Sunday, December 21, 2014

Crossover of the Week

            Military intelligence officer Richard Knight battles vampires led by the Grandmaster, who once survived the fires of Mount Vesuvius, and who calls himself “Sir Fran…” before being shot at by Knight. The vampires kill all those aboard the ship Western Star, including Captain Edward “Evil” Larsen, the son of a sea captain with an explosive temper who traded in the Pacific, and was often accused of piracy in whispers. Knight consults a judge who is an expert on the occult about vampires.
            Short story by Frank Schildiner in The New Adventures of Richard Knight, Tommy Hancock, ed., Pro Se Productions, 2012. Richard Knight appeared in stories by Donald E. Keyhoe in the pulp magazine Flying Aces. The Grandmaster is Sir Francis Varney from James Malcolm Rymer’s Varney the Vampire. Evil Larsen’s father is Wolf Larsen from Jack London’s novel The Sea-Wolf. The Judge is Manly Wade Wellman’s Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant. All these connections bring Richard Knight into the CU. The Empire State Building is still under construction, placing this story in 1930 or early 1931.

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