) The Parker novel Plunder Squad shares a scene with Joe Gores' DKA novel Dead Skip, with the same scene being shown from the POVs of the respective authors' characters.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Crossover Cover: The First Synn: The Bloodstone Confidential

Major Gideon Synn attempts to end an alleged curse on the Bloodstone family, having failed in that task seven years ago. Synn recommends to his comrades that they call Ham Brooks, since they will need a lawyer to clear them of any possible murder charges regarding the ninjas they just battled, who have committed suicide. An article about the battle by Moxie Donovan appears in the Daily Star. Synn often takes over teaching the martial art Sulsa Do to students at the Shadows Foundation building when his friend and teacher Anton Chadeaux is away. Synn once explained the Sulsa Do secret of self-concealment to his acquaintance Lamont Cranston, who seemed to understand what he was saying. Synn’s sister Kathy recounts to him a dirty joke she heard from Monk Mayfair. Synn tells Kathy that they’ll have to lay a network of the black light/body heat sensors that Long Tom designed for him around the Bloodstone mansion. Ham, Monk, and Long Tom Roberts are three of Doc Savage's five aides. Moxie Donovan and Anton Chadeaux (aka Dr. Shadows) are two of Teel James Glenn's other series characters. Lamont Cranston in this instance is probably the Shadow posing as the real Cranston.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Crossover of the Week


            Jim Anthony battles a madman who has created a fog that has a lethal effect on those it comes in contact with. Appearing or mentioned are: Inspector Craig; Malone; Joséphine Balsamo; Irma Vep; “that odd Persson woman”; Pickman; Dr. Death; Dr. Satan; “the Mephistophelean master of the Si-Fan”; Fantômas; the Daily Sentinel; Reid; Xonira; Reid Enterprises; Patricia Savage; the Bugle; the Globe; the New York Inquirer; the Sky Band; Police Commissioner Warner; the Kingscote School for Girls; St. Trinian’s; the Minchin’s Seminary; “a dance academy in Freiburg of dubious reputation”; the Black Bat; “that arachnid lunatic in the fright-wig”; Ellen Patrick; Margo Lane; “the Remmers that Wolfe sent around”; Maple-White Land; “a lama with an unfortunate predilection for the color green”; Ravenwood; and Captain Nemo.
            Novel by Joshua Reynolds, Pro Se Press, 2013. Jim Anthony appeared in the pulp magazine Super Detective, in stories written by Victor Rousseau Emanuel, Robert Leslie Bellem, and W.T. Ballard. Inspector Craig is from Robert Barbour Johnson’s short story “Far Below.” Malone is Detective Thomas F. Malone from H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Horror at Red Hook.” Richard Upton Pickman is from Lovecraft’s “Pickman’s Model.” Joséphine Balsamo is Arsène Lupin’s archenemy. Irma Vep is from Louis Feuillade’s silent film serial Les Vampires. Persson is Una Persson, a recurring character in Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse. Dr. Death’s misdeeds were chronicled by Harold Ward in a titular pulp magazine. Dr. Satan’s crimes were recounted by Paul Ernst in Weird Tales. The master of the Si-Fan is Dr. Fu Manchu. Fantômas is the vicious criminal mastermind created by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. Reid is Britt Reid, aka the Green Hornet. The Daily Sentinel and Reid Enterprises are both owned by Reid. Since Britt was based out of Detroit rather than New York, the reporter in this novel must be an employee of the Sentinel’s New York offices. Xonira is from Derrick Ferguson’s novels Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell and Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira. Patricia Savage is Doc Savage’s cousin. The Daily Bugle and the Daily Globe are seen in Spider-Man stories published by Marvel Comics. The New York Inquirer is from Orson Welles’ classic film Citizen Kane. The Sky Band was an all-female group of criminals featured in a storyline in Lee Falk’s comic strip The Phantom. The Black Bat appeared in stories by Norman Daniels in the magazine Black Book Detective. Commissioner Warner is also from the Black Bat stories. The Kingscote School for Girls is from Antonia Forest’s novels about the Marlow family. St. Trinian’s appeared in illustrated cartoons by Ronald Searle that were later adapted into a series of films. The Minchin’s Seminary is from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book A Little Princess. The dance academy in Freiburg is from Dario Argento’s horror film Suspiria. “That arachnid lunatic in the fright-wig” is the Spider. Ellen Patrick is better known as the Domino Lady, who appeared in stories by the pseudonymous “Lars Anderson” published in Saucy Romantic Adventure. Margo Lane is one of the Shadow’s most loyal and trusted agents. Wolfe is Rex Stout’s detective Nero Wolfe; Remmers is the rotund sleuth’s favorite beer. Maple-White Land is from Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. The “lama with an unfortune predilection for the color green” is Jethro Dumont, aka the Green Lama, whose stories were written by Kendell Crossen for the pulp Double Detective. Ravenwood, “the Stepson of Mystery,” is an occult detective appearing in stories by Frederick C. Davis in the pulp Secret Agent X. Captain Nemo is, of course, from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island.